Oyster Season

General Season Information

Public grounds: LDWF manages approximately 1.7 million acres of public oyster areas in Louisiana. The oyster harvest season for public oyster areas generally runs from the first Wednesday following Labor Day in September through April 30 of the following year. However, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission can open and close the season when biological data indicate a need. Harvesters should review the current status of public oyster areas below for the most current oyster season information. Harvest from the public oyster areas, except those in Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes, must be from a properly licensed and permitted vessel and one that has an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) in use.

Private leases: The owner of an oyster lease or his duly-authorized agents may fish oysters on the lease at any time of year.

All areas: Taking of oysters is prohibited from one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise. Areas opened by the Commission may periodically be closed by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health reasons. Information on LDH closures can be found on the LDH website

Current Oyster Season

 

 

 


Public Oyster Area

Season Opening (one-half hour before sunrise)

Season Closure (one-half hour after sunset)

Open areas may be closed periodically by LDH for public health concerns

Sack Limits

(Does not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters)

       

Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the MS River Gulf Outlet (MRGO, LDH Harvest Areas 1 - 4)

Closed

Closed


 

 

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days

Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the MS River Gulf Outlet (MRGO, LDHH Harvest Areas 5 - 8), including Bay Gardene, Long Bay and American Bay 

Closed

Closed

 

 

 

 

 

Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days 

Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days 

Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Lake Chien and Lake Felicity  Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Deep Lake and Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days 

Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days 

Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed  Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50 sack possession limit if fishing multiple days

Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - East Side

Closed

 Closed

Daily and possession limits shall not exceed 10 sacks of oysters per vessel

Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - West Cove

Closed
 

Closed

Daily and possession limits shall not exceed 10 sacks of oysters per vessel

Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area

Closed

Closed