|Public Oyster Area||Season Opening (One-half hour before sunrise)||Season Closing (one-half hour after sunset)
Open areas may periodically be closed by LDH for public health concerns.
|Sack Limits (Do not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters)|
|Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO; LDH Harvest Areas 1-4)||Closed||Closed|
|Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the MRGO (LDH Harvest Areas 5-8), including Bay Gardene, Long Bay, and American Bay||Closed||Closed|
|Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation||Closed||Closed|
|Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds||Closed||Closed|
|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|
|Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation||Closed||Closed||25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day|
|Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation||Closed||Closed|
|Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds||Closed||Closed|
|Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - East Side||Closed||Closed||10 sacks of oysters per vessel per day|
|Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - West Cove||Closed||Closed||10 sacks of oysters per vessel per day|
|Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area||Closed||Closed|
Commercial and recreational oyster seasons are the same. No one may harvest oysters at night (one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise), from public oyster areas nor private leases.
LDWF manages approximately 1.7 million acres of public oyster areas in Louisiana. Every July, LDWF takes a census of the oysters found on public areas. Biologists collect and record data from hundreds of oyster samples across Louisiana’s coast. They use these data to estimate the oyster stock size and recommend when the annual season for public oyster areas should be. This season typically 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. For the most current status, see the information below.
The owner of a private oyster lease or his duly-authorized agents may fish oysters on the lease throughout the year, unless it is closed by LDH.
Current Status of Public Oyster Areas