Dogwood Lodge - Biloxi Marsh

Louisiana Redfishing

Fly/Spin Sightfishing and Conventional Fishing

Stay aboard Dogwood Lodge, a redfishing and duck hunting liveaboard hotel in the marshlands of Louisiana, 45-miles southeast of New Orleans. The Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands located on the eastern side of Louisiana, bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation, founded in 1936, owns approximately 90,000 acres of marshlands and leases a portion of its surface to private individuals for fishing and hunting.

The Biloxi Marsh

Louisiana Redfishing

The Biloxi Marsh provides hundreds of miles of some of the best redfishing in the world. The salt marshes are vast, healthy, and provide easy access to great inshore fishing for redfish, speckled trout, and many other species, as well as great duck hunting.
Due to the almost year-round clarity of the water and endless wild marshes, the Biloxi offers opportunities for trophy redfish.
Reds love to eat flies in shallow water and often dine close to the boat! Sight fish the narrow bayous and shallow ponds for larger reds.

Redfishing Biloxi

Biloxi Guided Fishing Facts

Biloxi Fishing Boats

Season:  The Hopedale area can be fished year-round, with peak fishing during the fall. Redfishing championships are held during October.
Travel Time:  From the Liveaboard, it takes 10 to 45-minutes, depending on where the fish are. You'll cross the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, then enter the western edge of the marsh.
Guides:  The Lodge works with outstanding and reputable guides and outfitters.
Fly/Spin Sightfishing Packages:  Technical poling boats such as Hells Bay and Chittum skiffs are used. Two anglers per boat and guide. The guides pick you up at 8:00 a.m., returning you to the Liveaboard at 4:00 p.m.
Conventional Lure/Bait Fishing Packages:  Guides use 24' to 26' bay boats. Three to four anglers per boat and guide. The guides pick the group up at 6:00 a.m., returning you to the Liveaboard between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Packages Include:  Fuel, ice, flies or tackle, and fish cleaning. If you plan to take fish home, you'll need to bring Ziplok bags and coolers.
Equipment:  The guides supply all rods, reels, and tackle.
Fishing License:  Your fishing license is not included in the package. For 5-days fishing, you will need to purchase two three-day charter passenger licenses, $10.00 each.

Liveaboard Lodging:

The Dogwood Lodge

The Dogwood Lodge, a 114-foot liveaboard vessel, is moored in the Hopedale Marina. The Dogwood is a historical vessel that the US Coast Guard employed as a buoy tender on the upper Mississippi River. A cruise ship company later converted it into a multi-day vessel for river cruises.

Lounge Area

Dogwood Lounge Area

On the second deck, you'll find the lounge area known as the Mississippi Room. Homey, comfortable seating, a widescreen television, and a bar.
Bar: After a day of fishing, you'll enjoy appetizers in the lounge and libations and the complimentary self-serve bar. If you desire to take alcoholic beverages with you out fishing (cans only), you must purchase the alcohol elsewhere and bring it with you.

Dining Room and Cabin

Dining Room and a Cabin Bedroom

The dining room, named the Ohio Room, seats 12, also serves as a meeting room for corporate events and training sessions. The Liveaboard has six private bedrooms. Each room has two twin beds and a private bathroom. There are two outdoor seating areas on the deck to enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink while taking in the sights and sounds of the marsh.

Meals and Beverages

Self-Serve Bar in the Lounge

Meals:  Hot breakfasts. You'll take a sack lunch plus snacks, soft drinks, and bottled water for your fishing day. Delicious Southern and Cajun cuisine are on the daily menu.

Fly Fishing Biloxi Marsh

Getting to Dogwood Lodge:

You'll fly to New Orleans and either rent a car or call a shuttle service which is $120.00 one-way for a party of up to seven. New Orleans to Hopedale is about a 75-minute drive, depending on traffic. There's not much to the town of Hopedale, just a couple of local fishing camps. Once you arrive in Hopedale, you'll board the Liveaboard, enjoy dinner, and prepare for fishing the next day.

2023 Rates - Customize Your Package

Liveaboard Hotel Rates:
Includes:  Lodging, meals, and complimentary bar.
Double-Occupancy Lodging:
$250.00 per person per night
Single-Occupancy Lodging:
$325.00 per person per night

Guided Conventional Fishing Trips:
Includes:  Guided fishing, lunch, bottled water/sodas, fuel, ice, tackle, bait and fish cleaning.
Up to 3-anglers $900.00 per boat per day
Up to 4-anglers $1,000.00 per boat per day
Wade fishing trip to both Breton and Chandeleur Islands
Up to 3-anglers $1,050.00 per boat per day
Up to 4-anglers $1,150.00 per boat per day

Guided Fly or Spin Sightfishing Trips:
Includes:  Guided fishing, fuel, ice, use of rods and reels, tackle or flies.
Up to 2-anglers $830.00 per boat per day

Guided Duck Hunting Charter:
$400.00 per person per hunt.
You'll need to bring your own shotgun and shells. Bird cleaning is included.

Fishing Packages + Liveaboard Lodging Package Includes:

Lodging, breakfast and dinner at the Lodge, a bag lunch, sodas, and water during guided trips, house alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks at the Lodge, guided fishing, use of rod and reel, all tackle, bait, or flies, depending on your package.

Duck Hunting Package + Liveaboard Lodging Package Includes:

 Lodging, guided hunting, bird cleaning, breakfast and dinner at the Lodge, a bag lunch, sodas, and water during guided trips, and house alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks at the Lodge.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare, ground transfers from New Orleans to the Liveaboard, gratuities for guides and lodge staff, fishing license, alcohol during guide trips, 6.45-percent lodging tax, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not covered under inclusions.

Request an Information Packet.  

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558