Fishing

Queen Snapper

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

10 daily per person in aggregate

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.

Mutton Snapper

Size Limit: 

16” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

10 daily per person in aggregate

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.

Red Snapper

Size Limit: 

16” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

2 daily per person

Two days’ bag limit allowed in possession off of the water, not while fishing or in a boat.

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Snapper, Red: A federal recreational quota for red snapper is in effect. The recreational season for harvest of red snapper is scheduled to open June 1.For red snapper season information check the LDWF website at: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/seasons and www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing

Nassau

Size Limit: 

Take Prohibited

Bag and Posession Limit: 

Take/Possession prohibited

Goliath Grouper

Size Limit: 

Take Prohibited

Bag and Posession Limit: 

Take/Possession prohibited

Scamp Grouper

Size Limit: 

16” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily in aggregate
No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw
grouper per vessel and not more than one red
grouper per person included in the bag limit.

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.

Grouper: NOTE: A closed season has been established for recreational harvest of gag, black and red grouper, effective Feb. 15 - March 14 of each year in Louisiana state waters. As of the publication date of this pamphlet, modified rules on bag limits were being considered. Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/seasons and www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/regulations. Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/ under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Yellowfin Grouper

Size Limit: 

20” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily in aggregate
No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw
grouper per vessel and not more than one red
grouper per person included in the bag limit.

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.

Grouper: NOTE: A closed season has been established for recreational harvest of gag, black and red grouper, effective Feb. 15 - March 14 of each year in Louisiana state waters. As of the publication date of this pamphlet, modified rules on bag limits were being considered. Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/seasons and www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/regulations. Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/ under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Red Grouper

Size Limit: 

20” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily in aggregate
No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw
grouper per vessel and not more than one red
grouper per person included in the bag limit.

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.

Grouper: NOTE: A closed season has been established for recreational harvest of gag, black and red grouper, effective Feb. 15 - March 14 of each year in Louisiana state waters. As of the publication date of this pamphlet, modified rules on bag limits were being considered. Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/seasons and www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/regulations. Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/ under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Gag Grouper

Size Limit: 

22” min total length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily in aggregate
No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw
grouper per vessel and not more than one red
grouper per person included in the bag limit.

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.

Grouper: NOTE: A closed season has been established for recreational harvest of gag, black and red grouper, effective Feb. 15 - March 14 of each year in Louisiana state waters. As of the publication date of this pamphlet, modified rules on bag limits were being considered. Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/seasons and www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/recreational/ saltwater/regulations. Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/ under “Fishing Regulations.”

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Swordfish

Size Limit: 

29” min carcass length or 33 lbs. min dressed weight

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 per vessel per trip

Highly Migratory Species: 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, 2010 Atlantic HMS permits will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31, 2010.

Federal regulations currently require a federal HMS angling permit for all owners/operators of recreational vessels fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 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-USATUNA (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 for highly migratory species including Atlantic billfish, swordfish, tuna and sharks (whether or not retained), must register with the NOAA Fisheries Permit Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701 or by 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 to 727-824-5398. NOTE: Federal regulations currently require registration of all fishing tournaments involving the catch and/or landing of any HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Swordfish: 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.

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