|Species||Location||Size Limit||Bag Limit|
|Black bass (largemouth and spotted)||All state waters except the below||None||10 per day|
|Eagle Lake||16 inches minimum total length||10 per day|
|Poverty Point Reservoir||15-inch to 19-inch protected slot limit*||Eight per day, with no more than one over 19 inches total length|
|False River (Point Coupee Parish)||14 inches minimum total length||Five per day|
|John K. Kelly – Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River Parish)||14-inch to 17-inch protected slot limit*||Eight per day; no more than four over 17 inches total length|
|Caddo Lake||14-inch to 18-inch protected slot limit for largemouth bass; no size limit for spotted bass**||Eight per day; no more than four largemouth bass over 18 inches total length|
|Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Sabine River above Toledo Bend to the point at which the entire river enters Texas||14 inches minimum total length for largemouth bass; no size limit for spotted bass**||Eight per day in aggregate|
|Sabine River (from Toledo Bend Dam to I-10):||12 inches minimum total length for largemouth bass; no size limit for spotted bass**||Eight per day in aggregate|
|Sabine River south of I-10 (Louisiana waters only)||Statewide regulations apply||10 per day|
|Striped and hybrid striped bass||All state waters||None||Five per day, with no more than two over 30 inches total length|
|White bass||All state waters except the below||None||50 per day|
|Caddo Lake, Sabine River, and Toledo Bend Reservoir||None||25 per day|
|Crappie (black and white)||All state waters except the below||None||50 per day; 100 fish possession limit|
|Poverty Point, Caddo Lake, and Sabine River||None||25 per day; 50 fish possession limit|
|Toledo Bend Reservoir||None||25 per day; 100 fish possession limit|
|Eagle Lake||11 inches minimum length||30 per day; 30 fish possession limit|
|Yellow bass||All state waters except the below||None||50 per day|
|Caddo Lake, Sabine River, and Toledo Bend Reservoir||None||None|
Recreational Freshwater Finfish and Crawfish
Licenses and Permits
If you’re age 18 or older, you must have a Basic Fishing License to fish recreationally in freshwater in Louisiana. This license includes the following recreational gear:
- Bow and arrow
- Barbed or barbless spear
- Frog gig/catcher
- Scuba gear
- Hook and line
- Cast net (radius no longer than 8 feet, 6 inches)
- Yo-yos or trigger devices
- Slat traps
- Crawfish traps
- Standing spearing equipment
- Hoop nets
- Wire nets.
Combination (e.g. Senior Hunting/Fishing and Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise Licenses) and some special licenses (e.g. Lifetime Licenses) also include recreational freshwater fishing privileges.
You may not possess any of the following threatened, endangered, or prohibited species:
- Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi)
- Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)
- Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus)
You may not possess, sell, or transport into Louisiana the following species without written permission from LDWF:
- All species of tilapia
- Carp (except koi, common carp, and goldfish)*
- Freshwater electric eel
- Asian swamp eels
- Walking catfishes
- Pencil catfishes
- Rio Grande cichlid**
*If you catch any exotic species of Asian carp (silver, bighead, black, and grass) from state waters, you may not return it to the water or possess it alive.
**If you catch a Rio Grande cichlid, you may not return it to the water or possess it alive.
See the latest recreational fishing regulations for gear restrictions, which may vary by species and location.
Size and Bag/Possession Limits
Recreational fishermen may not exceed the daily bag limit for any species while on the water. Recreational fishermen may not have more than twice the daily bag limit of any species in their possession at any time. Exception: below U.S. Highway 90 in coastal Louisiana, recreational fishermen may have up to three times the daily bag limit of black bass in their possession. In Toledo Bend Reservoir, recreational fishermen may have up to 100 crappie in their possession.
*Fish falling within a protected slot limit must be immediately released.
**A spotted bass is defined as a black bass with a tooth patch on the tongue.
|Species||Location||Size Limit||Bag Limit|
|Bowfin (choupique)||All state waters||16 inches minimum length||None|
|Buffalofish (or their hybrids)||All state waters||16 inches minimum length||25 per day|
|Catfish (blue, channel, and flathead)||All state waters except the below||
||100 per day in aggregate. A fisherman may possess up to 25 undersized catfish of the three species combined.|
|Caddo Lake, Sabine River, and Toledo Bend Reservoir||
|Freshwater drum (gaspergou)||All state waters||12 inches minimum length||25 per day|
|Paddlefish||All state waters except the below||30 inches maximum lower jaw fork length||Two per day; fish must not be alive and must not be harvested by snagging|
|Boundary waters with Texas or below the saltwater line||Harvest or possession is prohibited||Harvest or possession is prohibited|
|Shad||All state waters||
|50 pounds per day|
|Sturgeon||All state waters||Harvest or possession is prohibited||Harvest or possession is prohibited|
|Other freshwater fish (all species of bream and garfish)||All state waters||
Harvesting crawfish is a popular pastime for Louisianans, especially when environmental conditions are favorable and provide an abundant supply.
Licenses and Permits
You must have a Basic Fishing License to harvest crawfish recreationally using traps.
You must have a Basic Fishing License or Hook and Line License to harvest crawfish recreationally with crawfish nets, dip nets, hand lines, or bait seines. In addition, you must have a WMA Access Permit if you’re on an LDWF WMA or refuge.
Combination (e.g. Senior Hunting/Fishing and Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise Licenses) and some special licenses (e.g. Lifetime Licenses) also include recreational crawfishing privileges.
- Legal gear: crawfish traps, crawfish nets, hoop nets, wire nets, handlines, bushlines, bait seines, dip nets, and cast nets (no longer than 8.5 feet in radius)
- Crawfish traps:
- May be prohibited on certain WMAs and refuges. See the latest recreational fishing regulations.
- Must have a minimum mesh size of a hexagon of ¾ by 11/16 inches from wire to wire, not including any coating on the wire
- Must be marked with a waterproof tag with the fisherman’s name and recreational gear license number
- No more than 35 traps per person while fishing recreationally for crawfish.
Seasons and Times
Open year-round, except on some WMAs and state and federal refuges. See the latest recreational fishing regulations.
Size and Bag Limits
|Location||Size Limit||Bag Limit|
|All state waters||None||150 pounds per day|