Fishing

Six Men Cited for Fishing Violations on East Carroll Parish Waters

Release Date: 09/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men for allegedly taking and possessing over the limit of freshwater bass on four different days in September in East Carroll Parish.

On Sept. 10, agents found Stephen M. Lewis, 50, of Clinton Miss., with 14 bass in his live well in Albemarle Lake.  On Sept. 11, an agent returned to Albemarle Lake and found Robert Purvis, 56, of Tallulah, in possession of 11 bass.

On Sept 16, agents found Leigh T. Fraysier, 47, and Brannon Cooper, 56, both of Vicksburg, Miss., fishing in Chotard Lake and in possession of 22 bass.  Each subject claimed to have taken an equal amount of fish.  Therefore, both subjects were charged with taking and possessing over the limit of freshwater bass.  

On Sept. 20, agents found Tony Wuarnock, 51, of Jackson, Miss., to be in possession of 11 bass.  During the same patrol, agents contacted a separate vessel occupied by Charles M. Bryant Jr., 39, also of Jackson, Miss., and found him to be in possession of 11 bass.

The daily limit for largemouth bass is 10 per person.

The six men face fines up to $350, or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs.  A court order for restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish will also be filed with the case.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Wayne Parker, Sgt. Darren Bruce, Sgt. James Hagan and Senior Agent Justin Lee.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

 

2010-271

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/15/2010

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 - 1:30 p.m.
Louisiana Room
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Headquarters
2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.  70808

1.    Roll Call

2.    Approval of Minutes of March 16, 2010

3.    Welcome and Opening Comments Chairman

4.    Enforcement Division Report: Oil Spill Response

5.    Bird Rescue Mission: Oil Spill Response Office of Wildlife, Coastal & Non-game Resources Division

6.    2010-11 Duck Season Forecast / Oil Spill Impacts on Habitat Office of Wildlife, Wildlife Division

7.    Fisheries Report: Oil Spill Response Office of Fisheries, Research Division

8.    Set Next Meeting Date

9.    Receive Public Comments

10.    Adjournment

 

 

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Commercial Saltwater Size and Take Limits

COBIA (LING OR LEMON FISH)
33 inches minimum fork length. Two fish per person. Licensed commercial fishermen may only possess and sell two fish per trip.
DRUM
Black: 16 inches minimum total length. There is an annual harvest quota of 3.25 million pounds for black drum measuring 16-27 inches total length, and an annual
harvest of 300,000 fish measuring longer than 27 inches total length. Fishing year begins Sept. 1.
Red: Commercial take of red drum is prohibited.
FLOUNDER, SOUTHERN
10 fish for each licensed fisherman for each consecutive day on the water EXCEPT any commercial shrimping vessels may retain and any commercial fisherman may sell all Southern flounder caught as bycatch on any shrimping trip.
MACKEREL
King: 24 inches minimum fork length. There is a 3,000 pound trip limit in effect. Fishing year begins July 1. (Federal permit is required when fishing in federal waters.)
Spanish: 12 inches minimum fork length. (Federal permit
is required when fishing in federal waters.)
SHEEPSHEAD
10 inches minimum total length.
MENHADEN
Legal Gear - Purse Seine: Cannot be used to take finfish
other than menhaden or herring like species. Use is otherwise prohibited in inside or outside waters as delineated
in LA. R.S. 56:495.
Regular Menhaden Season: The season for the taking of menhaden as well as processing of menhaden shall be from the third Monday in April (April 19, 2010) through Nov. 1. The menhaden season shall apply to all waters seaward of the inside-outside line described in R.S. 56:495 including waters in the Federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and in Chandeleur and Breton Sounds LAC 76:VII.307.D. All other inside waters and passes are permanently closed to menhaden fishing.
Menhaden Bait Season: runs from after the close of theregular menhaden season until Dec. 1. If the quota has not been reached by Dec. 1, then, beginning on April 1 of the following year, bait gulf menhaden may be taken until LDWF determines that the quota (3,000 metric tons) has been met. Any menhaden taken pursuant to this special season shall be sold only for use as bait. The Secretary shall grant special permits for the taking of menhaden during the special bait season.
Anyone legally harvesting menhaden cannot possess more than 5 percent, by weight, of any species other than menhaden and herring-like species.
MULLET, STRIPED
Mullet Permit: The commercial fisherman (captain) is required to qualify and purchase a mullet permit to commercially
harvest mullet. Mullet permit required in addition
to other licenses, qualifications exist.
Qualifying criteria for Mullet Permit are:

  1. applicant must have possessed a valid saltwater gill net license during two of the years 1993, 1994 or 1995.
  2. applicant must provide positive proof, in the form of state and federal income tax returns, including Schedule C of the federal 1040 form, submitted in accordance with procedures established by the commission, that the applicant has derived more than fifty percent of his income earned from the capture and sale of seafood species in at least two of the three years, 1993, 1994 or 1995.

