Fishing

Recreational Shrimping

To recreationally shrimp, a person will need basic and saltwater licenses. To use a trawl, a person will additionally need a gear license for a trawl which can be purchased at any license issuing facility.

Areas

Grand Isle Beach closed out to 500’ May to September by Commission action.
Shrimping areas in Louisiana are divided into inshore waters, the offshore territorial sea and the federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The line (shrimp line) that separates inside waters from outside territorial waters generally follows the coastline, although there are some exceptions. For specific boundary locations check with your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent. Maps of the shrimp line are available at a charge of $10 per map by writing the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70122. Please specify which area of the coast you are interested in. The line that separates state territorial waters from the EEZ generally follows the Louisiana coast three miles from shore. For specific boundary locations, particularly in the Grand Isle and Marsh Island area, you should contact your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent. For management purposes, both state inside and state outside territorial waters are divided into three shrimp management zones:
Zone 1: extends from the Louisiana/ Mississippi state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.
Zone 2: extends from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.
Zone 3: extends from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana/ Texas state line.
NOTE: Restricted areas exist within WMAs, refuges and other areas which may be closed to certain gear types or methods of fishing. Consult your local Wildlife and Fisheries Office or Enforcement Agent and the WMA section of this pamphlet.
Night shrimping, between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, is prohibited in Vermilion Bay, East and West Cote Blanche Bays, and Atchafalaya Bay, from the western shore of Vermilion Bay to the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel out to Eugene Island as described by the inside-outside line in R.S. 56:495.
Taking shrimp with saltwater trawls from May 1 - Sept. 15 each year is prohibited in state waters on the south side of Grand Isle from Caminada Pass to Barataria Pass in Jefferson Parish, from the southeast side of the Caminada bridge to the northwest side of Barataria Pass at Fort Livingston, extending from the beach side of Grand Isle to a distance of 500 feet beyond the shoreline into the Gulf of Mexico.

Trawling

No person shall trawl over any privately leased bedding grounds or oyster propagating place which is staked off, marked or posted as required by law or regulation. Trawling is prohibited in Lake Maurepas and that portion of Lake Pontchartrain from the shoreline to 1.25 miles out from the Jefferson/ Orleans Parish line east to the eastern shore of South Point, from South Point to North Shore along the railroad bridge west from North Shore to Goose Point.
Trawling is prohibited between the railroad bridge and Interstate 10 in Lake Pontchartrain.  Trawling at night is prohibited in Cameron Parish sections of Calcasieu Lake, the Black Lake Bayou System, Grand Bayou and Little Burten’s Ditch. Trawling at night is prohibited in Grand Lake and White Lake. Trawls are prohibited in the waters of Bayou Judge Perez (Bayou Hermitage) from its entrance into Lake Judge Perez (Bayou Hermitage) to Devils Bayou, a distance of approximately one mile, located in Plaquemines Parish. Trawling north of the LA Highway 631 Bridge at Des Allemands, Louisiana, and in Lake Des Allemands, its streams and tributaries, is prohibited. Trawling is prohibited in the cove immediately adjacent to Cypremort Point State Park landward of a line from Blue Point to Cypremort Point to the shoreline.

Seasons

Trawls cannot be used for any purpose in state waters during closed season. Shrimp seasons are flexible and are fixed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission based upon biological and technical data relative to shrimp populations in Louisiana waters. Generally, the spring inshore season will begin in early to mid May and may extend into July. The fall inshore season usually begins near mid-August and typically extends into December. The shrimp season in Louisiana’s outside territorial waters is generally open year round EXCEPT for a closed season in portions of state outside waters which may be set during the late winter to early spring months usually beginning in December or January and extending into March or April. The shrimp season in the federal waters of the Gulf outside (south) of Louisiana’s territorial waters is usually open all year; these waters are controlled by the federal government. A federal shrimp vessel permit is required for all vessels fishing shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico EEZ.
Information concerning federal shrimp vessel permits, Turtle Excluder Device (TED) and Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRD) requirements and exemptions can be obtained by contacting the National Marine Fisheries Service at (727) 824-5312 for TEDs or (727) 824-5305 for BRDs or at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

Size Limit

There is no size limit on any saltwater shrimp taken during the spring open season nor is there any size limit on brown shrimp or seabobs taken during any open season in Louisiana. There is, however, a minimum possession count on white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT during the period from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December when there shall be no possession count on white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total shrimp taken or possessed.

