Fishing

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

For the purposes of regulating certain fisheries the legislature recognized the historic division of the state into saltwater and freshwater areas based on the variations of flora and fauna found within these two divisions. The legislature further recognized that the exact line of demarcation cannot be precisely located due to constant changes in water salinity caused by winds, tides, and rains. The legislature therefore legally defined the freshwater and saltwater areas by describing a line from the Texas state line, easterly to the Mississippi state line. The areas south of the described line, plus a number of saltwater lakes and waterways, were designated as saltwater areas and all other areas north of the described line were designated as freshwater areas.

Louisiana Saltwater Line Definition

Title 56, Section 322-The Intracoastal waterway from the Texas- Louisiana boundary to its junction with Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown, and then south to Louisiana Highway 82 and then east to its junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at Forked Island, the Intracoastal Waterway from Forked Island to Bayou Barataria to the Harvey Canal, the Harvey Canal to the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River to the Industrial Canal, the Industrial Canal to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Intracoastal Waterway to the Rigolets in Orleans Parish to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad right-of-way from the Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi state line.

The areas south of the above described line, plus the saltwater lakes known as Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (except that seven- tenths of a mile section from Bayou Sauvage south to the Intracoastal Waterway), the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac, Intracoastal, and that portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway south to the Gulf of Mexico, shall be designated as saltwater areas.

Persons fishing and/or possessing saltwater fish in these areas are required to have in addition to the basic fishing license a saltwater fishing license.

Federal Waters (EEZ)

A very easy way to tell if you are in state or federal waters is to pull up to the nearest platform. If the platform is in state waters it will have a placard with a State Lease Number. If the platform is in federal waters it will be designated with an OCS number. By utilizing a block map you can alsoestimate your position. The platform will be designated with an area and block number. For instance if you see ST-128 X, OCS 00498 you will be in federal waters at South Timbalier 128 platform X.

Freshwater Creel and Size Limits

Species Size Limit Bag and Posession Limit
Bass, Black (Largemouth, spotted)*  no size limits EXCEPT as follows  10 daily, of any size EXCEPT as follows: 
  Toledo Bend Reservoir  largemouth - 14” min total length spotted* - no size limit  8 daily in aggregate 
  Eagle Lake  16” min total length  10 daily 
  Caddo Lake (Caddo Parish)  14” to 18” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 18” total length 
  Poverty Point Reservoir  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than one over 19” total length 
Caney Creek Lake ( Jackson Parish)  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 19” total length 
  False River (Pointe Coupee Parish)  14” min total length  5 daily 
  Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia par-ishes)  16” to 21” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 21” total length 
  Black Bayou (Bossier), Chicot Lake (Evangeline), Cross Lake (Caddo), Lake Rodemacher (Rapides), John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River) and Vernon Lake (Vernon)  14” to 17” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 17” total length 
Bass, Striped or Hybrid Striped (or any combination thereof)  n/a  5 daily No more than two over 30” total length 
Bass, White  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Toledo Bend 
Bass, Yellow  none  50 daily, EXCEPT no limit at Toledo Bend 
Bowfin (Choupique)  16” min total length  No limit 
Buffalo Fish (or their hybrids)  16” min total length  25 per day 
Catfish, Blue  12” min total length  See Catfish Possession Limit section for more information 
Catfish, Channel  11” min total length   
Catfish, Flathead  14” min total length   
Crappie  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Poverty Point 
Crawfish  none  150 pounds daily 
Freshwater Drum (Gaspergou)  12” min total length  25 per day 
Frogs and Turtles  none  See Reptiles and Amphibians section 
Paddlefish  30” max lower jaw fork length  Two per person (see Paddlefish Possession Limits section for specific rules) 
Shad  none  50 pounds daily 
Sturgeon  n/a  No legal harvest or possession 
Other Freshwater Game Fish  none  No limit 
*NOTE: For enforcement purposes, a spotted bass is defined as a black bass with a tooth patch on the tongue. **See official 2009 Louisiana Fishing Regulations Pamphlet for area descriptions. ***Fish falling within a protected slot limit must be immediately released.     

 

Inside/Outside Shrimp Line

The inside/outside shrimp line is described in state statute and divides Louisiana inshore waters from offshore waters for the purpose of managing shrimp seasons. The line begins at the Texas/Louisiana border at Sabine Pass and terminates at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line north of the Chandeleur Islands.
 
The following description of the inside outside shrimp line is taken from Lousiana Revised Statutes 56:495.
 
