Louisiana offers some of the top inshore and offshore saltwater fishing in the world. Read on for more information on special licenses and permits you need to fish recreationally in saltwater in Louisiana as well as the latest seasons and limits, gear restrictions and requirements, and prohibited species.
Freshwater Finfish and Crawfish
Louisiana’s lakes, ponds, rivers, reservoirs, creeks, and bayous provide an abundance of freshwater fishing opportunties; harvesting crawfish is a popular pastime for Louisianans as well. Stay up to date on the licenses and permits you need to harvest freshwater finfish and crawfish recreationally as well as prohibited species, gear restrictions, seasons, and limits.
Crab, Oyster, and Shrimp
Find out all you need to know to legally harvest crab, oyster, and shrimp as a recreational fisherman in Louisiana, from licenses and permits to gear, seasons, areas, and limits.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Be aware of the license requirements for collecting reptiles and amphibians recreationally in Louisiana as well as harvest restrictions, especially for prohibited species.
Saltwater Recreational Catch/LA Creel
LA Creel is LDWF’s recreational saltwater landings data collection program. LA Creel uses a combination of data collected dockside and through phone and email surveys to estimate recreational saltwater fish harvests. LDWF relies on this information to manage the state's valuable recreational fishery resources.
Louisiana Catch and Cook
Louisiana Catch and Cook provides fishermen and alligator hunters the opportunity to enjoy dining on their own catch-of-the-day prepared by a professional chef only hours after coming off the water. Any retail food establishment wishing to participate in the program can apply for a free permit issued by LDWF; rules and regulations, penalties, terms, conditions and requirements apply.