We know there’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying a meal after a long day – especially when that long day was spent catching fresh, delicious fish or hunting alligators in the waterways of southeast Louisiana. We also know that, after a long day on the water, the idea of preparing and cooking your catch might feel like more trouble than it’s worth. So, why not get the best of both worlds – with the added bonus of enjoying a meal prepared by one of New Orleans’s world-class chefs?
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LADWF) allows you to do just that! Their Catch and Cook program allows local restaurants (after filing for a permit) to prepare and cook fresh fish and alligators caught by licensed hunters and fishers that same day! This program combines two of Louisiana’s world-class attractions – sporting and cuisine – and is sure to create life-long memories for you and your group. As of December 2021, six restaurants in New Orleans are participants: Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, GW Fins, Palace Café, Tableau, and Ye Olde College Inn (Note: restaurants must be contacted well in advance of your planned date). Check out the LADWF website for more information, including how to contact participating restaurants, and see our list of fishing and boating charters to start planning your trip today!