§495. Defining inside and outside waters
 
A.  Solely for the purpose of this Subpart, the shrimping waters of the state are divided into two classes, inside and outside waters. The line of demarcation of the classes of water shall commence at the coastal boundary between Texas and Louisiana and terminate at the coastal boundary between Mississippi and Louisiana and is more particularly described as follows, to wit:

(1) Beginning at a point on the state line between Texas and Louisiana from "Texas Point", approx. lat. 29°41'00" N. and long. 93°50'15" W.
(2) Thence approx. N. 23°16' E., approx. 4000' to the southeast point of land of the Sabine Pass (Louisiana Point), lat. 29°41'42" N. long. 93°50'03" W.
(3) Thence in an easterly direction along the shoreline to the southwest point of land of Calcasieu Pass, approx. lat. 29°45'44" N. long. 93°20'45" W.
(4) Thence north for approximately 2.37 nautical miles along the western shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel at lat. 29° 48' 06" N. long. 93° 20' 54" W.
(4.1) Thence east to the point of land on the Calcasieu Ship Channel on the north side of the old river channel at lat. 29° 48' 05" N. long. 93° 20' 41" W.
(4.2) Thence following the eastern shore of the old river channel back around to the Calcasieu Ship Channel thence south along the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the most southern point of land at lat. 29° 45' 43" N. long. 93° 20' 33" W.
(5) Thence easterly along shore to the most southwesterly point of land, lat. 29°45'30" N. long. 93°07'30" W. at the mouth of the Mermentau River.
(6) Thence S. 78°15' E. for approx. 4000' to a point of land at lat. 29°45'21" N. long. 93°06'15" W. on the southeast side of the mouth of the Mermentau River.
(7) Thence along the shore to a point of land on the southwest side of Southwest Pass, lat. 29°35'15" N. long. 92°02'32" W.
(8) Thence S. 65°45' E. to Lighthouse Point on the southeast side of Southwest Pass and the most westerly point of Marsh Island, lat. 29°34'39" N., long. 92°02'06" W.
(9) Thence along south shoreline to a point of land on the southeast side of Marsh Island known as South Point, lat. 29°29'15" N. long. 91°45'48" W.
(10) Thence S. 74° 10' E. for approximately 52,786' to a platform at lat. 29°26'54" N. long. 91°36'13" W.
(11) Thence S. 68°19" E. for approximately 57,515' to Eugene Island lat. 29°22'20" N. long. 91°23'03" W.
(12) Thence S. 35°05' E. for approx. 16,000' to the most westerly point of land on Pointe Au Fer Island, known as Pointe Au Fer, approx. lat. 29°19'59" N. long. 91°21'09" W.
(13) Thence along the south shoreline to a point of land on the southwest side of the mouth of Oyster Bayou, lat. 29°13'12'' N. long.  91°07'53" W.
(14) Thence E. for approx. 1,000' to the point on the southeast shore of Oyster Bayou, lat. 29°13'12" N. long. 91° 07'48" W.
(15) Thence along the south shore to a most southeasterly point of land on the west side of Bayou DeWest, lat. 29°11'01" N. long. 91°03'41" W.
(16) Thence N. 80°  E. for approx. 7,427' to the most southerly point of land on Pelican Island, lat. 29°11'13" N. long. 91°02'19" W.
(17) Thence S. 81°  E. for approx. 3,122' to the most southerly point of an island between Pelican Pass and Taylors Bayou, lat.  29°11'09" N. long. 91°01'44" W.
(18) Thence S. 45°  E. for approximately 3,707' to a point of land on the southeast side of the mouth of Taylors Bayou, lat. 29°10'43" N. long. 91°01'14" W.
(19) Thence S. 68° E. for approx. 3,286' to the most southeasterly point of land at the mouth of Jack Stout Bayou, lat. 29°10'31" N. long. 91°00'39" W.
(20) Thence along the south shoreline to a pipeline sign on the most easterly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Grand Bayou du Large, lat. 29°11'01" N. long. 90°57'49" W.
(21) Thence N. 80°07' E. for approximately 3,510' to a point at the mouth of Fish Bayou, lat. 29°10'55" N. long. 90°57'10" W.
(22) Thence in a southeast direction along the shoreline to the southeasterly most point on the west shore of Bayou Grand Caillou lat. 29°10'27" N. long. 90°56'39" W.
(23) Thence S. 64°50' E. approximately 2,387' to the easterly side of Bayou Grand Caillou lat. 29°10'16" N. long. 90°56'14" W.
(24) Thence in a southeast direction along the northeast shore of Caillou Bay to a most westerly point of land on the north side of Grand Pas Des Ilettes, lat. 29°07'02" N. long. 90°52'50" W.
(25) Thence S. 36° E., for approx. 3,000' to the most westerly point of land on the south side of Grand Pas Des Ilettes, lat. 29°06'30" N. long. 90°52'43" W.
(26) Thence in a southeast direction along the northeast shore of Caillou Bay to the most westerly point on the north shore of Pass Wilson, lat. 29°04'60" N. long. 90°51'12" W.
(27) Thence in a southeasterly direction to the most westerly point on the south shore of Pass Wilson lat. 29°04'29" N., long. 90°51'08" W.
(27.1) Thence, along the shore to the most southeasterly point of land on the west side of a pass between Pelican Lake and Bay Round lat. 29°03'57" N. long. 90°50'07" W.
(28) Thence in a southeasterly direction to the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca, lat. 29° 03'10" N., long. 90° 50' 27" W.
