Trip Overview 

Located just on the edge of the Biloxi Marsh, the new Dogwood Lodge is a historical vessel that was originally built for the US Coast Guard as buoy tender on the upper Mississippi River. It was later purchased by a cruise company and converted into a multi-day vessel for river cruises. Staying on the vessel while being guided by some of the best redfish guides in Louisiana will equate to a complete Louisiana low country fishing experience! You will literally be able to step right off the vessel and onto your guide’s skiff to start your day on the water! This trip is all about trading scenes of the big city for scenes of shrimp boats, alligators, and the low country landscape of the Louisiana marsh. And while stunning copper-colored redfish will be your target species, you'll also have opportunities to catch sheepshead, black drum, jacks, and alligator gar. Fly fishing Louisiana for monster bull redfish is truly a fisherman's paradise!

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION: Hopedale, Louisiana

SEASON: Year-round fishing (lodge closes June - August)

CAPACITY: 12 guests

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

TARGET SPECIES: Redfish, sheepshead, black drum, jacks, speckled trout, and alligator gar

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Louisiana charter fishing license

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Lodging Details
The new Dogwood Lodge is located just past the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale, Louisiana which on the doorstep of the Biloxi Marsh. Hopedale is about 1 hour southeast of New Orleans. This location offers quick and easy access to some of the best inshore sight fishing for trophy redfish due to the almost year-round water clarity and endless wild marshes.

The vessel features a lounge area known as the Mississippi Room on the second deck with comfortable seating, a wide screen television, and bar for socializing. There is also an outdoor seating area to enjoy your morning coffee or  evening drink while taking in the sights and sounds of the marsh. The lodge offers 6 private rooms, each with 2 twin beds, a private bath, and air conditioning unit. The rooms are named after the rivers the boat has traversed throughout it's past. The dining room seats 12 guests for meals and can also easily convert into a meeting room for corporate retreats and training sessions. The two open decks on the vessel provide space to relax and absorb the magnificent surroundings.

Food and Beverages
Anybody who has visited the deep south knows that good food is part of the draw and experience. Your stay at the new Dogwood Lodge will be no exception. Southern and Cajun cuisine will be on the menu every day with no shortage of fresh seafood being on the menu. Packages will include a hot breakfast before your guide trip, lunch along with snacks, soft drinks and water on the guide boat, and then appetizers and dinner back at the lodge. And don't forget about the complimentary bar on the vessel. If you desire to take any alcoholic beverages with you on the guide boat during your day of fishing, you must bring it with you. The lodge legally cannot provide alcoholic beverages to take with you on the guide boats.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers accompanying anglers to Louisiana, or for those looking to take a day off from fishing, there are an endless number of activities and attractions that are available when visiting Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. In New Orleans itself, take advantage of numerous history and heritage tours, enjoy the city’s world-famous cuisine, explore the famous nightlife on Bourbon Street, visit museums, shop, take in a professional sporting event, enjoy area festivals, and much more.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available on the vessel in the upper deck lounge area and most cell phones work while on the property.


General Information
The Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands located on the eastern side of Louisiana which borders the Gulf of Mexico that can be fished almost year-round! Crisscrossed by bayous and canals, dotted with innumerable lakes, bays, ponds and lagoons, it provides a rich variety of habitat that offers some of the best redfishing anywhere! And the Dogwood Lodge is lcoated only minutes away from it all!

When fishing the vast, beautiful marshes of the coast of Southeast Louisiana, the exact waters where you’ll be fishing during your guide trip will depend on the time of the year, as well as the general weather and water conditions during the time of your stay. Typical areas where the guides will take you will offer outstanding opportunities for shallow-water sight fishing for mean redfish. Louisiana redfish can offer as challenging an angling experience as any other game fish out there. That said, they also love to eat flies in shallow and will often times do so incredibly close to the boat! It's all about the eat!

The Hopedale area can be fished almost year-round and hold an amazingly large and healthy population of redfish. The redfish share these beautiful areas with abundant and diverse bird life, alligators, numerous species of turtles, sea otters, raccoons, dolphin, and many species residing both below and above the water’s surface. Southeast Louisiana’s vast marsh ecosystem is an amazing place and truly one of America’s most impressive saltwater fisheries.


How To Get There
The physical address of the Breton Sound Marina, where the Hopedale Lodge located, is 7600 Hopedale Hwy, Saint Bernard, Louisiana 70085. If you are driving, go past the marina and the Dogwood will be the last dock on your right prior to the end of the road. Private taxi, van, limo, helicopter, or seaplane transportation can also be arranged at an addtional cost if requested. However, most guests choose to rent a car upon arrival in New Orleans and drive on their own. Drive time from the New Orleans Airport to the marina should take about 1 hour in length.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Check-in time is after 3:00 PM upon arrival and check-out is before 11:00 AM upon departure. If you are fishing on departure day, bags must be packed and moved out of your room before you head out for your day of fishing.

Documents Required
Louisiana charter fishing license which can be purchase over the phone upon arrival.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy lodging and fishing. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

2018 Pricing
3 Nights / 2 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,330.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,902.50
5 Nights / 4 Days of Guided Fishing = $2,475.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,047.50
7 Nights / 6 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,620.00

Single occupancy rooms = $75 more per person / per night

What's Included

  • All lodging as specified in package
  • Number of days of guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Breakfast and dinner at the lodge
  • Bag lunch, sodas, and water during guide trips
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the lodge
  • Use of rod/reel, all flies, and all terminal tackle during guided trips

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation (can be arranged at an additional cost)
  • Gratuities for fishing guides
  • Gratuities for lodge staff
  • Fishing licenses
  • Lodging taxes
  • Alcohol during your guide trips

Please note that you will need to bring with you any alcoholic beverages if desired to bring on your guide’s boat during your day of fishing. The lodge is legally not allowed to give you any alcohol to take on the boat with you. Conventional inshore fishing, duck hunting, and cast & blast trips are available upon request.