Lake Fishing

The Lake Ponchatrain Basin Foundation constructed nine artificial reefs in Lake Pontchartrain between 2000 and 2009. The reefs are great fishing spots and can be easily worked into a strategy for a day's fishing. The reefs seem to be a biological success. They have not moved and continue to see more colonization and different species of fish. Overall, 50 species of clams, shrimp, fish, crabs, etc have been documented. Fish species are listed below.

Sites in Jefferson: (Generally, these sites should not be fished by flat boat or by boats smaller than 16 feet. For coordinates, please go to:

Bonnabel Boat Launch

  • Shell pad north of launch
  • Artificial reef ball site north of Pontchartrain Beach Causeway Bridge
  • Mouth on the Industrial Canal
  • Ten shell pads west of Causeway Bridge
  • Three artificial reef ball sites west of Causeway

Williams Boat Launch

  • Causeway Bridge
  • Two shell pad north of Bonnabel boat launch
  • Numerous oil and gas platforms northwest of Williams Power line

Fish Documented Near Reefs

American eel

freshwater drum 

sand seatrout 

Atlantic croaker 

gaff top sail catfish 

sea catfish

Atlantic spadefish 

gray snapper 


Atlantic stingray

Gulf menhaden


bay anchovy 

Gulf toadfish 

skipjack herring

black drum

inland silversides

southern flounder

blue catfish

Jack crevalle


bull shark 

naked goby 

spotted seatrout

freckled blenny 


striped anchovy

red drum

striped mullet


Please contact the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation for all information regarding the Lake Pontchartrain .
(504) 836-2205 or

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