(29) Thence south, southeast along the west, southwest coast of the island to 29°02'41" N. long. 90°50'19" W.
(30) Thence along the south shore of the Isles Dernieres to the most easterly point on the west side of Whiskey Pass lat. 29°03'16" N. long. 90°48'03" W.
(31) Thence S. 74° E. approximately 11,258' to the most westerly point of land on the east side of Whiskey Pass, lat. 29°02'44" N. long. 90°46'01" W.
(32) Thence in an easterly direction along the south shore of Isles Dernieres to a tank battery on the east end of the Isles at Wine Island Pass, lat. 29° 04' 19" N., long. 90° 38' 29" W.
(32)(a) Thence in a northeasterly direction to the most easterly point of the Wine Island rock jetties, lat. 29° 05'38" N. long. 90° 36'30" N.
(33) Thence in a southeasterly direction to the tank battery on the west end of Timbalier Island lat. 29° 05' 26" N., long. 90° 32' 16" W.
(34) Thence eastward along the south shore to a point of land on the northeast part of Timbalier Island on the west side of Little Pass Timbalier lat. 29°03'42" N., long. 90°25'48" W.
(35) Thence N. 83°52' E. approximately 4.2 miles to the southwest point of land on East Timbalier Island lat. 29°03'42" N., long. 90°20'24" W.
(36) Thence easterly along the south shoreline to a point of land most southwest at the mouth of Belle Pass, lat. 29°05'10" N. long. 90°13'36" W.
(37) Thence to the east side at a point of land most southerly at the mouth of Belle Pass, lat. 29°05'07" N. long. 90°13'30" W.
(38) Thence easterly along the south shoreline to a point of land on the southwestern side of Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 11 minutes 24.540 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.597 seconds W.
(39) Thence northwesterly along the southwestern shoreline of Caminada Pass to a point of land, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 03.720 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 20.237 seconds W.
(40) Thence North 11 degrees 01 minutes 28 seconds East a distance of 1174 feet to a point on the northwesterly shoreline of Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 15.123 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 17.705 seconds W.
(41) Thence northeasterly along the northwesterly shoreline of Caminada Pass to the intersection of an underground power line as marked by two platforms in Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 24.916 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 09.891 seconds W.
(42) Thence South 68 degrees 39 minutes 51 seconds East along the underground power line as marked by two platforms in Caminada Pass, a distance of 3701 feet to the northwesterly shoreline of Grand Isle, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 11.583 seconds N. 90 degrees 02 minutes 30.991 seconds W.
(43) Thence southwesterly along the northwesterly shoreline of Grand Isle to a point of land, lat. 29 degrees 11 minutes 55.443 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 02 minutes 25.426 seconds W.
(44) Thence along the south shoreline to the most easterly point of Grand Isle at Barataria Pass, lat. 29° 16' N. long. 89° 57' 15" W.
(45) Thence N. 5° 10' E. for 2,135' to the Sea Buoy (green blinking light on turning buoy)  at lat. 29° 16' 21" N. long 89° 57' 13" E.
(46) Thence N. 87° 03' 22" E. for 2,570' to Fort Livingston ruins lat. 29° 16' 22" N. long. 89° 56' 44" W.
(46.1) Thence easterly along the south shoreline of Grand Terre Island to a point of land most easterly on the west side of Pass Able at N 29° 17' 49.2" W 89° 54' 28.2".
(46.2) Thence easterly at approximately 60° for 1.29 miles across to the eastern side of the pass to a point at N29° 18' 28.8" W 89° 53' 25.8".
(47) Thence along the shoreline for approximately 1.45 miles to the easterly most point of land on the west side of Quartre Bayou Pass at N 29° 18' 44.6" W 89° 51' 32".
(47.1) Thence northeasterly at 67° for approximately .93 miles across Quartre Bayou Pass to the western point of land on the east side of Quartre Bayou Pass at N 29° 19' 5.2" W 89° 50' 32.5".
(47.2) Thence along the southern shoreline for .33 miles to a point on the western side of a wash out below Bay Long at N 29° 19" 4.8" W 89° 50' 9.9".
(48) Thence easterly at 90° for approximately .79 miles across to the eastern side of the wash out at N 29° 19' 3.3" W 89° 49' 15.8".
(48.1) Thence for 1.90 miles along the southern shoreline to the most easterly point of land on the west side of an opening known as Shell Cut at N 29° 18' 56.8" W 89° 47' 5.6".
(48.2) Thence across to the western most point on the eastern side of Shell Cut at N 29° 18' 56.8" W 89° 47' 5.6".
(49) Thence for approximately 2.54 miles along the southern shoreline to the eastern most point of land on the western side of Chaland Pass at N 29° 18' 29.2" W 89° 44' 8.4".
(50) Thence east to the most westerly point of land on the east side of the mouth of Chaland Pass at N 29° 18' 31" W 89° 44' 6.3".
(51) Thence along the south shore for approximately 2.86 miles to the easterly point of land on the west side of Grand Bayou Pass at N 29° 17' 40.8" W 89° 40' 58.8".