Methods of Taking

During open seasons, saltwater shrimp may be taken with trawls or cast nets and by no other means. Bait shrimp may be taken at any time, even during the closed season, with cast nets less than 8.5 feet in radius, hand operated dip nets with a diameter not to exceed three feet, bait traps, and bait seines less than 30 feet with a maximum mesh size of 1/4 inch bar, 1/2 inch stretched mesh which are manually operated on foot only. Cast Nets, Dip Nets, Bait Seines: A recreational angler may use dip nets, bait seines, and cast nets not to exceed 8.5 feet in radius, but shall not take at anytime more than 50 pounds of shrimp during closed season and 100 pounds of shrimp per day during the open season, in the aggregate, per day per boat or vehicle, regardless of the number of persons thereon, provided the shrimp taken are used for bait or for the fisherman’s own consumption and are not sold, traded or otherwise permitted to enter into commerce. Certain WMAs and state or federal refuges may have different rules, consult local LDWF office or Enforcement Agent for specifics.
Trawls: Trawls cannot have a mesh size less than 5/8 inch bar or 1.25 inches stretched. In Zone 2 from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island, mesh size must not be less than 3/4 inch bar or 1.5 inches stretched during the fall inshore shrimp season. No net or beam trawl used for taking fish or shrimp from the saltwater areas of the state shall be left unattended, as defined in R.S. 56:8(102) except such legal nets or trawls which are attached to a wharf at a camp and which are tagged with a department tag issued in conjunction with the gear being used.

During the open shrimping seasons, trawls 25 feet and less may be used for recreational purposes; recreational shrimpers using trawls 16 feet in length or less are limited to 100 pounds (heads on) of shrimp per boat per day, and recreational shrimpers using trawls exceeding 16 feet but not exceeding 25 feet in length are limited to no more than 250 pounds of (headson) shrimp per day per boat, provided the shrimp taken are used for bait or the fisherman’s own consumption and are not sold, traded or otherwise permitted to enter commerce. A recreational trawl license is required.

Proper Care for your Catch

Louisiana’s anglers are accustomed to abundant catches of bass, bream, sac-a-lait and various saltwater fish. A common problem, however, is improper handling of fish intended for the table.

Quickly ice down fish. This sounds elementary, but there are those who get swept up in the thrill of catching fish and forget this important step. Fish should be placed on ice immediately upon being caught. Be sure you have ample ice before leaving the dock.

Take full advantage of your ice. This means pouring the ice out of the bag and making sure there is a layer of ice above and below the fish.

Fish placed in an ice/water slurry chill faster than those placed on ice alone. Leave water in your ice chest as long as an adequate amount of ice stays in the water. Water temperatures will stay at or near 32 degrees Fahrenheit and help keep fish cool.

Another technique effective in keeping fish fresh on hot days or for extended periods is to gut the fish and pack the body cavities with ice. That chills the fish faster.

Caution: It is illegal to fillet saltwater finfish before returning to the dock. This means that those with camps in the marshes and swamps must keep their fish intact, though gutting is allowed. 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. Bank and surf anglers often use stringers and live baskets to hold their catch. If using a stringer, put the stringer through the jaw tissue and not the gills.

Those using baskets should be aware that overcrowded fish can easily die. Anglers with live wells on their boats also should be aware of this danger.

A bit of attention to details will ensure that fish stay fresh longer and taste better when cooked. It may take a few more minutes, but the result will be a more enjoyable and memorable trip.

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LDWF Announces Fishing Openings in Portions of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jeffserson and Plaquemines and a Closure in St. Bernard

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following openings to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes and a closure of recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of St. Bernard Parish effective immediately today, June 25.

Fishing Openings

Terrebonne Parish

The portion of inside waters near Bay Blanc north of 29 degrees 07 minutes 19 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 09 minutes 04 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 42 minutes 46 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 44 minutes 47 seconds west longitude.

