Fishing

LDWF Amends Fishing Closure West of the Mississippi River in Port Sulphur and Empire Area, Plaqumines Parish

Release Date: 06/08/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters east of Grand Bayou in Plaquemines Parish effective immediately today, June 8 due to reports of oil.

The portion of state inside waters west of the Mississippi River and south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and north of 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from the western shoreline of the Empire Canal westward to the western shoreline of Grand Bayou is closed to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 8, 2010.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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Recreational Fishing Licenses

Recreational fishing and hunting licenses may be purchased online with the E-License option.  The E-License can be printed using your own printer for immediate use or save the PDF of licenses purchased to the electronic device you take with you .or by telephone using Visa or MasterCard. Call toll free 1-888-765-2602. An authorization number for immediate use will be provided and licenses will be mailed to the licensee.  A SERVICE FEE IS CHARGED.

Recreational Licenses that are purchased via mobile device- (Smart phone, Laptop, Tablet, etc.) will not receive a license in the mail.  You will receive a text with a temporary authorization number, and an e-mail with the temporary authorization number and a PDF of your licenses which can be saved and printed.  

Persons taking fish, whether recreationally or commercially, and persons involved in the fish industry, including wholesale/retail dealers and transporters, and vessels involved in the fish industry must be licensed.

All recreational licenses are valid from the date of purchase and expire on June 30 each year. In addition to other bona fide residency requirements, a Louisiana Driver's License or Louisiana ID Card issued by the Department of Public Safety is required to purchase resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses.

Title 56, Section 302.1.C.(1) requires that all recreational anglers fishing south of the "saltwater line" for saltwater species have in their possession a Louisiana saltwater angler's license IN ADDITION TO a basic Louisiana fishing license EXCEPT those persons otherwise exempted. All regulations apply regardless of where the fish is taken.

A recreational fisherman must purchase and have in possession a valid basic recreational fishing license to possess fish in Louisiana waters or to use the following:

  1. Bow and arrow
  2. A barbed or barbless spear
  3. Frog gig/catcher
  4. Scuba Gear
  5. Hook & line (trot line)
  6. Cast net with a radius not to exceed 8 ft. 6 in.
  7. Rod and reel

Persons who obtain resident licenses when not complying with the bona fide residency requirements as stated in the definition section will be subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions.

Resident Recreational Fishing Fees
   
Hook and Line (cane pole)  $2.50  
Basic Fishing  $9.50  
Saltwater License (Basic Fishing required)  $13.00  
Senior Fish/Hunt 1 $5.00  
Charter Passenger License (3-day) 2 $10.00  
LA Sportsman's Paradise License $100.00  
LA Disabled Basic Fishing 4 $2.50  
LA Disabled Saltwater 4 $2.50  
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit Free  
Non-Resident (NR) Recreational Fishing Fees
   
Basic Fishing Season  $60.00  
Basic Fish Trip - 1 day  $5.00  
Saltwater Season  $30.00  
Saltwater Trip - 1 day 5 $17.50  
Charter Passenger (3-day) 2 $10.00  
Charter Skiff (3-day) 6 $30.00  
Military Recreational Fishing Fees
   
Resident/NR Military Basic Fishing  $9.50  
Resident/NR Military Saltwater  $5.50  
Resident Non-Active LA National Guard Fish/Hunt  $50.00  
Res/Native Retired Military Hunt/Fish  $5.00  
Res/Surviving Spouse Military Killed in Action Fish  $2.50  
     
Recreational Fishing Gear Fees
Res. 
NR 
Crab Traps (limit 10)  $15 $60
Slat Traps (limit 5)  $20 $80
Trawls - up to 16 feet  $25 $100
Trawls - 16 feet to 25 feet  $80 $320
Oyster Tong (per tong)  $5 $20
Crawfish Traps (limit 35)  $15 $60
Pipes/Drums (limit 5)  $10 $40
Cans/Buckets (limit 5)  $10 $40
Wire Nets (limit 5) 7 $20 $80
Hoop Nets (limit 5) 7 $20 $80
Lifetime License Fees
   
Lifetime Fishing - age 5-13  $200  
Lifetime Fishing - age 14 and up  $300  
Lifetime Hunt/Fish - age 0-4  $200  
Lifetime Hunt/Fish - age 5-13  $300  
Lifetime Hunt/Fish - age 14 and up  $500  
NR Lifetime Hunt/Fish  $3,000  
Lifetime Resident Senior Hunt/Fish (60 or older)  $50  
Lifetime Fishing Gear  10 times annual fee per gear type   

 