Legal Gear - Mullet Strike Net: Mullet may only be taken commercially with a mullet strike net. One and three-fourth inches square or three and one-half inches stretched mesh (minimum). No mullet strike net in use can exceed 1,200 feet in length or be unattended by the licensee thereof. Mullet strike nets may only be used in state waters for the legal taking of striped mullet with a special mullet permit during the commercial season.
Commercial season: from the third Monday in October (Oct. 18, 2010) until the third Monday in January (Jan. 17, 2011). No commercial harvest of mullet is allowed outside this season. Mullet strike nets may be used Monday through Friday from sunrise to sunset. Only one mullet strike net may be in use from any vessel at any time. A commercial fisherman must have in possession
a valid LDWF mullet permit in his name for legal harvest and sale. Mullet strike nets must be tagged with an LDWF issued tag. No other fish may be possessed when mullet fishing.
Strike net gear licenses are non-transferable.

POMPANO, FLORIDA
Pompano Permit: A commercial fisherman is required to obtain a pompano permit to commercially harvest and sell pompano using a pompano strike net in Breton and Chandeleur sounds during the pompano season.
Legal Gear - Pompano Strike Net: In addition to other legal gears, Florida pompano can be harvested with pompano strike nets in seasons and areas described below. Two and one-half inches square or five inches stretched mesh (minimum). No pompano strike net in use shall exceed 2,400 feet in length or be unattended by the licensee thereof. Pompano strike nets may only be used for the legal taking of pompano in the waters in excess of seven feet in depth and beyond 2,500 feet from land within the Chandeleur and Breton Sound areas described in R.S. 56:406(A)(2). Pompano strike nets may be used from Aug. 1-Oct. 31 of each year.

REEF FISH
To commercially harvest or sell certain reef fish species
listed below (triggerfishes, amberjacks, wrasses, snappers, groupers and tilefishes) whether taken within or without the territorial waters of Louisiana, fishermen must possess a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Resources. Contact:
National Marine Fisheries Service,
Southeast Regional Office
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 824-5305
(For permit related inquiries 727-824-5326)
For a person on board a vessel to fish for or possess Gulf Reef fish in the Gulf EEZ, the vessel must possess on board and such person must use the gear as specified below:

  1. Non-stainless steel circle hooks - required when fishing with natural baits for reef fish
  2. Dehooking device - at least one device is required and must be used to remove hooks embedded in Gulf reef fish with minimum damage.
    • A. The hook removal device must be constructed to allow the hook to be secured and the barb shielded without re-engaging during the removal process.
    • B. The dehooking end must be blunt and all edges rounded.
    • C. The device must be of a size appropriate to secure the range of hook sizes and styles used in the Gulf reef fish fishery.
  3. Venting tool - at least one venting tool is required and must be used to deflate the swim bladders of Gulf reef fish to release the fish with minimum damage.
    • A. This tool must be a sharpened, hollow instrument, such as a hypodermic syringe with the plunger removed, or a 16-gauge needle fixed to a hollow wooden dowel. A tool such as a knife or an ice pick may not be used.
    • B. The venting tool must be inserted into the fish at a 45 degree angle approximately 1-2 inches (2.54-5.08 cm) from the base of the pectoral fin.
    • C. The tool must be inserted just deep enough to release the gases, so that the fish may be released with minimum damage.

Amberjack, Greater: 36 inches minimum fork length. Closed season March 1 - May 31 each year.
Amberjack, Lesser: 14 inches minimum fork length and 22 inches maximum fork length.
Rudderfish, Banded: 14 inches minimum fork length and 22 inches maximum fork length.
Seabass, Black: Eight inches minimum total length.
Triggerfish, Grey: 14 inches minimum total length.
Grouper*: Commercial harvest of grouper species is limited to those persons possessing a federal commercial vessel permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Federal Fishery Management Plan for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish resources, and are limited to a commercial trip limit of 6,000 pounds gutted weight of deep-water and shallow-water grouper combined per vessel, during the open seasons for each of those species groups.
Goliath (formerly called Jewfish): Take or possession of Goliath grouper within or without the waters of Louisiana is prohibited.
Nassau Grouper: Take or possession of Nassau grouper within or without the waters of Louisiana is prohibited.
Shallow-Water Grouper:
Black: 24 inches minimum total length. Commercial season closed from Feb. 15 through March 14 each year.
Gag: 24 inches minimum total length. Commercial season
closed from Feb. 15 through March 14 each year.
Red: 20 inches minimum total length. Commercial season
closed from Feb. 15 through March 14 each year.
Scamp: 16 inches minimum total length.
Yellowfin: 20 inches minimum total length.
Deep-Water Grouper: Misty, Snowy, Yellowedge, Warsaw Groupers and Speckled Hind: no minimum lengths.

