Dogwood Lodge - Biloxi Marsh, Louisiana
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
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 will often do so close to the boat! Sight fish the narrow bayous and shallow ponds for larger reds.
Biloxi Guided Fishing Facts
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. 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 and pick you 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.
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.
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
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. On the deck, there are two outdoor seating areas to enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink while taking in the sights and sounds of the marsh.
Meals and Beverages
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.