By Penny Fox
Louisiana is a great place to fish with so many options for freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout the state. Whether you’re a novice fisherman or an experienced one, you’ll need to replace or repair new supplies and equipment from time to time. You’ll also need a source for bait and other sundry items for your fishing trip. Below are 10 of the best bait and tackle shops in the state where you can get everything you need or ask questions about brands, the best places to go, or share your own fish story with likeminded folks. Escape, unwind, and go fishing!
It’s all about that bass (and crappie) at Honey Hole Tackle Shop in West Monroe, Louisiana. Owner Honey Hole opened in 1991 with the idea of creating a “reel” place for fisherman, and has been that kind of place ever since. At this unique shop, you’ll find fishing experts.
You’ll find knowledgeable and friendly people at Superior Bait & Tackle who are happy to help you with all your fishing needs. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this family-owned bait shop opened in 1999, and carries brand names like Z-Man and Shimano, but also help locate specialty items and your favorite hard-to-find requests. Need your rod or reel repaired? They can do that, too, and set up a time to provide instructions when you need to know how to build your own rod or make a leader. They even help organize a saltwater or freshwater charter for your group. Open every day except Sunday.
What do speckled trout and triple tails have in common? They’re both not far from Rigolets Bait & Seafood in Slidell, Louisiana. This full-service family owned bait and tackle shop has everything you could possible need for your next fishing trip. Tackle, bait, fuel, food, licenses, marine hardware, safety equipment, and more with featured brands like D.O.A., Category 5, and more. If you’re looking for a great family destination that includes fishing, Rigolets has the best amenities around, and they’re open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Serving the local fishing community for more than 90 years, Bacon’s Tackle in Shreveport, Louisiana, is the place to go for overall best customer satisfaction. They specialize in finding hard-to-find items, and can usually get it quickly. If you have a question, they take the time to make sure you get an answer, something a lot of the big box stores don’t take the time to do. Open daily except on Sundays.
Gus’ Tackle & Nets is a locally owned and operated fishing supply store in Slidell, Louisiana. They also provide rod and reel maintenance and repair services. Best of all, everyone at Gus’ Tackle knows about fish and fishing and can help answer any question you have. If they don’t know it, they’ll find out.
No matter what you need for your next fishing trip, you can find it at Terry’s Live Bait in Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Clean and well managed, this family-owned and family-friendly establishment is one of the best shops around. Situated on the water, it won’t take long to get your supplies, and everyone leaves satisfied. Open every day, you’ll have a new best friend at Terry’s.
You’ve got a friend at Fisherman’s Friend Bait Shop in Chalmette, Louisiana. More than just a bait shop, and located behind the Marina Hotel, the philosophy here is that “good things come to those who bait.” Open every day, the owners of this third-generation family-owned store can help you catch more fish by providing proven techniques and quality resources. No fuss, no mess. Just a good place to get your fishing supplies.
Top notch is how this bait and tackle shop in Marrero, Louisiana, is known by customers. Barataria Bait & Tackle is a great place to buy local because it’s a store for fisherman run by fisherman. It makes a big difference in trusting that you’re getting high-quality products and sound advice when you know you’re not just a customer. You’ll not find out where the fish are biting at the large box stores, but it’s part of the conversation when you stop by Barataria’s. Open daily except Sundays.
Located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, Puglia’s Sporting Goods in Metairie isn’t your average fishing supply store. Also stocking firearms, and hunting and marine supplies, Puglia’s is open every day except Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Embracing the rich Louisiana culture and outdoor heritage combined with being in business for over 40 years, gives this shop a big advantage over the larger box stores that may carry quantity, but don’t have the tendency for customer service or product guarantees. When you shop here, you can count on getting the best product for the best price.
Sometimes the smallest places are the hidden gems of an area. That’s true with Gail’s Bait Shop. With a large selection of live bait and offshore and onshore tackle and equipment, Gail’s in Leeville, Louisiana, prefers to spend their time helping people be better fisherman. Open Thursday through Sunday for all your fishing needs.