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Louisiana Redfish - New Orleans

Woodland Plantation, Louisiana

October 1st - 6th, 2022 with host Pat Kelly & October 26th - 31st, 2022 with host Brian Flechsig

Both trips now FULL!

-October 26-31, 2022

Woodland Plantation

When you think of southern comfort, sitting in a rocking chair on the broad veranda of an antebellum home on a warm summer's day is more likely to come to mind than "Southern Comfort", the Grande Old Drink of the south. At Woodland Plantation, the country home of southern comfort as we refer to it, you will find both.


Mad River Outfitters is thrilled to be hosting it's clients in this fabulous setting. We couldn't have imagined a more perfect setting.

Just 40 minutes south of New Orleans, Woodland and Spirits Hall offer outstanding service and cuisine in a unique setting rich in history, culture and natural beauty. You will discover a fascinating land and people when you travel down into the Deep Mississippi Delta. The Deep Delta is also quite possibly the top fishery in North America. You won't believe the redfishing available within a short drive from the lodge.

Woodland Plantation was built in the 1830s by one of America's first chief river pilots, Captain William Johnson. Captain Johnson and his partner, George Bradish, were sea captains/pirates from Nova Scotia who had come down to the Deep Delta in the late 1700s and worked for river pilot Juan Ronquillo. 


In 1793, just before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Captains Johnson and Bradish built a grand home, Magnolia Plantation, 4 miles south of where Woodland now stands. Both families lived at Magnolia for 40 or so years until William sold his shares of Magnolia and built Woodland.
Captain Johnson and his 4 sons built a thriving sugar cane plantation with one of the most modern mills of its time. William was also in partnership with the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte. Lafitte would pirate ships off shore then bring the slaves up Grand Bayou, which was a short cut to the Gulf of Mexico
 from Woodland, and hold then at 4 large two-story brick slave quarters.
These buildings were built at the same time as Magnolia but on the site where Woodland would eventually be built. From there Captains Johnson and Bradish would pick up the slaves and trade them up and down the river.

This location is a hidden gem and located just south of New Orleans, the Woodland Plantation and Spirits Hall offers outstanding accommodations, actives and dining. All set in a place rich with history, culture and an abundance of natural beauty. This is a trip to remember for everyone who goes.

Gourmet Southern Cooking at the Spirits Hall

Let us put a taste of the "South in your Mouth"!

Join Mad River Outfitters at Woodland Plantation

October 1st- 6th, 2022 with host Pat Kelly (This trip is now FULL) & October 26th- 31st, 2022 with host Brian Flechsig (This trip is now FULL)

You get yourself to the Louis Armstrong International Airport on the first date of the trip (Ocotber 1st or October 26th) and get yourself to Woodland Plantation. Dinner gets going around 6:30 p.m. so as long as you are there by then you'll be fine! Rental cars are of course available as well as a shuttle service. We can also provide a list of participants so that folks can carpool and share the expense, just let us know if interested.

Bring your fishing gear...(a simple equipment listing will be provided of course), and a healthy appetite for Southern Hospitality. You'll fish with guides on day 2, 3, 4 and 5 and then the morning of the last day (October 6th or October 31st)....... it's off you go back to your hometown, all redfished up!

Included in the trips:

• 5 nights lodging Woodland Plantation
• All meals 
• 4 days guided fishing

Not Included in the trips:

• Airfare to and from your home town 
• Transportation to and from Woodland Plantation 
• Fishing license and tackle
• Gratuities

Can't make our Hosted Trip dates? Mad River Outfitters serves as a full booking agent and outfitter for Woodland Plantation and Louisiana Redfishing. Let us put together a trip for you!

"Absolutely some of the finest saltwater fly fishing that can be done"  - Brian Flechsig

Fish North America's most productive estuary, the Deep Mississippi Delta of south Louisiana. Whether you like fly-fishing or spin casting, the flats, bayous and bays of south Louisiana's rich marsh holds red fish, speckled trout, blackdrum, sheephead, flounder, crappie and bass in abundance. It is not uncommon to catch limits of several of these species in the same morning. If deep sea fishing is your passion let us set you up on a trip out of the mouth of the Mississippi, where you are likely to catch red snapper, grouper, black, yellow and blue fin tuna, amberjack, cobia, wahoo and marlin, just to name a few.

Our trips are primarily focused on fly fishing for trophy redfish, but all are welcome! If you prefer a spinning rod, we can help with that...if you want to try some offshore fishing....we can help with that. We simply want to share this incredible fishery with our friends and clients. Oh, and by the way, there's a pretty good chance that at least a few of the fish that we catch will wind up on the dinner table at Spirits Hall!

Our hosted trips will include 4 days of guided fishing out of flats boats with professional fly fishing guides. These guys are great at what they do and will put you on fish. You need to bring your tackle and a handful of flies. We'll do the rest!

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Woodlands Plantation

Louisiana Redfish

hosted by Pat Kelly and Brian Flechsig


October 1st - 6th, 2022 (This trip now Full)


October 26th- 31st, 2022 

(This trip now Full)



$3250.00 per angler

Includes all meals, lodging and four days of guided fishing.

October 1-6, 2022 October 26-31, 2022

Pricing on Private bookings

Can't make our hosted dates? Let us put together a trip for you or your group!

Pricing can vary depending on options but basically room, board and boat runs around $700.00 per day, per man....based on double occupancy

Please give us a call or drop us an e-mail to set up a Redfish Trip to Woodland Plantation
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