Snapper:
Lane: Eight inches minimum total length.
Mutton: 16 inches minimum total length.
Vermilion (beeliner): 10 inches minimum total length. (Closed season April 22 - May 31)
Yellowtail: 12 inches minimum total length.
Schoolmaster: 12 inches minimum total length.
Cubera: 12 inches minimum total length.
Mahogany: 12 inches minimum total length.
Dog: 12 inches minimum total length.
Gray (mangrove): 12 inches minimum total length.
Hogfish: 12 inches minimum fork length.
Red**: 13 inches minimum total length.
Queen Snapper, Blackfin Snapper, Silk Snapper, Wenchman, Almaco Jack, Goldface Tilefish, Tilefish, Blackline Tilefish, Anchor Tilefish, Blueline Tilefish, Dwarf Sandperch and Sandperch: no minimum limits.
*Commercial regulations for harvest of reef fish include additional
regulations required under the NMFS Reef Fish Permit System. For grouper and tilefish an IFQ is in place in federal waters. Persons involved in the commercial harvest of these species
should contact their local and federal enforcement agents for details on these regulations
**Commercial red snapper harvest regulations include several changes to reflect requirements for Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) regulations in federal waters off of Louisiana. In addition to a requirement for a federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish, in order to fish for, possess or land Gulf red snapper, a federal Gulf red snapper IFQ vessel endorsement must have been issued to the vessel and be on board. IFQ allocation must be assigned that is at least equal to the pounds of red snapper landed/docked at a shore side location or off loaded. On the last fishing trip of the year a vessel may exceed by 10 percent the remaining IFQ allocation. No person shall purchase, sell, exchange, barter or attempt to purchase, sell, exchange or barter any red snapper in excess of any possession limit for which federal commercial license, permit and appropriate allocation were issued.
In addition to the requirement for a federal dealer permit for Gulf reef fish, for a dealer to receive Gulf red snapper from a commercial fishing vessel he must have a federal Gulf red snapper
IFQ dealer endorsement. For a person aboard a vessel with a federal Gulf red snapper IFQ vessel endorsement to sell to anyone other than a permitted dealer, such person must also have a federal
Gulf red snapper IFQ dealer endorsement.
The owner or operator of a vessel landing red snapper is responsible for calling National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement at least three hours, but no more than 12 hours, in advance of landing to report the time and location of landing and the name of the IFQ dealer where the red snapper are to be received. At-sea or dockside transfer of commercial red snapper from one vessel to another vessel is prohibited.

SEATROUT, SPOTTED (SPECKLED TROUT)
Spotted Seatrout Permit: In addition to other commercial
fishing licenses a qualified commercial fisherman must have in possession a valid Spotted Seatrout permit to commercially harvest and sell spotted seatrout.  The commercial
fisherman (captain) is required to qualify and purchase
a spotted seatrout permit to commercially harvest and sell spotted seatrout. A saltwater guide may not possess
a spotted seatrout permit.
Qualifying criteria for Spotted Seatrout Permit are:

  1. applicant must have possessed a valid saltwater gill net license during two of the years 1993, 1994 or 1995.
  2. applicant must provide positive proof, in the form of state and federal income tax returns, including Schedule C of the federal 1040 form, submitted in accordance with procedures established by the commission,

that the applicant has derived more than fifty percent of his income earned from the capture and sale of seafood species in at least two of the three years, 1993, 1994 or 1995.
Legal Gear: Spotted seatrout may be taken only by properly licensed and permitted commercial rod-and-reel fishermen. No commercial gear other than commercial
rod-and-reel may be used or in possession to take spotted seatrout. All persons on board a vessel commercially
fishing for spotted seatrout shall be validly licensed commercial fishermen. Only the spotted trout permit holder may sell spotted seatrout.
Size: 14 inches total minimum total length, with an annual harvest quota of one million pounds.
Seasons/Times: Commercial fishing begins on the second
day of January until the last day of July or until the quota is reached, whichever comes first. Spotted seatrout
may not be taken commercially during the period from official sunset on Friday through official sunrise on Monday, and there shall be no possession of spotted seatrout in excess of the recreational limit during theperson holding a permit for the commercial taking or possession of spotted seatrout may take or possess an amount not to exceed the legal recreational limit of spotted
seatrout between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. during the open season and at any time during the closed season if that person also possesses a basic recreational
fishing license and a saltwater fishing license.
It is illegal to possess spotted seatrout on a vessel where there is a gill net, strike net, hoop net, trammel net or seine or other commercial gear. No person shall qualify for a charter boat fishing guide license and a spotted seatrout permit during the same licensure period.

HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES
Tuna, swordfish and sharks possessed by a commercial
fisherman shall not be skinned or scaled until set or put on shore or when sold. Those species of tuna which have minimum size restrictions may have the head removed as long as the carcass length without the head exceeds the minimum size requirement.

Shark:
NOTE: There are proposed rules that could significantly
modify rules for the harvest of sharks. Harvesters and wholesale/retail dealers interested in harvesting shark should remain aware of the current regulations.
Persons commercially fishing for shark are required to obtain a shark permit from LDWF. In addition to other commercial licenses and state shark permits, persons
commercially fishing for sharks in federal waters are required to have a federal shark permit. Note: There is a trip limit of 33 fish per trip and per day for large coastal sharks, which are the following: great hammerhead,
scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, sandbar shark, silky shark, spinner shark, tiger shark. Persons possessing a Commercial State Shark Permit shall not possess any sandbar sharks unless they also have in their name and in possession a valid Federal Shark Research permit under 50CFR635.32(1). The act of “finning” and possession of fins in excess of 5 percent
of the weight of shark carcasses are prohibited. All sharks aboard a vessel shall have fins naturally attached to the original shark carcass by at least some portion of uncut skin. No person aboard any vessel shall transfer or cause the transfer of sharks between vessels on state or federal waters. All Louisiana state waters out to the seaward
boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to the commercial harvest of all sharks between April 1 - June 30 of each year. The fishing year for shark shall begin on Jan. 1. The opening date for the commercial
shark season may be set at some date other than Jan. 1, and the closure of the fishery may be done on short notice as quotas are achieved, so participants in this fishery
must remain aware of seasons as well as the potential
for other rule changes.
Shark Permit: A commercial fisherman is required to acquire a shark permit to commercially harvest shark.
Prohibited Shark Species: No person shall take, possess,
purchase, sell, barter, exchange or attempt to possess,
purchase, sell, barter or exchange any of the following
species or parts thereof:
Atlantic angel shark
Caribbean sharpnose shark
sand tiger shark
basking shark
dusky shark
sevengill shark
bigeye sand tiger shark
Galapagos shark
sixgill shark
bigeye sixgill shark
largetooth sawfish
smalltail shark
bigeye thresher shark
longfin mako
smalltooth sawfish
bignose shark
narrowtooth shark
whale shark
Caribbean reef shark
night shark
white shark

