The GPS Coordinates for Every Artificial Reef in Louisiana
By: Joe Simonds on August 23, 2018
One of the most daunting things about offshore fishing is finding a good spot to start fishing in the first place.
We are constantly getting questions from our followers about fishing spot GPS coordinates and how to find them.
We’ve had a lot of questions this year about where to fish offshore in Louisiana and how to find GPS coordinates for there.
Many of those asking these questions are new to offshore fishing after having been primarily inshore fishermen for most of their lives.
They want to know, how do you find offshore fishing spots in Louisiana?
The Louisiana Artificial Reef Program
After doing a little bit of online research, we found out about the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program which was started in 1986. This program uses obsolete platforms from offshore oil and gas rigs to create artificial reefs by sinking them to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in various areas.
Since the program’s inception, 71 offshore reefs using the jackets of 320 obsolete platforms have been created off Louisiana’s coast.
These reefs are about 30-70 miles off of the Louisiana coast.
Luckily for us, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) provides online PDFs with all the coordinates and info you need to find these artificial reefs off the Louisiana coast.
The coordinates for these reefs should be enough for you to fill your coolers and keep your rods bent.
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The GPS Coordinates of All Public Artifical Reefs in Louisiana
The LDWF has created some great documents that give you all the information you need to get on some big and tasty fish on these offshore artificial reefs, including:
- Name of the reef
- Distance from nearest port
- Reef water depth
- The type of structure
- The GPS coordinates
- The artificial reef’s donor
- Graphics and imagery of the reefs’ positions
Here is an example of the how the information will be provided to you in the documents:
Reef Site Name: West Cameron 586
Distance Offshore\ Nearest Port: 98 nm ‐ Cameron
Water Depth: 236‐ft
Donor: Amerada Hess Corporation
Structure: WC‐556 “A”
Latitude/Longitude NAD83: 28˚ 10.153’ 93˚ 17.325’
Below, you will find two links with information on the public offshore artificial reefs in Louisiana.
The first is the Louisiana Offshore Reef Guide — which has the name of the reef, distance from the nearest port and the GPS coordinates in a list form.
The second link is the Multi-beam Reef Survey Imagery and Coordinates document. This document has the same information as the Offshore Reef Guide and provides satellite imagery and positioning of the artificial reefs. This link is great for figuring out how the structure sits on the bottom and how you should set up your drift over the reef.
If you know of other public offshore GPS coordinates or good places to find them for reefs and wrecks off the Louisiana coast, let us know in the comments!
Louisiana Public Inshore Reef GPS Coordinates
In addition to the offshore artificial reefs available to the public, LDWF has also created many inshore fishing reefs for anglers. You can find all the info you need to fish these inshore reefs in the Louisiana Inshore Reef Guide, which provides:
- Reef site name
- Body of water
- The reef donor
- GPS coordinates
An example of the inshore reef information is as follows:
Reef Site Name: Redfish Pointe
Water Body: Vermilion Bay
Donor/Partner: Coastal Conservation Association, LDWF
Structure: Limestone, Shell
Latitude/Longitude NAD83: 29˚ 40.675’ 92˚ 07.108’, 29˚ 40.617’ 92˚ 07.083’
Below you will find the link to the Louisiana Inshore Reef Guide.
If you have questions about public offshore or inshore reefs in Louisiana or have tips for places to find reefs open to the public, let us know in the comments.
While it may be daunting to figure out where to fish when first getting acquainted with offshore fishing, these public GPS numbers are a fantastic place to start.
These spots will produce the fish you’re looking for if you put the time and effort into fishing them.
Louisiana has one of the best inshore and offshore fisheries in the world. The main thing is getting out on the water in a place that has good structure, bait and protection for the fish.
These artificial reefs – both inshore and offshore – provide just that.
If you have any questions about this article or suggestions about finding GPS coordinates in Louisiana, let us know in the comments.
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