Recreational Saltwater Seasons and Limits

Common Coastal Species

Cobia (Ling or Lemonfish)

cobia1

 

Size Limit:   33″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:   2 daily per person

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters

 

 

Drum

drum black   

 

Black Drum

 

Size Limit:   16″ min total length, 27″ max total length

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  5 daily per person; No more than one over 27” max total length

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters

 

 

 

drum red

 

 

Red Drum/Redfish

 

Size Limit:   16″ min total length, 27″ max total length

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  5 daily per person;  No more than one over 27” max total length

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit of red drum on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit of red drum in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period of longer than 25 hours.

  • Take or Possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

 

Southern Flounder

flounder southern

 

Size Limit:   No size limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit:   10 daily per person

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

 

Mackerel

mackeral king

 

King Mackerel

 

Size Limit:  24″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  2 daily per person

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

spanish mackerel

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

Size Limit:  12″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  15 daily per person

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Striped Mullet

mullet

 

Size Limit:  No size limit

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  100 lbs, daily

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

seatrout

Size Limit:  12″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:

  • 25 daily per person
  • 15 daily per person with no more than two over 25” in specified areas of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes (see below).

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Map of specified area with 15 daily limit.
  • Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period of longer than 25 hours.

 

 

Reef Fish

Grouper

grouper gag

 

Gag

 

Size Limit:  24” min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:

  • 2 gag within 4 grouper aggregate
  • 4 grouper daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than included in the bag limit

 

Current Season:  Open – Season runs from June 1 through December 31 of each year in State Waters.  Closed season runs from January 1 through May 31

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 – March 31 of each year. Size, bag and possession limits have been removed for rock hind, red hind, misty grouper, black sea bass, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, schoolmaster, blackline and anchor tilefish.
  • Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at 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/bag limit is zero).

 

black grouper

 

Black

 

Size Limit:   24” min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  4 daily in aggregate.

  • The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit.

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters except from Feb. 1 to March 31 of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30.  A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 – March 31 of each year.  Size, bag and possession limits have been removed for rock hind, red hind, misty grouper, black sea bass, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, schoolmaster, blackline and anchor tilefish.
  • Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules atwww.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/bag limit is zero).

 

red grouper

 

Yellowfin Grouper

 

Red and Yellowfin

 

Size Limit:  20” min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  4 daily in aggregate.

  • 4 daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters except from Feb. 1 to March 31 of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30.  A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 – March 31 of each year.  Size, bag and possession limits have been removed for rock hind, red hind, misty grouper, black sea bass, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, schoolmaster, blackline and anchor tilefish.
  • Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at 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/bag limit is zero).

 

scamp grouper

 

Scamp

 

Size Limit:   16″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  4 daily in aggregate.

  • 4 daily in aggregate. The grouper within the 4 fish aggregate are speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag and scamp.
  • No more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than 4 red grouper per person and not more than 2 gag per person included in the bag limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from January 1 through June 30.  A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 – March 31 of each year.  Size, bag and possession limits have been removed for rock hind, red hind, misty grouper, black sea bass, dog snapper, mahogany snapper, schoolmaster, blackline and anchor tilefish.
  • Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules atwww.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/bag limit is zero).

 

Goliath Grouper

 

Nassau Grouper

 

Goliath and Nassau

 

Size Limit:   Take Prohibited

 

Bag and Possession Limit: Take Prohibited

 

Current Season: Take Prohibited

 

Snapper

snapper red species

 

Red 

 

Size Limit:  16″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  2 daily, per person

 

Current Season: 

  • State and Federal waters are open for recreational anglers for 39 days between June 16 and Sept. 4 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, along with Labor Day on September 4th.

  • Here are the red snapper fishing days: June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30 - July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4.

  • There will be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out 9 miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays during this time period, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4.

  • LDWF may choose to close this season early if our self-imposed historical quota is reached.

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

  • 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/bag limit is zero).

 

snapper mutton

 

Mutton

 

Size Limit:  16″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.

  • Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane snapper.

  • 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.

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

 

snapper queen

 

Blackfin Snapper

 

Silk Snapper

 

Wenchman Snapper

 

Queen, Blackfin, Silk & Wenchman

 

Size Limit:  No Size Limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.

  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper  and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane snapper.

  • 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.

 

Current Season:  Open Year-Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

 

cubera snapper species

 

 snapper mangrove  

 

yellowtail snapper species

 

Mahogany Snapper

 

Cubera, Gray (Mangrove), Yellowtail & Mahogany

 

Size Limit:  12″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  10 daily, per person within the 10 fish snapper aggregate.

  • 10 daily, in aggregate: Species within the 10 fish aggregate are all snappers (gray snapper, mutton snapper , yellowtail snapper, cubera snapper, queen snapper, blackfin snapper, silk snapper and wenchman) except red snapper, vermilion snapper and lane snapper 

  • 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.

 

Current Season:  Open Year-Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

vermillion snapper

 

Vermilion

 

Size Limit:  10″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  10 daily, per person within 20 reef fish aggregate.

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.

  • 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.

 

Current Season:  Open Year-Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

lane snapper

 

Lane

 

Size Limit:  8″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  20 daily, per person within 20 reef fish aggregate.

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermilion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.

  • 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.

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

 

Almaco Jack

 

jack alamaco

 

Size Limit:   No size limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  20 daily, per person in 20 reef fish aggregate.

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Gray Triggerfish

grey triggerfish

 

Size Limit:   14″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  2 daily, per person in 20 reef fish aggregate.

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish.

 

Current Season: Closed in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Gray triggerfish to remain closed for all 2017.
  • There is a closed season for the harvest of gray triggerfish from June 1 through July 31.

 

Tilefish (Goldface, Blackline, Anchor and Blueline)

grey tilefish species

 

Size Limit:  No size limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  20 daily per person for all tilefish in 20 fish aggregate.

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Species within the 20 fish aggregate bag limit are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, tilefish, goldface tilefish and blueline tilefish

 

Amberjack

amberjack

 

Greater

 

Size Limit:  34″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  One daily per person

 

Current Season: Closed in Federal and State waters

 

Notes: 

  • Closed in state waters on March 30th due to quota overruns in 2016.
  • Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico are scheduled to reopen on January 1, 2018
  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • 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/bag limit is zero).

 

Banded-Rudderfish_wood

 

Lesser and Banded Rudderfish

 

Size Limit:   14″-22″ fork length slot limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit: 5 fish combined total between lesser amberjack and banded rudderfish.

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:  

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

 

Hogfish

Hogfish

 

Size Limit:  12″ min fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  5 daily per person

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Black Seabass

Black Seabass

 

Size Limit:  No size limit

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  No Bag or Possession limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Tripletail

tripletail

 

Size Limit:  18″ min total length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  5 daily per person

 

Current Season: Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Highly Migratory Species

Marlin

blue marlin species

 

Blue Marlin

 

Size Limit:  99″ min lower jaw fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  No Bag or Possession Limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • An HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • All recreational landings of marlin must be reported to NOAA Fisheries within 24 hours of landing at the dock.  Reporting can be done at https://hmspermits.noaa.gov or by calling (800) 894-5528.

 

marlin white

 

White Marlin

 

Size Limit:  66″ min lower jaw fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  No Bag or Possession Limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • An HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • All recreational landings of marlin must be reported to NOAA Fisheries within 24 hours of landing at the dock.  Reporting can be done at https://hmspermits.noaa.gov or by calling (800) 894-5528.

 

 

Swordfish

swordfish

 

Size Limit:  29” min carcass length or 33 lbs. min dressed weight

 

Bag and Possesion Limit:  Not more than 5 per vessel per trip

 

Current Season:  Open Year-Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • 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.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • All recreational landings of swordfish must be reported to NOAA Fisheries within 24 hours of landing at the dock.  Reporting can be done at https://hmspermits.noaa.gov or by calling (800) 894-5528.