Swordfish: 29 inches carcass length or 33 pounds dressed weight. To commercially harvest, possess or sell swordfish, whether within or outside Louisiana state territorial
waters, fishers must possess a valid Federal Commercial Swordfish Permit aboard the vessel. No person aboard any vessel shall transfer or cause the transfer of swordfish between vessel on state or federal waters.

Tuna: In addition to state required commercial fishing licenses, to commercially harvest, possess or sell Atlantic bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, skipjack tuna and albacore, whether within or outside Louisiana state territorial waters, fishers must possess a valid Federal Commercial Tuna Permit (1-888-USA-TUNA).
Person subject to the jurisdiction of the state, fishing for tunas within or without Louisiana state waters, are subject
to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations on recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations on harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons.
The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at: http://www.nmfspermits.com/library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the Web at: http://www.nmfspermits.com/newes.asp. 
Following are permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest, which may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

Yellowfin: 27 inches Curved Fork Length (CFL)
Bigeye: 27 inches Curved Fork Length (CFL)
Bluefin: 27 inches Curved Fork Length (CFL)

LDWF Begins Process of Reopening Commercial Fishing in Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays by Collecting Seafood Samples for Federal Testing

Release Date: 09/09/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is moving forward with sampling of crab, shrimp and finfish in closed commercial fishing areas west of the Mississippi Delta, which is the first step in reopening these state waters to commercial fishing.

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concurred with Louisiana's request to begin the reopening process in Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays, which were originally closed to commercial fishing earlier this summer after confirmed reports of oil suspected to be from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This marks the first federal testing to take place on seafood in these waters since the state issued the emergency closures. Once samples from these areas are determined to be safe of all hydrocarbons and dispersant substance, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham intends to order immediate openings to commercial fishing in these areas, which will leave only five percent of commercial fishing areas closed. Currently, LDWF fisheries biologists are collecting thousands of specimens of crab, shrimp and finfish in Terrebonne and Timbalier bays to submit to the FDA and NOAA for sensory testing and chemical analysis. Once these samples are processed, the FDA will render its decision on the reopening.

LDWF guidelines for re-opening commercial fishing areas are as follows:

  • Once visible signs of oil are no longer apparent in waters previously closed by LDWF to commercial fishing, LDWF will submit an 'intent to reopen' letter to NOAA and the FDA; 
  • LDWF biologists then conduct thorough sampling of finfish, crabs and shrimp in the proposed reopening area; 
  • Following the collection of the samples, biologists will immediately transfer specimens to be tested by the FDA and NOAA for signs of chemical contamination; 

Once the analysis is complete FDA and NOAA will render an opinion regarding the proposed reopening. The entire process is expected to be completed in 14 days.

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, contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-5113 or awethey@wlf.la.gov 

 

2010-266

Louisiana Seafood Safety Response and Certification Plan

On May 29, Louisiana officials sent a letter to British Petroleum outlining their plan for a long-term seafood safety plan. In addition to sending a detailed proposal for a 20-year, multi-agency initiative, the state is also requesting BP make $457 million available for implementation of the program.

Click here for a copy of the letter in its entirety

The state is currently negotiating for a five-year, $173 M plan

As outlined in the seafood safety plan, the intent of this proposal is to institute a seafood certification program that will provide seafood consumers confidence that Louisiana’s seafood is monitored and safe.

The state will use three criteria to determine the success of the initial five years of work.

  1. Tissue sample results show no indicators that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is present. 
  2. Landings of Louisiana’s major species of seafood (shrimp, crabs, oysters and fish) are at or above pre-spill levels. 
  3. Louisiana’s markets are restored and the overall value of our seafood is at or above pre-spill amounts. 

The state was forced to close vast amounts of waters to both recreational and commercial fishing due to the potential effects of the Mississippi Canyon 252 Oil Spill. In an effort to resume as much fishing activity as possible, it is imperative that the three tiered, multi-agency proposed plan be implemented in an expedient manner.