1 Senior Fish/Hunt License: Any resident who turned 60 years of age on or after June 1, 2000 must obtain a senior fishing/hunting license to hunt or fish. This license is in lieu of basic and saltwater fishing, basic hunting, big game, bow, primitive firearms, LA duck license, turkey stamp and WMA hunting permit. It does not include special gear such as trawls, crab traps, crawfish traps, hoop nets, etc. 
2 Persons who fish from a charter vessel in saltwater areas of the state, with a licensed guide on board at all times, may possess a Charter Passenger License at a cost of $10.00 that is valid for 3 consecutive days. 
3 Sportsman’s Paradise License: Includes Basic and Saltwater Fishing, Basic and Big Game Hunting, Bow, Primitive Firearms, Turkey, LA Duck and WMA Hunting Permit, and all recreational gear licenses (EXCEPT recreational trawls greater than 16 feet in length). 
4 LA Disabled Fishing and Saltwater: See page 6. 
5 All inclusive. No other license required. 
6 Non-residents fishing under the direction of a charter operation in a licensed charter skiff in saltwater areas of the state may possess a non-resident charter skiff 3-day license at a cost of $30.00 and shall be valid for three consecutive days. 

Fishing Licenses

Recreational fishing and hunting licenses may be purchased online with the E-License option.  The E-License can be printed using your own printer for immediate use or save the PDF of licenses purchased to the electronic device you take with you .or by telephone using Visa or MasterCard. Call toll free 1-888-765-2602. An authorization number for immediate use will be provided and licenses will be mailed to the licensee.  A SERVICE FEE IS CHARGED.

Recreational Licenses that are purchased via mobile device- (Smart phone, Laptop, Tablet, etc.) will not receive a license in the mail.  You will receive a text with a temporary authorization number, and an e-mail with the temporary authorization number and a PDF of your licenses which can be saved and printed. 

Persons taking fish, whether recreationally or commercially, and persons involved in the fish industry, including wholesale/retail dealers and transporters, and vessels involved in the fish industry must be licensed.

All recreational licenses are valid from the date of purchase and expire on June 30 each year. In addition to other bona fide residency requirements, a Louisiana Driver's License or Louisiana ID Card issued by the Department of Public Safety is required to purchase resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses.

Title 56, Section 302.1.C.(1) requires that all recreational anglers fishing south of the "saltwater line" for saltwater species have in their possession a Louisiana saltwater angler's license IN ADDITION TO a basic Louisiana fishing license EXCEPT those persons otherwise exempted. All regulations apply regardless of where the fish is taken.

A recreational fisherman must purchase and have in possession a valid basic recreational fishing license to possess fish in Louisiana waters or to use the following:

  1. Bow and arrow
  2. A barbed or barbless spear
  3. Frog gig/catcher
  4. Scuba Gear
  5. Hook & line (trot line)
  6. Cast net with a radius not to exceed 8 ft. 6 in.
  7. Rod and reel

Persons who obtain resident licenses when not complying with the bona fide residency requirements as stated in the definition section will be subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions.

Bona Fide Resident:

Bona Fide Resident:
1. Any person who has resided in this state continuously during the 6 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license and who has manifested his intent to remain in this state by establishing Louisiana as his legal domicile, as demonstrated by compliance with all of the following, as applicable:

  • If registered to vote, he is registered to vote in Louisiana
  • If licensed to drive a motor vehicle, he is in possession of a valid Louisiana drivers license, or, if over the age of fifteen years and not licensed to drive, he is in possession of a special identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections
  • If owning a motor vehicle located within Louisiana, he is in possession of a valid Louisiana registration for that vehicle
  • If earning an income, he has filed a Louisiana state income tax return and has complied with state income tax laws and regulations.

 

2.  Any person, corporation or other legal entity which possesses a resident license from any state or country other than Louisiana shall not qualify for a resident hunting license in Louisiana.

 

RESIDENT RECREATIONAL LICENSE FEES

LICENSE FEE
Hook & Line (cane pole)

$ 2.50

Basic Fishing

$ 9.50

Saltwater License (Basic Fishing Required)

$13.00

*Senior Fish/Hunt

$ 5.00

***Charter Passenger License (3 day)

$ 10.00

La. Sportsman's Paradise License (Includes basic and saltwater fishing; basic and big game hunting; bow, primitive weapon, turkey and La. waterfowl license; WMA hunting permit, and all recreational gear licenses EXCEPT recreational trawls greater than 16 feet in length.)

$100.00

**La. Disabled Fishing

$ 2.50

**La. Disabled Saltwater

$ 2.50

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Free

*Senior Fish/Hunt License: Any resident who turned sixty (60) years of age on or after June 1, 2000 must obtain a senior fishing/hunting license to hunt or fish. This license does not include special gear such as trawls, crab traps, crawfish traps, hoop nets, etc.

**LA Disabled Fishing and Saltwater applicants must present a copy of their driver's license and a recent award letter from the Office of Social Security to be considered. Available at Baton Rouge only.

***Persons who fish from a charter vessel in saltwater areas of the state, with a licensed guide on board at all times, may possess a Charter Passenger License at a cost of $10.00 that is valid for three consecutive days. Charter guide license number or mothership license must be provided when purchasing charter passenger licenses.

