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LOUISIANA 2019 FISHING REGULATIONS
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WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION
Robert J. Samanie III, chairman Alfred R. Sunseri, vice-chairman
Chad J. Courville William D. “Bill’’ Hogan
William J. “Joe” McPherson Jerri G. Smitko
Bart R. Yakupzack
16 General Fishing Information
43 Other Recreational Activities
21 Freshwater Fishing
28 Saltwater Fishing
John Bel Edwards, Governor Jack Montoucet, Secretary
Robert E. Shadoin, Deputy Secretary Bryan McClinton, Undersecretary
Patrick Banks, Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randy Myers, Wildlife Assistant Secretary
Col. Sammy Martin, Enforcement
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
2000 Quail Drive Mailing:
P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898
For updated information and the latest regulations visit us online at
DIVISION ADMINISTRATORS Harry Blanchet, Fisheries Jason Froeba, Fisheries
Kenneth Ribbeck, Wildlife Buddy Baker, Coastal & Nongame Resources
52 WMA & Refuge Regulations
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60 Boating Safety
General Regulations...................................16 How to Measure a Fish..............................18 Saltwater/Freshwater Line.........................20
General Information...................................28 Saltwater State Creel & Size Limits.............35
Recreational Shrimping..............................43 Recreational Oystering...............................46 Recreational Crabbing................................47 Recreational Crawfishing...........................49 Reptiles & Amphibians...............................50
General Information...................................21 Freshwater State Creel & Size Limits..........25
62 Fish Consumption Advisories
To manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protec- tion, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources
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This public document was published at a total cost of $32,000.00. 200,000 copies of this public document were published in the first printing at a cost of $32,000.00. This document was published by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA to inform Louisiana residents and non-residents as to the rules and regulations governing the fishing resources of the State of Louisiana. This material was printed in accor- dance with the standards for printing by state agencies established pursuant to R.S. 43:31. Printing of this material was purchased in accordance with the provisions of Title 43 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.
MAJOR CHANGES FOR 2019
1. The black bass (largemouth bass & spotted bass) size and creel limits on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish have changed to a 10 fish daily creel limit and no minimum size limit.
Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/recreational-fishing 1. In September 2018, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice
of Intent that includes the prohibition of recreational take or possession of female blue crab beginning the second Monday in September 2019, lasting for 35 days (Sept. 9 - Oct. 13, 2019). Please check our website for the most recent information.
2. During 2019, the use of recreational crab traps will be prohibited in designated derelict crab trap cleanup areas. Please check our website for the most recent information.
3. The recreational bag limit and recreational size limit for gray triggerfish has changed to 1 fish per person within the aggregate and 15 inches minimum fork length. The closed season for the recreational harvest of triggerfish has been changed to add an additional fixed closed season from Jan. 1 through the end of February along with the June 1 - July 31 closure of each year.
4. The minimum size limit of mutton snapper has changed from 16 to 18 inches total length and the hogfish size limit has changed from 12 to 14 inches minimum fork length. The daily possession limit for mutton snapper has also changed to no more than 5 mutton in the 10 snapper aggregate limit.
5. The recreational bag limit for king mackerel has changed from 2 to 3 fish per person per day.
6. There is a new season structure for the recreational harvest of greater amberjack with fixed closed seasons from Jan. 1 - April 30, June 1 - July 31, and Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 of each year. The recreational season is open May 1-31 and again from Aug. 1 - Oct. 31 or until the quota is reached.
7. Red grouper daily limits have changed to no more than 2 red grouper in the 4 grouper aggregate.
New regulations appear in red text throughout the pamphlet.
1. The New Iberia and Opelousas offices have been combined to form the Lafayette Office: 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette LA 70506; 337-262-2080.
2. Fishing Licenses may now be purchased online at the following link: la-web.s3licensing.com.
Free Fishing Weekend JUNE 8-9 Enjoy a weekend of fishing in Louisiana without having to purchase a license. See www.wlf.la.gov for special events and more information
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DISCLAIMER This publication is not an official copy of the laws in effect and should not be utilized or relied upon as such. It does represent an attempt by the publisher to present, as a public ser- vice, a partial summary of some of the laws in effect at the time of the printing of this publica- tion. Substantive changes to the law may very well occur following the printing of this publica- tion. For these reasons, the accuracy of the information contained within this publication can- not be guaranteed and the reader is cautioned that it is his responsibility to apprise himself of the laws in effect at any given time. These laws include those contained within the Louisiana Revised Statutes, particularly Title 56, the official regulations of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, federal laws, and any local or parish ordinances. State laws can be viewed on the legislative website: www.legis.state.la.us.
Fishing regulations on state Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges may differ from those contained in this pamphlet. Consult the Wildlife Management Area and Refuge Regulations portion of this pamphlet or contact the nearest LDWF office for WMA & refuge regulations.
Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Commerce strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of federal assistance should write to: Director, Office for Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. 20240.
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LDWF ENFORCEMENT OFFICES
Alexandria 318-487-5634 Baton Rouge 225-765-2999 New Orleans 504-284-2023 Lake Charles 337-491-2580 Lafayette 337-262-2080 Minden 318-371-3049 Thibodaux 985-447-0821 Monroe 318-343-2417
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