LA Creel

LDWF launched the Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel) to provide precise, weekly estimates of recreational fish harvests. LA Creel uses a combination of data gathered through interviews at public fishing areas and weekly phone and email surveys to produce these estimates.

The accuracy and reliability of these harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys. For example, thanks to the support of Louisiana anglers, LDWF biologists surveyed 30,330 anglers and 1,794 charter trips in 2015, counting nearly 83,500 fish. Such extensive monitoring gives managers more confidence in these data and provides a better foundation for sound, timely management of our recreational fisheries.

LA Creel replaced the federal Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), which was developed by NOAA Fisheries to collect recreational fisheries harvest data nationwide. LDWF fully implemented LA Creel on January 1, 2014 at marinas and boat launches throughout Louisiana. In January 2018, NOAA Fisheries certified LA Creel as an alternative for MRIP. LA Creel catch statistics cannot yet be used in stock assessments and management actions until they are converted into a “common currency” that makes them comparable to historical MRIP estimates. Implementation of such a conversion requires development of peer-reviewed scientifically valid methods, which is expected to take an additional six months.

Help Us Make LA Creel Even Better

We use our saltwater fishing license database to conduct email and phone surveys to supplement data collected through dockside surveys. For the email and phone surveys to be successful, we need saltwater anglers to provide accurate contact information when they get or renew their fishing licenses. Click on the image below to update your address, phone number, and/or email.

Want to Know More?

Contact Jason Adriance ( at or Nicole Smith ( for additional details on LA Creel.