(51.1) Thence across the pass to the westerly most point of land on the east side of Grand Bayou Pass at N 29° 17' 40.3" W 89° 40' 57.4".
(52) Thence along the south shoreline for approximately 1.22 miles to a point of land on the west side of the wash out below Shell Island Bay at N 29° 17' 21.7" W 89° 39' 37.1".
(52.1) Thence easterly at 113° for approximately 1.74 miles across to the east side of the washout below Shell Island Bay at N 29° 16' 39.3" W 89° 37' 47.5".
(52.2) Thence along the shoreline for approximately 1.56 miles to a point of land on the western side of Empire Canal at N 29° 15' 43.5" W 89° 37' 47.5".
(52.3) Thence southeasterly across the Empire Channel at 127° for approximately .21 miles to a point of land on the eastern side of the Empire Canal at N 29° 15' 29.8" W 89° 36' 19.9".
(52.4) Thence south along the eastern side of the Empire Canal for approximately .32 miles to a point of land at N 29° 15' 12.3" W 89° 36' 24.7".
(53) Thence easterly along the south shoreline of Pelican Island for approximately 2.21 miles to the eastern most point of land on the west side of the mouth of Scofield Bayou at N 29° 14' 47.1" W 89° 33' 54.5".
(54) Thence across the mouth of Scofield Bayou for approximately .17 miles to a point on the eastern side at N 29° 14' 55.3" W 89°33'51.3".
(54.1) Thence along the shoreline for 2.46 miles to a point of land on the west side of a washout below Bay Coquette at N 29° 13' 57.9" W 89° 30' 59.0".
(54.2) Thence eastward at 116° for .69 miles across the washout to a point of land below Bay Coquette at N 29° 13' 38.6" W 89° 30' 16.8".
(55) Thence along the south shoreline for .22 miles to the easterly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Sandy Point Bay at N 29° 13' 39.4" W 89° 30' 1.5".
(55.1) Thence at 126° for .86 miles across the mouth of Sandy Point Bay to a point of land on the west side of Sandy Point Island at N 29° 13' 7.9" W 89° 29' 14.6".
(55.2) Thence along the south shoreline for .30 miles to a point on the eastern side of Sandy Point Island at N 29° 13' 1.9" W 89° 28' 55.5".
(56) Thence for .51 miles to a point of land on the east side of Sandy Point Bay at N 29° 12' 52.4" W 89° 28' 22.2".
(56.1) Thence easterly across a canal to a point of land at N 29° 12' 51.2" W 89° 28' 19.6".
(56.2) Thence southerly across the opening of a canal to a  point of land at N 29° 12' 46.6" W 89° 28' 11.4".
(56.3) Thence along the shore to a point of land on the north side of Red Pass at N 29° 12' 39.4" W 89° 28' 11.4".
(56.4) Thence across to the south side of Red Pass at N 29° 12' 35.7" W 89° 28' 13.4".
(56.5) Thence southeasterly along the shore for approximately 2.05 miles to the west side of a washout at N 29° 10' 55.2" W 89° 26' 53.5".
(56.6) Thence at 152° for 1.08 miles across to the east side of a washout at a point of land at N 29° 09' 58.1" W 89° 26' 20.4".
(57) Thence approximately 1.69 miles at 152° to the red buoy #10 on the east side of Tiger Pass at N 29° 8' 27" W 89° 25' 28".
(58) Thence southeasterly at 128° for 2.11 miles to a point of land at N 29° 7' 8" W 89° 23' 35".
(59) Thence at 75° for approximately 1.15 miles to the radio tower at N 29° 7' 25" W 89° 23' 19".
(60) Thence 139° for approximately 2.53 miles to a manifold platform on the east side of Grand Pass at N 29° 5' 28" W 89° 20' 26".
(61) Thence S. 74'06" E. approximately 4,170' to a point of land on the east side of the mouth of Grand Pass, lat. 29° 04'30" N. long. 89° 21'09" W.
(62) Thence 183° for 2.02 miles to a point of land west of Double Bayou at N 29° 3' 27" W 89° 20' 38".
(63) Thence along the east shoreline of West Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Southwest Pass, lat. 28° 55'50" N., long. 89° 25'00" W.
(64) Thence southeast to the most southerly point of land on the east side of the mouth of Southwest Pass, lat. 28° 55'30" N., long. 89° 24'42" W.
(65) Thence northeast along the west shore of East Bay to the mouth of Joseph Bayou, lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 15'37" W.
(66) Thence due east for approx. 14,000' to a point of land lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 12' 51" W.
(67) Thence south along the east shoreline of East Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of South Pass, lat. 28° 59' N., long. 89° 08'42" W.
(68) Thence northwest along the west shore of Garden Island Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of Cadro Pass, lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 09'42" W.
(69) Thence N. 78° 59" E. for approximately 3,500' to a point of land on the west side of the mouth of Dennis Pass, lat. 29° 02'42" N. long. 89° 09'03" W.
(70) Thence N. 47° 17' E. for approximately 14,600' to the most easterly point of land on Lookout Island, lat. 29° 04'18" N., long. 89° 07' W.
(71) Thence S. 71° 38' E. approx. 9,000' to the most southerly point of land on the southwest side of Southeast Pass, lat. 29° 04'06" N., long. 89° 03'45" W.
(72) Thence N. 20° 45' E. to the most easterly point on the north side of Northeast Pass, lat. 29° 08'15" N., long. 89° 01'37" W.
(73) Thence north 37° 20' E. for approx. 4,000' to the most easterly point of land on Thomasin Lumps, lat. 29° 10' N., long. 89° 00'20" W.