Three tiers to the proposed Seafood Safety Plan

  1. Seafood Safety Testing, Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Samples collected for analyses under the purview of this plan are intended to represent commercially and recreationally harvested species that are landed in Louisiana for the purposes of human health risk assessment and fisheries closure/openings.
  2. Louisiana Seafood Safety Public Education (Education and Marketing Component)
    • Louisiana is known for its high-quality seafood. The state produces one-third of the seafood consumed in the U.S. and the $3 billion seafood industry is a major economic engine as well as a significant draw for tourists both domestic and international. 
    • Even as we prove, through extensive testing, that our seafood is safe when the MC 252 event subsides, it is clear there has been extensive damage to the public perception of seafood grown and harvested in Louisiana.
    • This plan outlines an extensive effort to understand consumer behavior behind the perceptions, produce a campaign to educate the public on the safety and quality of Louisiana seafood, and monitor the effectiveness of the campaign for its duration.
  3. Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program
    • In an effort to improve consumer trust in Louisiana seafood, seafood products, restaurants and related businesses, the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program will be created, which allows for both Louisiana seafood harvesters and processors to certify their products based on quality control and food safety standards.
trammel net sampling
trammel net sampling 2
seine net sampling
seine net sampling 2
gill net sampling
gill net sampling 3
gill net samping 2
7-Trawl catch fr Barataria Bay for NOAA-FDA tissue analysis
6-Trawl catch fr Barataria Bay for NOAA-FDA tissue analysis
1-Shrimp samples for NOAA-FDA tissue analysis for det of hydrocarbon,cheml contaminant levels

Freshwater Finfish

Black Bass (Largemouth, spotted): Ten daily, of any size EXCEPT in specific areas as follows: **

Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Verret-Palourde Area and Lake Fausse Point-Dauterive Area: Ten daily with a minimum total length of 14 inches in area south of U.S. 190 from the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee (WABPL) to the intersection of LA 1 and U.S. 190 due north of Port Allen, west of LA 1 from U.S. 190 to LA 20 in Thibodaux, north and west of LA 20 from LA 1 to U.S. 90, north of U.S. 90 from LA 20 to the WABPL, east of the WABPL from U.S. 90 to the Corps of Engineers (COE) Locks on the WABPL at the Charenton Drainage and Navigation Canal (CDNC), north of and including the CDNC from the COE Locks on the WABPL to Highway 87, north and east of Highway 87 from the CDNC to Highway 320, east of Highway 320 from Highway 87 to Highway 86, south and east of Highway 86 from Highway 320 to Highway 345, east of Highway 345 from Highway 86 to Highway 679, south and east of Highway 679 from Highway 345 to Highway 3083, south of Highway 3083 from Highway 679 to the WABPL and east of the WABPL from Highway 3083 to U.S. 190.

Poverty Point Reservoir: Eight daily with protected slot limit of 15-19 inches. No more than one fish may exceed 19 inches in maximum total length.

Toledo Bend Reservoir: Eight daily in aggregate. Largemouth bass minimum total length of 14 inches. Spotted bass no size limit. NOTE: for enforcement purposes, a spotted bass is defined as a black bass with a tooth patch on the tongue.

Eagle Lake: Ten daily with minimum total length of 16 inches.

Caney Creek Lake (Jackson Parish): Eight daily with a protected slot limit* of 15 to 19 inches. No more than two fish may exceed 19 inches maximum total length.

False River (Pointe Coupee Parish): Five daily with a minimum total length of 14 inches.

Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes): 8 daily with a protected slot limit* of 16 to 21 inches. No more than two fish may exceed 21 inches in maximum total length.

Caddo Lake (Caddo Parish): 10 daily with a protected slot limit* of 14-17 inches, no more than 4 fish may exceed 17 inches maximum total length.

Black Bayou Lake (Bossier Parish), Chicot Lake (Evangeline Parish), Cross Lake (Caddo Parish), Lake Rodemacher (Rapides Parish), John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River Parish) and Vernon Lake (Vernon Parish): 8 daily with a protected slot limit* of 14 to 17 inches. No more than four fish may exceed 17 inches maximum total length. 

* Fish falling within a protected slot limit must be immediately released. To avoid violations, anglers fishing any of these water bodies should contact LDWF for current regulations.

Bowfin (Choupique): 16 inches minimum total length.

Buffalo Fish or their hybrids: 16 inches minimum total length limit, 25 per day under 16 inches. No limit over 16 inches.

Freshwater Drum (Gaspergou): 12 inches minimum total length limit, 25 per day under 12 inches. No limit over 12 inches.

Channel Catfish: 11 inches minimum total length limit (see Catfish below for possession limit).

Blue Catfish: 12 inches minimum total length limit (see Catfish below for possession limit).

Flathead Catfish: 14 inches minimum total length limit (see Catfish below for possession limit).

Catfish (blue, channel and flathead): The possession limit for catfish caught recreationally shall be 100. The 100 fish may be a single species, or a combination of blue, channel or flathead catfish. A recreational fisherman may possess a maximum of 25 undersize catfish of a single or combination of all three species within the 100 fish possession limit. The maximum possession limit for catfish caught in Toledo Bend Reservoir on a recreational license shall be 125 fish which may be any combination of species of catfish. A recreational fisherman may possess on Toledo Bend Reservoir, a maximum of 50 undersize catfish which may be any combination of species of catfish.

Crappie: 50 daily, EXCEPT for Poverty Point which has a daily limit of 25.

Crawfish: 150 pounds daily.

