February 6, 2012

Hopedale Marina: Tips, Tricks & Where To Fish


Hopedale Marina is a popular destination for inshore anglers looking to catch some speckled trout and redfish. Here is everything you need to know.


Experienced Local Gives You Tips For Launching At Hopedale Marina

Hi, my name is Devin and I can tell you everything you need to know about Hopedale Marina.

This is because I've launched there since the 1990's and have brought back thousands of fish to its cleaning tables, both recreationally and as a guide.

Whether you're a local or visiting from out-of-state, I want you to have a good experience at this superb location, so keep reading!

Where is it located?

Hopedale Marina is located at:

7600 Hopedale Hwy, St Bernard, LA 70085

It's practically at the end of Louisiana Highway 624 (aka Hopedale Highway). You'll see the marina on your right as you approach it, with its big parking lot on the left (its unpaved).

Services Provided

At Hopedale Marina you will find services that include, but are not limited to:

  • Live Bait
  • Tackle Store
  • Restrooms
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Boat Ramp
  • Kayak Launch
  • Cleaning Tables
  • Bagged Ice
  • Parking
  • Boat Storage
  • Friendly Staff

Is there a boat hoist?

There used to be, but no longer is. If you want to launch your boat, you will have to do so yourself via the boat ramp.

What kind of live bait is available?

White and brown shrimp are the most common live bait you will find, but – depending on availability – you will also see live croakers, cocahoes, and storm minnows.

How much is the launch fee?

It's ten dollars, and has been that way forever. There's an honesty box on the boat ramp in case the store is closed.

Map of Hopedale Marina

If you've never been to this location before then you may find the below map useful.

After all, it can get pretty busy and you don't want to spend time learning things the hard way, do you?

hopedale marina layout

Now here's a closeup so you know where all the amenities are:

Hopedale Marina Map

Additional Information

Here are some other things people ask when inquiring about Hopedale Marina:

Wasn't it called Breton Sound Marina?

Yes, that was the name for years until ownership changed hands in 2016. The good ol' days of Breton Sound Marina are behind us.

Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale Louisiana

Popular Fishing Spots Near Hopedale Marina

The surrounding marsh offers great fishing for inshore species such as speckled trout, redfish, flounder, croaker, white trout and even largemouth bass. 

While this guide cannot cover every single fishing spot, it does cover these popular destinations.

MRGO Long Rocks

This is a community honey hole that turns on in the spring and remains active throughout the summer, with Hopedale Marina being one of the best places to launch.

The guide at this link completely breaks down everything you need to know about it, as well as how to fish it.

Spoil Canal

Ponds off the Spoil Canal offer great fishing for redfish year round.

Click here to watch a video detailing how to safely navigate the Spoil Canal.

MRGO Rock Dam

This is another popular community honey hole near Hopedale Marina that does well year round. 

The north side of the Rock Dam is the easiest to get to from Hopedale Marina, but getting to the other side is a little trickier and this video shows you exactly how to do that.

Find Your Own Fishing Spots Around Hopedale

While the above Hopedale fishing spots are good places to begin looking for biting fish, it is highly recommended that you learn to how to find fish on your own.

This seven step process breaks that down beautifully.

Hopedale Fishing Reports

Fishing reports for Hopedale and nearby areas can be found inside our fishing report group on Facebook, LAFB Inshore.

With over 16,000 members and counting, you are bound to find a recent Hopedale fishing report that will help you find biting fish.

Watch My Fishing Trips Out Of Hopedale Marina

I've been launching out of Hopedale Marina for years, and can show you exactly where and how to catch fish according to the conditions.

You'll find videos of my fishing trips at LAFB Elite.

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a former fishing guide and lifelong inshore angler. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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