A rule adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) to assist recreational and charter fishers with bait procurement went into effect Saturday (Nov. 20), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.

The rule allows fishermen operating under the Special Bait Dealer’s Permit to use gear that is currently legal during the inshore shrimp season. Its intention is to increase the availability of live bait and was designed for the sole purpose of providing live bait to the recreational and charter fishing sectors. The rule will sunset Dec. 31, 2023 to allow LDWF staff to assess the impacts of these changes on the resource.

The LWFC adopted a notice of intent (NOI) during its June meeting to amend the requirements to the Special Bait Dealer’s Permit. Following a period of public comment and review by the Legislative Oversight Committees, it is now in effect.

The requirements for the permit are as follows:

To view the rule printed in the Louisiana Register, visit: https://www.doa.la.gov/media/2orlea3o/2111.pdf.

For more information on this rule, please contact Peyton Cagle at 337-491-2575 or via e-mail at pcagle@wlf.la.gov.