Paddlefish: two daily. All paddlefish greater than 30 inches (lower jaw fork length) must be returned to the water immediately. The taking or possession of paddlefish is closed in all saltwater areas of the state and in border waters shared with Texas. All possessed paddlefish must be dead. The possession or transportation of live paddlefish is prohibited. All paddlefish possessed on the waters of the state shall be maintained intact. No persons shall possess paddlefish eggs on the waters of the state which are not fully attached to the fish.

Shad: 50 pounds daily.

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass, or any combination thereof: five daily of which no more than two may exceed 30 inches in length.

Sturgeon: No legal harvest or possession.

White Bass: 50 daily EXCEPT for Toledo Bend which has a daily limit of 25.

Yellow Bass: No limit.

Other Freshwater Game Fish: No limit.

DAILY BAG LIMIT

No person shall take and/or possess in any one day more than the daily bag limit as set by law for any species of fish.

POSSESSION

No person shall have in his possession more than twice the daily bag limit of any kind of freshwater game fish; except that only one day's bag limit of black bass or paddlefish may be in possession while on the water and except that only a one day's bag limit of all species of fish may be in possession while on the water at Toledo Bend Reservoir; and except that the possession limit for catfish is as identified under Catfish; and except that only one day's bag limit of crappie may be in possession while on the water at Poverty Point. All designated freshwater game fish (black bass, striped bass, crappie and bream) caught in any type of recreational or commercial net or trap must be returned immediately to the water from which taken without avoidable injury. All regulations regarding these species apply whether caught in salt or fresh water areas.

SALE OF CERTAIN FRESHWATER FISH PROHIBITED

No person shall purchase, sell, exchange or offer for sale or exchange, or possess or import with intent to sell or exchange any freshwater game fish, or any fish taken recreationally or taken with any recreational gear, including but not limited to largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus), shadow bass (Ambloplites ariommus), black or white crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus, P. annularis), white bass (Morone chrysops), yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis), striped bass (Moronesaxatilis), hybrid striped bass (striped bass-white bass cross or striped bass-yellow bass cross), any species of bream (Lepomis spp.), or any other species of freshwater game fish or saltwater game fish.

PROHIBITED FRESHWATER FISHES

No person may possess or sell in this state the following fishes: all species of piranha, tilapia and carp (except koi or common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and goldfish (Carassius auratus)); Rio Grand Cichlid; freshwater electric eel (Electrophorus sp.); rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus); all members of the families Synbranchidae (Asian swamp eels), Channidae (snakeheads), Clariidae (walking catfishes) and Trichomycteridae (pencil catfishes). No fish of any species from outside the state shall be liberated within the state except upon written permission of the Secretary. No fish of any species shall be liberated into state waters without written permission of the Secretary.

Releasing aquarium fishes or unused bait into state waters is illegal.

NOXIOUS AQUATIC PLANTS - IMPORTATION PROHIBITED

No person shall, at any time, knowingly import or cause to be transported into the jurisdiction of the state of Louisiana from any other state or country, without first obtaining a written permit from the Commission, any of the following noxious aquatic plants which are or can be grown submerged or partly submerged, or floating in water. Eichhornia azurea (rooting or anchoring hyacinth), Elodea canadensis (elodea), Hydrilla spp. (hydrilla),Lagarosiphon muscoides & Lagarosiphon major (African elodea), Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian watermilfoil), Najas marina (marine naiad), Najas minor (slender naiad), Panicum repens (torpedograss), Pontederia spp. (pickerelweed), Spirodela oligorrhiza (giant duckweed), Trapa (waterchestnut), Melaleuca quinquenvia (kapok tree), Pistia stratioties (water lettuce), Salvinia spp. (salvinia), Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife), Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth).

NOTICE TO FISHERMEN AND BOATERS: With increasing frequency, introduced aquatic plants are creating serious aquatic habitat problems in many areas of the state. To minimize the spread of these plants in Louisiana waters we recommend the following: check boats (live wells, ice chests, fishing tackle, etc.) and trailers for the presence of aquatic vegetation prior to departing the launch site. If present, we encourage you to remove ALL plant material and dispose of it in a manner that will prevent introduction into other waterbodies.
 

Saltwater Finfish

NOTICE TO OFFSHORE FISHERMEN

Louisiana recreational and commercial anglers fishing offshore beyond the Louisiana boundary are in federal waters and are subject to rules and regulations that may differ from those in state waters. To ensure that you are in compliance with federal regulations, you should contact the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at (813) 348-1630, toll free 1-888-833-1844 (write 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607 for informational pamphlet, e-mail: gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org; website: www.gulfcouncil.org ). All persons possessing fish in Louisiana waters must be in possession of applicable basic or saltwater license.

Contact your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent for specific information: Baton Rouge (225) 765-2999, Minden (318) 371-3049, Monroe (318) 362-2417, Alexandria (318) 487-5634, Ferriday (318) 757-3072, Lake Charles (337) 491-2580, Opelousas (337) 948-0257, Slidell/New Orleans (504) 284-2023, New Iberia (337) 373-0032, or Thibodaux (985) 447-0821.

COMMON COASTAL SPECIES

Drum, Black: 16 inches minimum total length. Five fish per person daily bag limit and possession limit with not more than one exceeding 27 inches.