 

Tuna

Tuna Bluefin

 

Bluefin Tuna

 

Size Limit:  73” min curved fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit as incidental catch during the open season

 

Current Season: Incidental trophy season is closed June 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017

 

Notes: 

  • All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing to NMFS by calling 888-872- 8862 or visitingwww.hmspermits.noaa.gov. For further information about angling category permits call the NMFS HMS Division at 888-872-8862 or 301-713-2347.
  • There is no directed or targeted recreational fishing of bluefin tuna allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Seasons subject to close at any time. Get more information HERE.
  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations for fishing or harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. For updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna retention limit adjustments, anglers may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888-872-8862. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/ library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http:// hmspermits.noaa.gov/news.asp.
  • Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

tuna bigeye

 

Bigeye Tuna

 

Size Limit:  27” min curved fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  No Bag or Possession Limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations for fishing or harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. For updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna retention limit adjustments, anglers may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888-872-8862. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/ library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http:// hmspermits.noaa.gov/news.asp.
  • Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

tuna yellowfin species

 

Yellowfin Tuna

 

Size Limit:  27” min curved fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  3 daily, per person

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes: 

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations for fishing or harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. For updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna retention limit adjustments, anglers may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888-872-8862. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/ library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http:// hmspermits.noaa.gov/news.asp.
  • Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Shark

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

 

 Bonnethead Shark

 

Atlantic Sharpnose & Bonnethead Shark

 

Size Limit:  None

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  1 daily per person in aggregate

 

Current Season: CLOSED

 

Other Sharks (EXCEPT Prohibited silky and sandbar)

 

Size Limit:  54” min fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  1 in aggregate per vessel per trip.  No silky or sandbar sharks. No prohibited species.

 

Current Season:  OPEN

 

Notes for All Shark Species: 

  • All Louisiana state waters seaward to the gulfward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of all sharks between April 1 and June 30 of each year.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Small Coastal Sharks

  • Atlantic sharpnose shark; bonnethead shark; blacknose shark; finetooth shark

 

Large Coastal Sharks

  • Blacktip shark; nurse shark; smooth hammerhead; bull shark; sandbar shark*; spinner shark; great hammerhead; scalloped hammerhead; tiger shark; lemon shark; silky shark*

 

*NOTE: Recreational harvest of sandbar and silky sharks (ridgeback sharks) is not allowed.

 

Pelagic Sharks

 

  • Blue shark; porbeagle shark; thresher shark; oceanic whitetip shark; shortfin mako NOTE: A person subject to a bag limit shall not possess at any time, regardless of the number of trips or the duration of a trip, any shark in excess of the bag limits. The practice of “finning,” that is, removing only the fins and returning the remainder of the shark to the sea, is prohibited within and without Louisiana waters. Notwithstanding other provisions of this part, a person may fish for, but not retain, white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with rod and reel only under a catch and- release program, provided the person releases and returns such fish to the sea immediately with a minimum of injury.

 

Prohibited Sharks

 

  • The following is a list of shark species that are prohibited:
  • Atlantic angel shark, sand tiger shark, dusky shark, bigeye sand tiger shark, sixgill shark, largetooth sawfish, bigeye thresher shark, smalltooth sawfish, narrowtooth shark, Caribbean reef shark, white shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, basking shark, sevengill shark, Galapagos shark, bigeye sixgill shark, smalltail shark, longfin mako, bignose shark, whale shark and night shark. No sandbar or silky sharks may be retained under a recreational bag limit.

 

Sailfish

sailfish

 

Size Limit:  63″ min lower jaw fork length

 

Bag and Possession Limit:  No Bag or Possession Limit

 

Current Season:  Open Year Round in State Waters

 

Notes:

  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • An HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • All recreational landings of sailfish must be reported to NOAA Fisheries within 24 hours of landing at the dock.  Reporting can be done at https://hmspermits.noaa.gov or by calling (800) 894-5528.