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Crab

Season: There is no closed season for the recreational harvest of blue crabs. However, you are required to remove your crab traps during any closures such as those for derelict crab trap cleanups. Go to the Derelict Crab Trap Removal page for more information.

 

Size and Possession Limits:

  • There is no recreational minimum size limit for blue crabs.
  • The recreational possession limit for blue crabs is 12 dozen per person per day.
  • Certain WMAs and state and federal refuges may have different possession limits. Consult your local LDWF office or see the latest recreational regulations brochure for details.
  • There is no minimum recreational size or possession limit for stone crabs or stone crab claws.
Oyster

Recreational oyster harvest for home consumption is limited to tonging or gathering by hand. A tong gear license is required.

 

Season: The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opens and closes public oyster areas based on biological and technical data. Go to the Oyster Season page for the most current information.

 

The owner of an oyster lease, or his designee with written permission, may fish oysters at any time of year on their lease.

 

Exception: The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals may close areas for public health reasons. Go to LDHH’s site for information on LDHH closed areas.

 

Size and Possession Limits:

  • All oysters taken from public oyster areas must be 3 inches or greater in length from hinge to mouth.
  • Size restrictions do not apply to oysters taken from a private lease.
  • Recreational oyster fishermen may harvest oysters from a lease only with the written permission of the leaseholder or in public oyster areas open for the harvesting of oysters. Recreational oyster harvesters are limited to two sacks per person per day for personal consumption, except in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster area where the limit is one sack per person per day.
Shrimp

Season:

  • You may not use trawls for any purpose in state waters while the shrimp season is closed.
  • Shrimp seasons are flexible and are determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission based upon biological and technical data relative to shrimp populations as well as public input. Go to the Shrimp Season page for the most current information.
  • Note: There are restricted areas within WMAs, refuges and other areas; these areas may be closed to certain gear types or methods of fishing. Check with your local LDWF office or see the latest recreational regulations brochure for details.

Size and Possession Limits:

Size Limits:

  • There is no size limit for any saltwater shrimp harvested during the spring open season nor for brown or seabob shrimp harvested during any open season.
  • White shrimp is legal size when a pound of white shrimp equals 100 whole shrimp or less. You may not harvest sub-legal white shrimp, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December. Also, when more than half of your catch is seabob or brown shrimp, no more than 10% (by weight) of your catch may be sub-legal size white shrimp.

Possession Limits:

  • Recreational fishermen using cast nets, dip nets, or bait seines may not take more than 50 pounds of shrimp per day during closed shrimp season and 100 pounds of shrimp per day during the open season, in aggregate, per boat or vehicle, regardless of the number of people onboard or in the vehicle.
  • Recreational shrimpers using trawls 16 feet in length or less are limited to 100 pounds (heads on) of shrimp per boat per day.
  • Recreational shrimpers using trawls between 16 and 25 feet in length are limited to no more than 250 pounds of (heads-on) shrimp per day per boat
  • Recreational fishermen may only use shrimp they harvest for bait or their own consumption. These shrimp may not be sold, traded, or otherwise permitted to enter commerce.
  • Certain WMAs and state and federal refuges may have different possession limits. Consult your local LDWF office or see the latest recreational regulations brochure for details.