(74) Thence N. 20° 20' W. for approx. 6,000' to the most easterly point of the north side of the mouth of North Pass, lat. 29° 13' N., long. 89° 01'18" W.
(75) Thence in a southwesterly direction to the most northerly point on the east shore of Thomasin Bayou, lat. 29° 13'05" N., long. 89° 03'11" W.
(76) Thence S. 70° W., for approx. 7,700' to the most northerly point on the E. shore of Meyers Bayou, lat. 29° 12'30" N., long. 89° 04'30" W.
(77) Thence in a southerly direction to a point in the most southeasterly portion of Customhouse Bay, lat. 29° 11'39" N., long. 89° 04' W.
(78) Thence in a southwesterly direction along the south shore of Customhouse Bay to U.S.C. & G.S. Station Lout 1955, lat. 29° 11'19" N., long. 89° 05'19" W.
(79) Thence in a northerly direction along the west shore of Customhouse Bay to the most northerly point on the East shore of Willies Bayou, lat. 29° 12'09" N., long. 89° 05'32" W.
(80) Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Tommy Dantz Bayou, lat. 29° 12'24" N., long. 89° 06'33" W.
(81) Thence N. 50° 30' W. for approx. 2,500' to the most easterly point on the north shore of Hingle Pass, lat. 29° 12'48" N., long. 89° 06'48" W.
(82) Thence in a northerly direction to the most northerly point on the east shore of Raphael Pass, lat. 29° 13'06" N., long. 89° 07' W.
(83) Thence N. 45° W. for approx. 4,800' to the most easterly point on the south shore of Twenty-Seven Pass, lat. 29° 14' N., long. 89° 07'32" W.
(84) Thence in a northerly direction to the most easterly point on the south shore of Dead Women Pass, lat. 29° 15' N., long. 89° 07'21" W.
(85) Thence N. 18° 30' W. for approx. 2,200' to the most northerly point on the north shore of Dead Women Pass, lat. 29° 15'38" N., long. 89° 07'03" W.
(86) Thence N. 59° 30' W. for approx. 7,000' to Harris (BSE) Station, lat. 29° 16'28" N., long. 89° 08'05" W.
(87) Thence in a northerly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Contrariete Pass, lat. 29° 16'45" N., long. 89° 08'06" W.
(88) Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Bienvenue Pass, lat. 29° 17'12" N., long. 89° 08'15" W.
(89) Thence in a westerly direction along shore to Octave (BSE)  Station, lat. 29° 17'27" N., long. 89° 09'15" W.
(90) Thence in a northerly direction along shore to the most northerly point of the east shore of the east fork of Gaspar Bayou, lat. 29° 17'45" N., long. 89° 09'18" W.
(91) Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of the west fork of Gaspar Bayou, lat. 29° 18'00" N., long. 89° 09'39" W.
(92) Thence N. 46° W., approx. 5,000' to the most easterly point on the north side of Delta Pass, lat. 29° 18'48" N., long. 89° 10'06" W.
(93) Thence N. 36° 30' W., approx. 14,000' to the most northerly point on the east side of Main Pass, lat. 29° 20'48" N., long. 89° 11'21" W.
(94) Thence N. 70° W., approx. 4,000' to the most northerly point on the west shore of Main Pass, lat. 29° 21'09" N., long. 89° 12'06" W.
(95) Thence in a southwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Octave Pass, lat. 29° 19'51" N., long. 89° 12'53" W.
(96) Thence in a southwesterly direction along the shore to the most westerly point of the north shore of Battery Bayou, lat. 29° 18'18" N., long. 89° 13'45" W.
(97) Thence in a west, northwest direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the west shore of Spoonbill Bend which is also the most northerly point on the east shore of East Fork Pass, lat. 29° 18'39" N., long. 89° 14'32" W.
(98) Thence in a northwesterly direction along shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Emeline Pass, lat. 29° 20'54" N., long. 89° 16'03" W.
(99) Thence N. 81° 33' W. for approximately 3,680' to the most northerly point on the west shore of Kimbel Pass, lat. 29° 21' N. long. 89° 16'44" W.
(99.1) Thence from Kimble Pass for approximately 1.32 miles to a lighted buoy #18 of Baptiste Collete at N 29° 21' 35.6" W 89° 18' 9.0".
(100) Thence from #18 buoy at 305° for 1.91 miles to the south side of Taylor Pass at N 29° 22' 43.3" W 89° 19' 54.7".
(101) Thence N. 47° E., for approx. 47,000' to the most westerly point of land of Breton Island, lat. 29° 27'45" N., long. 89° 12'54" W.
(102) Thence along the southeast shoreline to the most northeasterly point of land, lat. 29° 28'03" N., long. 89° 11'12" W.
(103) Thence N. 58° 05' E. for approx. 9,000' to the most westerly point of land of Gosier Island, lat. 29° 31'12" N., long. 89° 05'45" W.
(104) Thence along the east shore to the most northerly point of land of Gosier Island, lat. 29° 33'42" N., long. 89° 02'45" W.
(105) Thence N. 43° 30' E. for approx. 13,000' to the most easterly point of land of Curlew Islands, lat. 29° 37'54" N., long. 88° 58'48" W.
(106) Thence N. 37° 30' E. for approximately 56,700' to a point of land on the southeast side of Chandeleur Islands lat. 29° 45'12" N., long. 88° 52'06" W.
(107) Thence northerly along the east shoreline of the Chandeleur Islands, going north to the Chandeleur light, lat. 30 degrees 02'52" N., long. 88 degrees 52'18" W., terminating at the Mississippi boundary.
(108) Repealed by Acts 1991, No. 946, §2.
 