Lafourche Parish

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 12 minutes 50 seconds north latitude near the southern shoreline of Little Lake west of Leeville and south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 42 seconds north latitude from the eastern shoreline of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 17 minutes 50 seconds west longitude and the western shoreline of Grand Bayou Blue.

Jefferson and Lafourche Parish

The portion of state inside waters north of  29 degrees 18 minutes 30 seconds north latitude near Bay Des Ilettes and south of 29 degrees 35 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from the eastern shoreline of the Barataria Waterway westward to 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude.

The portion of Caminada Bay and adjacent waters north of 29 degrees 16 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 18 minutes 30 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

Plaquemines Parish

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line west of the Mississippi River from 89 degrees 30 minutes 12 seconds west longitude to the western shoreline of Grand Bayou.

Fishing Closure

St. Bernard Parish Fishing Closure

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 57 minutes 29.6 seconds north latitude to the Louisiana/Mississippi territorial sea boundary from 89 degrees 15 minutes 30 seconds west longitude eastward to the Louisiana territorial sea boundary. 

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.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

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 Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov.

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Lafayette Parish Man Cited for Overlimit Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Lafayette Parish man on June 21 for allegedly taking over the limit of largemouth black bass. 

Kelly Barkley, 37, of Lafayette, was cited after fishing on Turkey Creek Lake in Franklin Parish.  Upon making contact with Barkley, agents discovered 14 bass in his ice chest. The bass were seized, photographed and donated to charity.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Leah Grover and John Hendrix.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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Crab

March 21, 2011 - The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet Thursday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows: Call to...
Feb 8, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has authorized an emergency crab trap closure over an eight day period, from 6 a.m. February 26, 2011 through 6 a.m. March 5, 2011, in a portion of Plaquemines Parish west of the Mississippi River. All crab traps must be removed from...
  Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in areas east of the Mississippi River and the northern shore of Pass a Loutre that were previously closed due to...
  Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in areas west of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River that were previously closed because of the Deepwater Horizon...
The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Agenda items will include: progress in MSC certification; impacts of...

Shrimp

Shrimp
  June 22, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season in a portion of Shrimp Management Zone 2 will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25.  This shrimp season closure includes state inside waters from the...
May 5, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011 Louisiana spring shrimp season. The opening dates were set based on recommendations made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments. The commission also granted LDWF...
May 4, 2011 – Next Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, located at 702 N River Road.  Call to Order Roll Call - Mark Schexnayder Selection of the Vice-Chairman Approval of...
Over 99 percent of state waters now opened for fishing April 11, 2011 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of commercial...
April 7, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced two shrimp seasons.  There will be a special, five-day shrimp season in a portion of inside state waters.  Additionally, there will be an opening of state outside waters...
March 28, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced that the shrimp season in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended until further notice. Current data indicates that marketable quantities of white shrimp remain in...
The fall inshore shrimp season will close in parts of Shrimp Management Zone 1 at sunset on January 29, 2011. This closure accompanies a previous closure made by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in portions of Zone 1 on December 21, 2010. Not included in the new closure are Breton...
Closure helps protect smaller shrimp so they may increase in size, value; closure previously approved at Dec. 2 Commission meeting The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close a portion of state offshore waters to shrimping at sunset today, December 21, 2010. The Wildlife...
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham has extended the fall inshore shrimp season in a portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River that was scheduled to close December 21, 2010. Biological sampling data and trip ticket reports indicate...
  Qualified Louisiana shrimp fishermen may receive up to $12,000 in cash benefits and obtain technical training under the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program. This program is designed to help shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico and South...

Concordia Parish Men Cited for Overlimit of Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Concordia Parish men for allegedly taking over the limit of bass on Turkey Creek in Franklin Parish on June 20. 

Casey W. Martin 27 and Edward R. Martin 41, both from Ferriday, were cited after being found in possession of 38 bass in their boat.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10 per person.  The bass were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, and jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.  Both subjects will also be issued civil restitution citations for the value of the fish.

Agent involved in the case was Senior Agent Lee Tarver.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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FUN Camp

 Families Understanding Nature Camp

FUN means Families Understanding Nature and offers parents and their children an opportunity to spend a weekend in the outdoors, re-establishing bonds and honing outdoor skills.