Drum, Red (Redfish):16 inches minimum total length. Five fish per person daily bag limit with not more than one exceeding 27 inches. See note* at the end of this section. Take or possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

Flounder, Southern: 10 fish per person for each consecutive day on the water.

Mullet, Striped: Daily take and possession limit of 100 lbs. per person per day.

Seatrout, Spotted (Speckled Trout): 12 inches minimum total length. 25 fish per person daily bag limit. EXCEPT: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in southwestern Louisiana.

Within the area described here, of the daily take and possession limit of 15 spotted seatrout, no person shall possess, regardless of where taken, more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length, which are considered part of the daily bag and possession limit. These regulations apply to the area of the state, including coastal territorial waters, south of Interstate 10 from its junction at the Texas-Louisiana boundary eastward to its junction with Louisiana Highway 171, south to Highway 14, and then south to Holmwood, and then south on Highway 27 through Gibbstown south to Louisiana Highway 82 at Creole and south on Highway 82 to Oak Grove and then due south to the western shore of the Mermentau River, following this shoreline south to the junction with the Gulf of Mexico, and then due south to the limit of the state territorial sea.

Cobia (ling or lemon fish): Two fish per person. 33 inches minimum fork length.

Mackerel, King: Two fish per person. 24 inches minimum fork length. See note** at the end of this section.

Mackerel, Spanish: 15 fish per person. 12 inches minimum fork length. See note** at the end of this section.

HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES***

Billfish: For purposes of this section, the following words and phrases have the meaning ascribed to them in this subsection, unless the context clearly shows a different meaning:

Saltwater Recreational Fishing State Creel and Size Limits

Dressed weight: weight of the carcass after it has been gutted, headed and finned.

Carcass Length: curved measure from posterior edge of gill opening to anterior portion of caudal keel.

Lower Jaw Fork Length (LJFL): straight-line length from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.

Curved Fork Length (CFL): tip of upper jaw to fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.

Trip: a fishing trip, regardless of the number of days duration, that begins with departure from a dock, berth, beach, seawall or ramp and that terminates with return to a dock, berth, beach, seawall or ramp.

Marlin, Blue: 99 inches minimum LJFL.

Marlin, White: 66 inches minimum LJFL.

Sailfish: 63 inches minimum LJFL.

Swordfish: 29 inches carcass minimum length or 33 pounds minimum dressed weight. Recreational fishing vessels shall not possess more than five swordfish per vessel per trip. Swordfish taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered, or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. No person aboard any vessel shall transfer or cause the transfer of swordfish between vessels on state or federal waters.

Tuna: Person subject to the jurisdiction of the state, fishing for tunas within or without Louisiana statewaters, are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations on recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations on harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. The "Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure" is available at http://www.nmfspermits.com/library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http://www.nmfspermits.com/newes.asp.

All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing to NMFS by calling (888) 872-8862 or accessing the www.hmspermits.govwebsite. For further information regarding angling category permits please call the Northeast Regional Office HMS Division at (978) 281-9260. Following are permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest,which may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

Tuna, Yellowfin - 27 inches minimum CFL. Three fish per person daily bag and possession limit.

Tuna, Bigeye - 27 inches minimum CFL.

Tuna, Bluefin - 27 inches minimum CFL.

Shark: Closed Season- All Louisiana State waters out to the seaward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of all sharks between April 1 and June 30 of each year.

Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead: The aggregate daily take and possession limit for recreationally caught Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead sharks within or without Louisiana waters shall be one fish per person per trip and in possession.

Other Sharks: The aggregate daily take and possession limit for all "Small Coastal," "Large Coastal" and "Pelagic" sharks combined, caught recreationally within or without Louisiana waters, shall be one fish per vessel per trip and in possession with a 54 inch minimum fork length, except that there is no minimum length limit on bonnethead shark and Atlantic sharpnose. Recreational harvesters may not take sandbar or silky shark from the "Large Coastal" species group.

Small Coastal Sharks: Atlantic sharpnose shark, bonnethead shark, blacknose shark, finetooth shark

Large Coastal Sharks: blacktip shark, nurse shark, smooth hammerhead, bull shark, sandbar shark, spinner shark, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, tiger shark, lemon shark, silky shark

Pelagic Sharks : blue shark, porbeagle shark, thresher shark, oceanic whitetip shark, shortfin mako

Prohibited Species: No person shall take, possess, purchase, sell, barter, exchange or attempt to possess, purchase, sell, barter, or exchange any of the following species or parts thereof: Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, sand tiger shark, basking shark, dusky shark, sevengill shark, bigeye sand tiger shark, Galapagos shark, sixgill shark, bigeye sixgill shark, largetooth sawfish smalltail shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako smalltooth sawfish bignose shark, narrowtooth shark, whale shark, Caribbean reef shark, night shark, white shark.

Sharks taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered, or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. A person subject to a bag limit shall not possess at any time, regardless of the number of trips or the duration of a trip, any shark in excess of the bag limits mentioned above. The practice of "finning," that is, removing only the fins and returning the remainder of the shark to the sea, is prohibited within and outside Louisiana waters. Notwithstanding other provisions of this part, a person may fish for, but not retain, white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with rod and reel only under a catch and release program, provided the person releases and returns such fish to the sea immediately with a minimum of injury.