B. All waters of the state shoreward of the line described in Subsection A hereof within which the tide regularly rises and falls or into which salt water shrimp migrate are inside waters. All waters seaward of the line described in Subsection A of this Section are outside waters.
 
C. For the purpose of determining if a person is shrimping in inside or outside waters, reference shall be made by LORAN C navigational instrument readings or global positioning satellite (GPS) navigational instrument readings for a vessel located on or in proximity to the boundary line between open and closed waters as set forth in Subsection A of this Section.
 
D. For the purposes of this Section, the department shall utilize LORAN C or GPS navigational instrument readings taken from such equipment located on department vessels or, if the shrimping vessel is equipped with LORAN C or GPS equipment, from the equipment located on the shrimping vessel.
 
E. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the commission may amend by rule the line of demarcation set by law in Subsection A of this Section in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

LDWF Reminds Residents to Report Tropical Storm Lee-Related Fish Kills

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are reminding residents in areas that may be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee that fish kills may occur as a result of the storm. Residents who encounter a fish kill are encouraged to call 1-800-442-2511 immediately to report this fish kill. 

Large amounts of rainfall across Southern Louisiana may cause fish kills, particularly in the Lake Verret Complex, Lake Fausse Point or other natural waterbodies surrounded by lands converted from forests to agricultural land. High levels of rainfall may erode organic matter, carrying it into bayous and canals connected to lakes. Organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water "suffocating" aquatic life.

Fish kills may also be caused by the rapid mixing of stratified waters or layers of warm oxygenated water over cooler anoxic water. In some instances, the result will be that the water can no longer support underwater life.

In the past, tropical storms have caused fish kills in these types of waterbodies. Localized fish kills may also occur in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or owatkins@wlf.la.gov.

 

Crab Seasons

The crab fishery stays open throughout the year in Louisiana waters.

Saltwater Finfish Seasons

All recreational anglers possessing or landing the following species or species groups: tunas, billfish, swordfish, snappers, amberjacks, groupers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphin must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit, except those anglers on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.  A Permit, available at no cost, as well as more information can be obtained at www.wlf.la.gov/rolp.

Black grouper, red grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, rock hind, red hind and scamp have an annual closed season from February 1 through March 31, seaward of 20 fathoms. 

*NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER*

Recreational Red Snapper – Currently Open.

  • Currently open in state waters and closed in federal waters.
  • State waters only season is open daily.
  • Daily bag limit in state waters during the state waters red snapper season is 2 fish per person at a 16 inch minimum length.
  • As our department continues to fight the battle for regional management of our fisheries, regulations may have the potential to change throughout the season.  We urge anglers to visit this webpage or our online fishing regulations pamphlet prior to your trip to ensure you are compliant.

Recreational Gag Grouper Season – Currently Open

  • Season scheduled to open from July 1 through December 31
  • Bag limit changed to 2 fish per person per day
  • Get more information here.

Recreational Greater Amberjack – Currently Closed

  • Annual closed season from June 1 – July 31
  • Season re-opens August 1
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Recreational Gray Triggerfish – Currently Closed

  •     Open as of January 1, 2014
  •     Recreational bag and possession limit is 2 gray triggerfish.
  •     Closed season from June 1 through July 31.
  •     Limits managed through a federal quota
  •     Get more information here.

