Commercial Freshwater Fishing

The following table lists regulations by freshwater species. Click here for a table of regulations by waterbody. Please refer to both tables. 

BLUE CATFISH


Blue Catfish

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

12” min total length 5% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

BUFFALO

 

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

16” min total length 5% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

CHANNEL CATFISH

Channel Fish

 

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

11” min total length 10% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Flathead Catfish

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

14” min total length 5% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

FRESHWATER DRUM

Freshwater Drum

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

12” min total length 5% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

BOWFIN

Bowfin

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round except prohibited during the months of 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.

22” min total length 5% of species may be smaller than the legal limit.

 

MULLET

Mullet

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Open year round. 

May be taken in any size and quantity.
 

Mullet taken in freshwater may not be possessed in saltwater, at night, or taken with a hoop net with leads on it.

 

 

PADDLEFISH

Paddlefish

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Take Prohibited

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

 

PALLID, ATLANTIC, AND SHOVELNOSE

SEASON DATES

SIZE LIMIT NOTES

Take Prohibited

12” min total length Commonly called spoonbill catfish. Taking or possession of whole or any body parts, including roe (eggs) is prohibited.