NON-RESIDENT RECREATIONAL LICENSE FEES

LICENSE FEE
Non-Resident Basic Fish Season

$60.00

Non-Resident Basic Fish Trip (1 day)

$ 5.00

Non-Resident Saltwater Season (Basic Fishing Required)

$30.00

Non-Resident Saltwater Trip (1-day)

$17.50

* Charter Passenger (3 day)

$ 10.00

** Non-Resident Charter Skiff (3-day)

$30.00

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

Free

*Persons who fish from a charter vessel in saltwater areas of the state, with a licensed guide on board at all times, may possess a Charter Passenger License at a cost of $10.00 that is valid for three consecutive days.

**Non-residents fishing under the direction of a charter operation in a licensed charter skiff in saltwater areas of the state may possess a non-resident charter skiff three-day license at a cost of $30.00 and shall be valid for three consecutive days.

MILITARY LICENSE FEES

 

LICENSE FEE
Res/Non-Resident Active Military Fishing

$ 9.50

Res/Non-Resident Active Military Saltwater

$ 5.50

Res/Native Retired Military Hunt/Fish       

$5.00

Res/Surviving Spouse Military Killed in Action Fish

$2.50

RECREATIONAL GEAR LICENSES

Recreational anglers ages 16 and over using any of the recreational gear listed below must, in addition to their basic fishing license, purchase the applicable gear license. If fishing in saltwater areas of the state, a saltwater fishing license is also required. Lifetime fishing license holders must also purchase a gear license to use recreational gear.

LICENSE RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Crab Traps (limit 10 traps)
(fished singly or on trot line)

$15

$60

Slat Traps (limit 5 traps)

$20

$80

Trawls (up to 16 feet)

$25

$100

**Trawls (over 16 feet, up to 25 feet)

$80

$320

Oyster Tong (per tong)

$5

$20

Crawfish Traps (limit 35 traps)

$15

$60

Pipes/Drums (limit 5)

$10

$40

Cans/Buckets (limit 5)

$10

$40

*Wire Nets (limit 5)

$20

$80

*Hoop Nets (limit 5)

$20

$80

Recreational wire and hoop nets shall be used only in the geographical areas of the state designated as freshwater see page 13 of the fishing regulations click here.
**Not included in Sportsman's Paradise license.

LIFETIME LICENSES

Lifetime Licenses cover basic fishing, saltwater fishing, basic hunting, big game hunting, bow hunting and muzzleloader hunting licenses, state Waterfowl and Turkey stamps, and the WMA hunting permit.

LICENSE FEE
Lifetime Fishing (14 & older)

$ 300

Lifetime Fishing (5 - 13)

$ 200

Lifetime Hunt/Fish (14 & older)

$ 500

Lifetime Hunt/Fish (5 - 13)

$ 300

Lifetime Hunt/Fish (0 - 4)

$ 200

Non-Resident Lifetime Hunt/Fish

$3,000

Lifetime Fishing Gear

10 times annual fee per gear type

Lifetime Resident Senior (60 +)

$ 50

Lifetime Licenses are available from the Baton Rouge office only.  Allow three weeks processing time. Applicants are required to have lived in Louisiana for the immediate 6 months prior to making application to qualify for resident rates. Mandatory documents required with completed application are a valid Louisiana driver's license issued a minimum of 6 months AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: (1) Louisiana voter's registration card, (2) Louisiana vehicle registration and (3) two previous years state tax filing, stamped by Department of Revenue & Taxation.

Student License Application

Commercial or Recreational: 
Recreational

Lifetime License Application

Commercial or Recreational: 
Recreational

Duplicate Lifetime Licenses

Commercial or Recreational: 
Recreational

Duplicate Commercial Licenses

Hunting or Fishing: 
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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES AMENDS FISHING CLOSURE

Release Date: 06/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters near Cocodrie and south of Dulac, LA and in portions of the territorial seas in Terrebonne and Vermilion parishes effective immediately today, June 7. 

Inside Waters Opening

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude west of the western shore of Bayou Petit Caillou and east of the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7. 

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line from 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7. 

Territorial Seas Opening

The portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude near the southwestern shore of Pointe au Fer island opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7.

The portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 92 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude near Freshwater Bayou westward to 92 degrees  25 minutes 00 seconds west longitude opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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LDWF AMENDS FISHING CLOSURES IN PORTION OF BARATARIA BASIN

Release Date: 06/06/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following action in a portion of the Barataria Basin south of Empire, LA in Plaquemines Parish effective at sunset today, June 6, due to confirmed reports of oil in the area.

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line and south of the Mississippi River from the southern shoreline of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds north latitude westward to the western shoreline of the Empire Canal, closes to recreational and commercial fishing effective sunset today, June 6. 

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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