Recreational Bluefin Tuna- Closed

  • There is no directed or targeted recreational fishing for bluefin tuna allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • One bluefin tuna over 73 inches curved fork length, caught incidentally, may be kept per vessel per year during open seasons.
  • Seasons subject to close at any time, get more information at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms .
  • Federal HMS Angling Permit and Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit needed.
  • Incidental Trophy Season closes at 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 and is scheduled to re-open January 1, 2015.

Commercial Greater Amberjack –Currently Open

  • Annual closed season from March 1 – May 31
  • 2,000 pound trip limit
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Large Coastal Sharks – Closed.

  • Season opened January 1, 2014
  • Annual closed season from April 1 – June 30
  • State and Federal Daily trip limit – 36 Large Coastal Sharks
  • Harvest is regulated by a federally established quota
  • State Shark Permit required to commercially harvest shark; Federal Permit required when fishing in Federal waters
  • Large Coastal Sharks are : great hammerhead shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, smooth hammerhead shark, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, sandbar shark*, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark.
  • *Sandbar shark may only be harvested with a special Federal Research Permit
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Small Coastal Sharks – Currently Open

  • Season Open
  • Season will close when quota is harvested or projected to be harvested
  • Annual closed season from April 1 – June 30
  • Harvest is regulated by federally established quota
  • Small Coastal Sharks are : Atlantic sharpnose shark, bonnethead shark, blacknose shark, and finetooth shark
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Gray Triggerfish – Currently Closed

  • Closed season from June 1 through July 31
  • Commercial trip limit of 12 gray triggerfish.
  • Reopens August 1
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Get creel and size limits before you hit the water here.

Oyster Seasons

   

Aug. 7, 2014– Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2014/2015 oyster seasons based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.

The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - the Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise.  No harvest of oysters for market sales is allowed on any public oyster area prior to the second Monday in October.  Therefore, any and all vessels harvesting on the open public oyster seed grounds between September 3, 2014 and October 12, 2014 shall be harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes only and shall not have sacks or other containers typically used to hold oysters on board the harvest vessel.
  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including Lake Borgne, Bay Junop, Lake Mechant, the Lake Machias/Fortuna sacking-only area and the Bay Long sacking-only area, and a sacking-only area in Mississippi Sound (St. Bernard Parish) west of a line of longitude at 89 degrees 22 minutes 50.0 seconds W and east of a line of longitude at 89 degrees 29 minutes 0.0 seconds W, will open at one-half hour before sunrise. 
  • Monday, October 27, 2014 - the oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH Harvest Area 30) will open at one-half hour before sunrise. 

During the 2014/2015 open oyster season, the following provisions shall be in effect:

  1. Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:
    1. Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, except for Lake Mechant and Bay Junop in Terrebonne Parish where the limit shall be 40 sacks per vessel, and except for the West Cove of Calacsieu Lake where the limit shall be 10 sacks of oysters and daily trips limited to 1 per person or per vessel per day.  A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R. S. 56:440.  The daily take and possession limit shall not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes.  The possession limit shall not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit.
    2. Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both on the same day.
  2. If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds or reservations described above, all oysters contained on that vessel shall be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground or reservation from the time harvest begins until all oysters are off-loaded dockside.

The following areas shall remain closed for the 2014/2015 oyster season:

  • Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation
  • Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation
  • Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation
  • Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds
  • The east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (LDHH Harvest Area 29)
  • Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area
  • 2011 cultch plant in California Bay within the following coordinates:

California Bay (2011) – Plaquemines Parish

  1. 29 degrees 30 minutes 40.42 seconds N

            89 degrees 34 minutes 03.19 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 30 minutes 27.18 seconds N

            89 degrees 33 minutes 21.85 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 29 minutes 54.99 seconds N

            89 degrees 33 minutes 20.24 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 30 minutes 02.74 seconds N

            89 degrees 34 minutes 03.93 seconds W

  • 2012 cultch plants in Lake Fortuna, and Bay Crab, and the 2013 cultch plants in 3-Mile Pass and Drum Bay within the following coordinates:

Bay Crab (2012) – Plaquemines Parish

  1. 29 degrees 34 minutes 41.72 seconds N

            89 degrees 36 minutes 22.86 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 34 minutes 31.45 seconds N

            89 degrees 35 minutes 48.68 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 34 minutes 08.12 seconds N

            89 degrees 36 minutes 07.94 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 34 minutes 23.03 seconds N

            89 degrees 36 minutes 43.20 seconds W

Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

  1. 29 degrees 39 minutes 08.04 seconds N

            89 degrees 30 minutes 28.93 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 38 minutes 33.31 seconds N

            89 degrees 29 minutes 15.45 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 38 minutes 10.57 seconds N

            89 degrees 29 minutes 40.71 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 39 minutes 04.41 seconds N

