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Bayou Lamoque

Plaquemines County, Louisiana.

Bayou Lamoque ends in Empire, Louisiana.

3.17 miles long (5.10 kilometers)

About The Bayou Lamoque

About Bayou Lamoque, LA

Bayou Lamoque is a slow-moving swampy stream in Plaquemines Parish Bay, Louisiana; it connects the Mississippi river into wetlands adjacent to Black Bay and Breton Sound. 

The Lamoque bayou constantly experiences shoreline erosion from wave action and oil and gas activities in the area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Office of Coastal Restoration and Protection and Plaquemines Parish officials, is trying to preserve the bay. 

They are doing the preservation by setting up a project designed to continuously divert 13,000 CFS of water from the Mississippi River water into Bayou Lamoque. In turn, it will create approximately 620 acres of new marshland, increase the aquatic vegetation in the marsh ponds and channels, and improve both the bayou and surrounding wildlife. This project that spans about 20 years, will help minimize the impact of oil and gas activities on Bayou Lamoque and the fragile ecosystems of eastern Plaquemines Parish. 

Bayou Lamoque Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Bayou Lamoque, LA

Louisiana’s freshwater fishing is world-famous for its bounty. In Bayou Lamoque, fishing may yield a variety of catches, as the waters which flow from the Mississippi River and small streams connect to the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers can catch several fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, white crappie, black crappie, white bass, striped bass, and catfish can be caught here.

Bayou Lamoque littoral land is heavily vegetated and is teeming with wildlife. It is home to various terrestrial, aquatic, and aerial animals. The once-endangered American alligator resides in this bayou and its nearby parts. The highly deadly venomous cottonmouth snake can also be seen slithering around the bayou. Birds, bears, bobcats, and other small mammals also call the bayou and surrounding parts its home. Invertebrates such as bugs, insects, shrimps, and crayfish are in abundance and considered at the bottom of the food chain. They serve as food for the fish and other small animals in the bayou.

There are countless fishing places around the Bayou Lamoque, but it is advised not to fish alone for safety reasons as the Bayou Lamoque is also home to various wildlife. Fly boats or drift boats are the most popular way to get around the bayou, and fly fishing and baitcasting is the most popular fishing technique used by fishermen. 

Another popular fishing method done by locals is noodling. Noodling is a fishing sport where fishers wiggle their fingers in front of catfish’s mud holes, enticing the fish to bite. When the fish bite, the noodler sticks his/her arm down the fish's throat and grabs it by the gills. This fishing technique is dangerous because the murky waters of the bayou make it impossible to see what animal is inside the mud hole. 

Bayou Lamoque Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality 

Louisiana has a relatively mild climate, making Bayou Lamoque and surrounding waters viable to fish all year round. Its peak season primarily depends on the spawning season of each fish species, but because of the abundance of fish species, there are always abundant catches regardless of the season. In terms of weather temperature, fish species in Bayou Lamoque usually don’t tolerate the heat of the afternoon sun and often go on hiding or in dipper water to avoid the heat. It is best to fish early in the morning or late in the afternoon where the fish are more active. 

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality 

Louisiana has a relatively mild climate, making Bayou Lamoque and surrounding waters viable to fish all year round. Its peak season primarily depends on the spawning season of each fish species, but because of the abundance of fish species, there are always abundant catches regardless of the season. In terms of weather temperature, fish species in Bayou Lamoque usually don’t tolerate the heat of the afternoon sun and often go on hiding or in dipper water to avoid the heat. It is best to fish early in the morning or late in the afternoon where the fish are more active. 

Bayou Lamoque Fish Species

All About Fishing in Bayou Lamoque, LA

Louisiana’s freshwater fishing is world-famous for its bounty. In Bayou Lamoque, fishing may yield a variety of catches, as the waters which flow from the Mississippi River and small streams connect to the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers can catch several fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, white crappie, black crappie, white bass, striped bass, and catfish can be caught here.

Bayou Lamoque littoral land is heavily vegetated and is teeming with wildlife. It is home to various terrestrial, aquatic, and aerial animals. The once-endangered American alligator resides in this bayou and its nearby parts. The highly deadly venomous cottonmouth snake can also be seen slithering around the bayou. Birds, bears, bobcats, and other small mammals also call the bayou and surrounding parts its home. Invertebrates such as bugs, insects, shrimps, and crayfish are in abundance and considered at the bottom of the food chain. They serve as food for the fish and other small animals in the bayou.

There are countless fishing places around the Bayou Lamoque, but it is advised not to fish alone for safety reasons as the Bayou Lamoque is also home to various wildlife. Fly boats or drift boats are the most popular way to get around the bayou, and fly fishing and baitcasting is the most popular fishing technique used by fishermen. 

Another popular fishing method done by locals is noodling. Noodling is a fishing sport where fishers wiggle their fingers in front of catfish’s mud holes, enticing the fish to bite. When the fish bite, the noodler sticks his/her arm down the fish's throat and grabs it by the gills. This fishing technique is dangerous because the murky waters of the bayou make it impossible to see what animal is inside the mud hole. 

Redbreast Sunfish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 8" - 12"

Bluegill

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"

Smallmouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"