They participate in a variety of activities (shooting, fishing, canoeing, camping, and ecology) to develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors, become more comfortable in an outdoor environment and have fun. Children must be between 10 and 13 years old to attend. There are no facilities for children younger than 10 years old.

NOTE: Parents and boys will be in one barracks wing while parents and girls will be in another wing.

Families Understanding Nature Camp 2014 Schedule

Father-Child Families Understanding Nature Camp: March 18-20, 2016

Mother-Child Families Understanding Nature Camp: October 2-4, 2015

ACTIVITIES

Rifle Shooting
Firearm safety and marksmanship will be reviewed. Actual shooting of .22 caliber rifles will be conducted under an instructor's supervision. All firearms, ammunition, targets and safety equipment will be provided.

Shotgun Shooting
Firearm safety and marksmanship will be reviewed. Actual shooting of 20 gauge shotguns will be conducted under an instructor's supervision. All firearms, ammunition, targets and safety equipment will be provided.

Archery
Learn basic archery fundamentals. Practice what you have learned by shooting arrows with a bow under an instructor's supervision. All bows, arrows, targets and safety equipment provided.

Canoeing
Learn the basics of canoe handling and safety. Then take a canoe trip, and visit a real beaver dam, around beautiful Indian Creek Reservoir with one of our instructors. Canoes, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices furnished.

Fishing
The basics of fishing - rods and reels, baits, tackle and accessories will be covered. The instructor will provide tips on casting and where to find fish. There will be plenty of time to wet a hook. All the fishing gear will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Compass Reading
Learn how to use a compass and try your hand on a simple compass course. Parents and children work together to learn basic orienteering skills.

Nature Study Hike
Our instructor will lead you on a hike. You'll identify some plants and animals, collect and identify some aquatic organisms and learn how to improve your observation skills. Tips and ideas will be given on how to have a safe and enjoyable hike and some things to do on your hike.

Camping
Saturday night all participants will camp out and cook supper and breakfast. Instructors will guide you in setting up a camp, building a fire, cooking and clean up. Tents and cooking gear will be provided.

For more information on Father/Child Families Understanding Nature Camp, contact Chad Moore @ 318-371-3043 or email cmoore@wlf.la.gov  and Karen Crabtree @ 318-766-8144 or email kcrabtree@wlf.la.gov for Mother/Child Families Understanding Nature Camp or Families Understanding Nature Camp.

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

WADDILL OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

Open Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Education Center is 237 acres of hardwood bottomland that borders the Comite River. It provides teachers of all grade levels an opportunity for their students to explore and experience the natural world. Features and facilities available at Waddill include a classroom, two fishing ponds with fishing piers, picnic pavilion, trails, archery range, restrooms, and a sand bar on the river. Most of facilities are handicap accessible. If you would like to plan and schedule a field trip to Waddill, please fill out a facility request form and email it to kallen@wlf.la.gov. If there is availability, the manager will send a calendar appointment via email. If there is no availability, the manager will request new dates.

WaddillOutdoor Education Center is conveniently located in Baton Rouge on North Flannery Road. It is the perfect place to get away from it all either with family or by yourself. We offer two ponds for fishing (catch & release only), nature trails, a swamp, the Comite River, picnic facilities, and plenty of open spaces. Waddill is a little piece of wilderness in your own back yard.

EDUCATORS
Anyone who is an educator, formal or informal, will appreciate the educational opportunities at Waddill. Our large, temperature controlled education building provides room for pre and post activities and is equipped with a TV and VCR.

If you wish to use our wildlife educator to present a program to your group or would like to use the education building, we ask that you contact us for reservations by filling out the Facility Request form. No reservations are required to use our outdoor facilities, however, be aware that you may be sharing the area with other groups.

We look forward to working with you in bringing your students a greater appreciation of the environment and their role in it. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation please contact:

Karla Allen
Waddill Outdoor Education Center
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
Phone: 225-274-8192
Email: kallen@wlf.la.gov 

 

Contact
Phone: 
225-274-8192
Address: 

4142 North Flannery
Baton Rouge, LA 70814

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