           89 degrees 30 minutes 32.61 seconds W

3-Mile Pass (2013) – St. Bernard Parish

  1. 30 degrees 03 minutes 56.09 seconds N

            89 degrees 22 minutes 32.52 seconds W

  1. 30 degrees 03 minutes 56.70 seconds N

            89 degrees 22 minutes 15.40 seconds W

  1. 30 degrees 03 minutes 18.00 seconds N

            89 degrees 22 minutes 06.30 seconds W

  1. 30 degrees 03 minutes 30.49 seconds N

            89 degrees 22 minutes 38.17 seconds W

Drum Bay (2013) – St. Bernard Parish

  1. 29 degrees 53 minutes 13.00 seconds N

            89 degrees 17 minutes 40.21 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 53 minutes 16.51 seconds N

           89 degrees 16 minutes 51.12 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 52 minutes 56.17 seconds N

            89 degrees 16 minutes 49.80 seconds W

  1. 29 degrees 52 minutes 53.99 seconds N

           89 degrees 17 minutes 40.43 seconds W

See maps above detailing these actions.

Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

Certain areas remain closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities. To view those areas visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

LWF Commission Moves Forward With 2012 Crab Trap Removal Program

Release Date: 09/01/2011

(Sept. 1, 2011)- Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a motion to continue the abandoned crab trap removal program for 2012.  Two winter crab trap closures and clean-ups are planned for portions of St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes on designated dates in February and March next year. 

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of nearly 20,000 abandoned and derelict crabs.  The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. 

LDWF will partner with Louisiana Sea Grant for the 2012 crab trap removal efforts.  As the 2012 removal weekends approach, Louisiana Sea Grant will help organize volunteers, provide educational outreach on marine debris, as well as establish a recycling effort for crab traps.

St. Bernard/Plaquemines Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following areas beginning at 6 a.m., February 25, 2012 through 6 a.m., March 5 2012:

•  From a point originating along the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) at 89 degrees 36 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence southward along  89 degrees 36 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to 29 degrees 39 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence westward along 29 degrees 39 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to 89 degrees 38 minutes 30 seconds west longitude; thence southward along 89 degrees 38 minutes 30 seconds west longitude to 29 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence westward along 29 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to 89 degrees 40 minutes 30 seconds west longitude; thence southward along 89 degrees 40 minutes 30 seconds west longitude to 29 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence westward along 29 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River; thence northward along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River to 89 degrees 54 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence northward along 89 degrees 54 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to the southern shoreline of the MRGO; thence eastward along the southern shoreline of the MRGO terminating at the point of beginning.

Terrebonne Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following areas beginning at 6 a.m., March 17 through 6 a.m. Mar 26, 2012:

•  From a point originating from the intersection of LA Highway 57 and Dulac Canal; thence east along LA Highway 57 to its intersection with LA 56; thence due east to the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou; thence north along the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou to its intersection with Lapeyrouse Canal; thence east along the northern shoreline of Lapeyrouse Canal to its intersection with Bayou Terrebonne; thence south along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Terrebonne to its intersection with Seabreeze Pass; thence southwest to channel marker number 17 of the Houma Navigation Channel at 29 degrees 11 minutes 11.3 seconds north latitude 90 degrees 36 minutes 44.5 seconds west longitude; thence southwest to the northern most point on Pass la Poule Island at 29 degrees 08 minutes 33.5 seconds north latitude 90 degrees 39 seconds 01.3 seconds west longitude; thence west to Bayou Sale channel marker at 29 degrees 06 minutes 31.8 seconds north latitude 90 degrees 44 minutes 34.2 seconds west longitude; thence north to the western shoreline of Bayou Sale; thence north along the western shoreline of Bayou Sale to its intersection with Four Point Bayou; thence north along the western shoreline of Four Point Bayou its intersection with the Houma Navigation Channel; thence north along the western shoreline of the Houma Navigation Channel to its intersection with Bayou Grand Caillou; thence north along the western shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou to its intersection with Dulac Canal; thence east along the northern shoreline of Dulac Canal and terminating at the point of beginning.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned. 

In the weeks leading up to the closure periods, LDWF will send notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within these and adjacent parishes. 

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property.  Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners. 

Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area.    Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area. 

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network of 30 programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Martin Bourgeois, Marine Fisheries Biologist, Marine Fisheries Section, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, prior to November 3, 2011. 

For media inquiries, contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-8660.

LWF Commission Sets 2011-2012 Louisiana Oyster Seasons

Release Date: 09/01/2011

Oyster

(Sept. 1, 2011)– Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011/2012 oyster seasons based on oyster stock assessments provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry. 

The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • The Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday,  September 7, 2011.
  • With the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes, all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including the Machias Fortuna    sacking only area and the American Bay/Bay Long sacking-only area, will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, October 17, 2011.
  • The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30)   will open at   one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.
  • The east side of Calcasieu Lake (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) and the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area will remain closed for the entire 2011/2012 oyster season.

For a map detailing the 2011/2012 oyster season, click here

Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data.  LDWF biologists will closely monitor harvest and continue to collect biological information from public reefs as the season progresses. 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For media inquiries contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-8660.

 

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