Red Drum (Redfish)

Range & Habitat

Redfish are found throughout the Gulf and up the East Coast.  They are very tolerant to drastic weather changes and salinity levels, it isn’t uncommon to find Redfish in saltwater estuaries with very low salinity levels or those that have even temporarily turned totally fresh. These fish really have no preferred bottom type, they can be found around hard bottom structure such as oyster reefs or a muddy flat. Redfish are very aggressive fish that will put their comfort aside to feed.

Size

Redfish from 1 to 10 pounds populate the inshore waterways in Louisiana, but it isn’t uncommon to find one weighing more in the marsh.

“Bull” Redfish are prized by all anglers along the Gulf Coast.  Here at KFL a “Bull” Redfish is one found within the marsh measuring 30″ or larger.  The brute strength of these fish often pulls a kayak around taking an angler on what is known as a “Sleigh Ride”.

Regulatioins

Five fish per angler. 16″ minimum, only one of the five over 27″.

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

Range & Habitat

Speckled trout are found deep inside inshore estuaries out into 30 feet of water offshore.  When small in size, they school heavily, as they grow the numbers in the school decrease.  Different types of bottom contour are favored throughout the year, and their locations within an estuary changes with the seasons.  Unlike redfish, they are affected more by environmental changes and can be here today, gone tomorrow.

Size

Speckled Trout from 1-3 pounds are the typical schooling size trout throughout the state. Fish to 5 pounds are common, and
speckled trout exceeding 10 pounds are occasionally landed.

 

Regulations

12 inch minimum total length; 25 daily limit per person in most ares, some areas have a 15 fish maximum per person. No more than two of the 25 (or 15) over 25 inches.

Southern Flounder (Flounder)

Range & Habitat

Flounders can be found on mud and sand bottoms, from shallow, low-salinity estuaries to shallow offshore waters. This fish will enter fresh water and has been leaving low-salinity areas to travel up rivers 100 miles.

Size

Flounder can get really big, like up to three feet in length and weighing 20 pounds or more. Most fish caught inshore are in the 1-5 pound range.
“Doormat” flounder are those weighing 5 pounds or measuring above 24 inches for us kayak anglers.

Regulatioins

No size limit; 10 fish per person per consecutive day on the water.

Sheepshead (Sheephead)

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Range & Habitat

Sheephead are very common near structure and cover that allow shellfish and smaller marine life to flourish like rock jetties, piers, pilings, and weirs.  They are also found along the coast just outside of the beaches during their spawning period from February-April.
They occupy a range of water salinity from seawater to near-fresh.

Sheephead are targeted by sport-fishermen on by fly rod and light tackle; they truly are a fun fighting fish.

Size

Sheephead are commonly found in the 2-8 pound range, but can reach 20 pounds or more.

Regulations

10″ minimum – errr umm…if you plan on keeping them.  They are said to be excellent table fare, but their sharp spines keep many from cleaning them. No limit on sheepshead.