Commercial Freshwater Size and Take Limits

Commercial fishermen must return all undersized fish to waters without injury. Any commercial species upon which there is no specified size limit may be taken in any size and quantity.

Five percent of each species of commercial fish by number may be smaller than the legal limit, EXCEPT channel catfish of which 10 percent by number may be smaller than the legal limit.

Commercial fishermen, wholesale/retail seafood dealers, retail seafood dealers, restaurants or retail grocers
shall not sell, purchase, barter, trade or exchange or attempt to sell, purchase, barter, trade or exchange undersized fish.

BLUE CATFISH (Ictalurus furcatus)
12 inches minimum total length.

BUFFALO (Ictiobus spp.)
16 inches minimum total length.

CHANNEL CATFISH (Ictalurus punctatus)
11 inches minimum total length, 8 inches collar boned.

FLATHEAD CATFISH (Pylodictis olivaris)
14 inches minimum total length.

FRESHWATER DRUM (Aplodinotus grunniens)
12 inches minimum total length.

BOWFIN (Amia calva)
22 inches minimum total length. Fishermen are prohibited, while on the water, from possessing bowfin eggs (roe) that are not naturally connected to a whole fish. The taking of bowfin with nets or bowfin body parts,December, January and February, EXCEPT in Assumption, Avoyelles, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Terrebonne, Tangipahoa and West Baton Rouge parishes and in the areas know as Bayou Courtableau, Bayou Teche, Lake Dauterive, Lake Fausse Point, Vermilion River, Carencro Bayou, Queue de Tortue Bayou, Bayou Nez Pique, Mermentau River, Bayou Lacassine, Sabine River and the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway that is bounded by the East and West levees of the Atchafalaya Basin and is south of U.S. Highway 190.

MULLET
May be taken in hoop nets in the freshwater areas of the state. Mullet taken in freshwater may not be possessed in saltwater, at night, or taken with a hoop net with leads on it.

PADDLEFISH (Polyodon spathula)
Commonly called spoonbill catfish. Taking or possession of whole or any body parts, including roe (eggs) is prohibited.

PALLID, ATLANTIC AND SHOVELNOSE STURGEON
Taking or possession of whole or any body parts, including roe is prohibited.