Bayou Country Charters is a New Orleans Fishing Guide Service that Specializes in catching Redfish & Speckled Trout.

Captain Joel Barras' professional fishing guide service delivers an unforgettable New Orleans charter fishing experience. We’re located in Lafitte, Louisiana just 40 minutes from the New Orleans French Quarter. This means you can be on New Orleans Redfish & Speckled Trout within minutes. We always have a bay boat on hand that will seat 1-5 people and a professional fishing guide that will get you hooked up with fish. Additional boats are available at all times for larger groups. All captains are US Coast Guard licensed, insured and trained in first aid.

Daily Rates – Rates are Per Boat Not Per Person

  • 1 – 2 Persons $600.00 Total Fishing Trip
  • 3 Persons $700.00 Total Fishing Trip
  • 4 Persons $800.00 Total Fishing Trip

Call 504-881-6016 or Book your trip online!

For safety reasons, most of our captains only fish 4 anglers per boat. We have 2 boats that can fish up to 5 Persons. If you have a group of 6 or more people we can accommodate you by using more than one boat. We operate multiple boats each day.

We offer morning and afternoon chartered fishing trips. Our morning trips normally depart at safe-light and return by 1–2:00 pm. Our afternoon fishing trips depart 1:30–2:00 pm and return before dark. Times can be modified to meet your schedule. guided fishing trips are normally 6.5–8 hours.

What's included in your charter fishing trip:

  • 21-25 foot Bay Fishing Boat
  • Fuel, Oil
  • Rods and reels
  • Fishing Bait
  • Ice
  • Bottled Water
  • Fish cleaned and bagged at no additional charge

Live bait is available for an additional charge.

3-Day Charter License

Unless you are exempt or hold a Louisiana Saltwater License you will need a 3-day fishing charter license which can be obtained here:

Buy 3-Day Charter License

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because we catch fish.

Bayou Country Charters charter captains are very confident that you will catch fish, South Louisiana has some of the best fishing in the country for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheephead and Black Drum. It’s our job to put you on fish and that’s what we’re experts at.


Deposit amount is $150.00 per boat.

Our chartered fishing trip rates include :

  • Fishing rods, reels, and tackle (bait)
  • Ice
  • Fuel
  • Your CATCH cleaned and bagged.

Lodging and transportation are available with with our Fishing Vacation Packages – contact us for prices! We can also make arrangements to have your CATCH shipped home to you.

Tips are not required but are always appreciated.

Seasonal Fishing Conditions in Lafitte Louisiana

Spring months are normally a little windy so expect to fish inside the marshes on those days

Summer normally allows for a few more trips into open water to fish structures 

Fall is a lot like spring with fronts moving thru the area look to fish more inside the marsh also fishing are starting to move into there winter areas 

Winter fish normally look for deeper holes on the colder days and the marsh on warmer ones

Payment & Cancellation Info

Full payment of charter is due upon completion of your fishing trip.

If you cancel your fishing trip you must contact us, in writing, a minimum of 10 days prior to your scheduled trip to receive a credit.

All fishing trips are subject to cancellation by the CAPTAIN due to severe weather conditions. If a trip is cancelled by your captain it will be rescheduled. All cancellations take place prior to leaving the dock.


  • Leana Burke
    Leana Burke
    15:22 29 Jul 19
    My husband and his friends had a blast on their fishing trip. Capt. Ron did a phenomenal job and made the trip so much fun with how engaging he was. They will definitely be back and recommend this charter to anyone looking for a great fishing trip!
    Daniel McGuckian
    Daniel McGuckian
    19:46 23 Apr 19
    Definitely recommend him. Captain Joel knows the spots really well. We caught a lot of fish with him. Also great personality and sense of humor.
    Debbie Philip
    Debbie Philip
    00:01 24 Mar 19
    Just awful I would not recommend these guys letting you go on a "swamp tour "with them.First of all they took us out of regular fishing boats....second of all after watching all the videos of social media on what most swamp tours do these guys pulled out a fishing pole and hooked one of the alligators and brought him into the boat for people to take pictures with ......very inhumane. The captain told us nothing but lies being that I am a marine biology major. I just wanted it to end we did not go into any swamp we just went into some man-made waterways ,they had no moss on the trees you didn't really see anything else.The first little baby alligator that we seen he stopped and hooked him with a fishing pole unlike most tour companies where you see on social media where they actually feed the animals on the side of you instead of torturing him with a hook in his back. Somebody please tell these guys to stick to fishing and leave the swamp tours to other professionals.
    Andrew Gamble
    Andrew Gamble
    20:01 22 Nov 18
    My girlfriend and I booked a trip on Thanksgiving day and Joel made it happen, put us on a ton of fat red fish, sheap head and black drum. He was super professional but also laid back and was not high strung or demanding like many other charters that I have been on. I highly recommend Joel fun guy great fisherman.
    Dylan Docker
    Dylan Docker
    16:20 07 Aug 17
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! My dad and I (from Colorado) had never fished the bayou, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Captain Joel was great and the fishing was even better!
    Justin HEld
    Justin HEld
    17:03 30 Jul 17
    This was such a fun experience! Joel was so funny and fantastic to fish with and was a great guide. We limited out within 2 hours and Joel was nice enough for us to continue to fish for other fish for another 5 hours. Amazing venture for an amazing price. Whether you are from Louisiana or else where Bayou Country Chart is the place to go!
    Michael Leverrier
    Michael Leverrier
    19:47 20 May 17
    Great time, second trip I've been on with Joel and he takes great care of us every time.
    Mike Abbruzzese
    Mike Abbruzzese
    13:40 17 May 17
    Joel from Bayou Country Charters was super helpful. I contacted him only a few weeks before I was headed to New Orleans and he was already booked. He made several calls to reputable charters and connected me with 3 guys who were very professional and helped us catch lots of fish. We had a great day and caught a bunch of keepers - red fish, speckled trout and sheeps head, which we had cooked locally creole style. Joel followed up with me to make sure everything was going as planned. I would highly recommend Bayou Country Charters. Top Notch!
    Eric Lee
    Eric Lee
    00:23 30 Apr 17
    Had a great time with the boys and Captain Joel today! Although the wind was tough he put us on redfish for a limit and picked up a couple catfish, drum and a sheep head. We really appreciate Captain Joel's efforts in tough condition and his jokes. We will be going back for another trip for sure! We highly recommend his charter service.
    Joe Giammanco
    Joe Giammanco
    01:19 10 Oct 16
    Had a great time fishing with Jared. Caught numerous redfish, a few flounder, and had a nice scenic ride in the boat. We went out on an afternoon boat trip and really enjoyed our time.
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