REEF FISH

For a person on board a vessel to fish for or possess Gulf reef fish in the Gulf EEZ, the vessel must possess on board and such person must use the gear as specified below.

a. Non-Stainless Steel Circle Hooks. Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits for reef fish.

b. Dehooking Device. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks embedded in Gulf reef fish with minimum damage. The hook removal device must be constructed to allow the hook to be secured and the barb shielded without re-engaging during the removal process. The dehooking end must be blunt, and all edges rounded. The device must be of a size appropriate to secure the range of hook sizes and styles used in the Gulf reef fish fishery.

c. Venting Tool. At least one venting tool is required and must be used to deflate the swim bladders of Gulf reef fish to release the fish with minimum damage. This tool must be a sharpened, hollow instrument, such as a hypodermic syringe with the plunger removed, or a 16-gauge needle fixed to a hollow wooden dowel. A tool such as a knife or an ice-pick may not be used. The venting tool must be inserted into the fish at a 45-degree angle approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 cm) from the base of the pectoral fin. The tool must be inserted just deep enough to release the gases, so that the fish may be released with minimum damage.

Information on use of these tools can be obtained from information provided by Florida Sea Grant and Mote Marine Lab at: http://catchandrelease.org

Groupers:

Five fish per person per day bag limit in aggregate, all groupers, excluding Jewfish and Nassau grouper, with not more than one red grouper per person and two gag per person included in the bag limit and with not more than one speckled hind and one warsaw grouper per vessel. Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats as described below under "Red Snapper." Size limits also apply to the following species:

Black: 22 inches minimum total length.

Gag: 22 inches minimum total length.

Red: 20 inches minimum total length.

Yellowfin: 20 inches minimum total length.

Scamp: 16 inches minimum total length.

Goliath (formerly called jewfish): Taking or possessing jewfish is prohibited within or outside the waters of Louisiana.

Nassau: Taking or possessing Nassau grouper is prohibited within or outside the waters of Louisiana.

Snappers:

Snapper, Red**: Two fish per person. 16 inches minimum total length. The captain and crew of vessels under charter have a creel limit of zero. A federal recreational quota for red snapper is in effect.

For the following 11 snappers the combined possession is 10/person/day.
Queen, Blackfin, Silk, Wenchman, & Mutton: 16 inches minimum total length.
Schoolmaster, Cubera, Gray (mangrove), Yellowtail, Dog, & Mahogany: 12 inches minimum total length. 

For the following nine species of reef fish the combined possession limit is 20/person/day.
Snapper, Lane: Eight inches minimum total length.
Snapper, Vermilion: 10 inches minimum total length.
Gray Triggerfish: 14 inches minimum fork length.
Almaco Jack, Goldface Tilefish, Tilefish, Blackline Tilefish, Anchor Tilefish, & Blueline Tilefish

Miscellaneous Reef Fish:

Amberjack, Greater: One fish per person. 30 inches minimum fork length.

Amberjack, Lesser& Banded Rudderfish: 14 inches minimum length and 22 inches maximum fork length. Five fish per person per day in aggregate.

Hogfish: 12 inches minimum fork length. Five fish per person daily bag limit.

Seabass, Black: Eight inches minimum total length.

GENERAL NOTES

All saltwater finfish except tuna, garfish and swordfish possessed by a recreational angler shall have the headand caudal fin intact until set or put on shore. Tuna, garfish, swordfish and shark possessed by a recreational angler shall not be skinned or scaled until set or put on shore. Tuna which have minimum size requirements may have head removed if carcass length is in excess of minimum total length. Fillets may not be possessed on the water, except for the purpose of consumption at sea aboard the harvesting vessel, a person shall have no more than two pounds of finfish parts per person on board the vessel, provided that the vessel is equipped to cook such finfish and such finfish does not exceed applicable bag limits. These provisions shall not apply to bait species. Saltwater finfish caught or transported by a recreational fisherman, while license is in effect, are presumed to have been taken in Louisiana waters, for license requirements.

All regulations regarding these species apply whether caught in fresh or salt water areas.

*For Red Drum (Redfish), and Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout): Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day's bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on thewater, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period oflonger than 25 hours.

**Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

***All owners/operators of vessels fishing recreationally for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit. Similar to Atlantic tunas permits, 2009 Atlantic HMS permits cost $16.00 and will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31,2009.

Those regulations also require an Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat permit for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For information contact the National Marine Fisheries Service Permitting Office at 1-888-USA-TUNA (1-888-872-8862) or visit NMFS Permit Shop at: http://www.nmfspermits.com/initialapp.asp.

Recreational tournament operators: A person conducting a tournament involving scorekeeping or awards involving the catch and/or landing of Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), i.e., Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish or billfish (whether or not retained), must submit a registration to

HMS Tournament Registration, National Marine Fisheries Service

263 13th Avenue S., St.

Peterburg, FL, 33701

or Fax to (727) 824-5398. 

The registration must be in writing, at least four weeks prior to commencement of tournament fishing. A tournament registration form is available upon request from the above address or can be requested by FAX or from the HMS Permit Shop (https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/library.asp).
 

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