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Woodland Plantation- Louisiana Redfish

Join us just South of New Orleans for some of the finest redfishing on the planet!

October 18th- 23rd, 2024  with host Brian Flechsig- TRIP SOLD OUT

 November 3rd- 8th, 2024 with host Andy Jensen- TRIP SOLD OUT

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No better place to experience the World's Best Redfishing than the legendary Woodland Plantation, located about 35 miles South of New Orleans. We simply cannot say enough about this place, about the folks and about this TRIP. Old Southern Plantation Lodging, finest dining in New Orleans and......bull Reds! This is truly one of our favorite trips, of all-time. 


--October SOLD OUT-November SOLD OUT

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

You get yourself to the Louis Armstrong International Airport on the first date of the trip 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....... 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
• All taxes


Not Included in the trips:

• Airfare to and from your home town 
• Transportation to and from Woodland Plantation
• Fishing license and tackle
• Beer, wine and liquor at Spirits Hall
• Gratuities for guides and staff

Any questions about this trip.....or redfishing with a fly in general? We can help! Give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We'll be happy to assist in any way that we can!

"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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Woodland Plantation

Louisiana Redfish


hosted by Brian Flechsig and Andy Jensen


October 18th - 23rd, 2024


November 3rd- 8th, 2024 


$3695.00 per angler

Includes all meals, 5 nights lodging, taxes and four days of guided fishing.


October SOLD OUTNovember SOLD OUT

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 $750.00 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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