Louisiana fishing guide

Welcome to your key source for all fishing-related information in Louisiana. Discover not only the prime fishing spots but also learn about the diverse species inhabiting these waters. Stay informed about the latest fishing regulations and licensing requirements for fishing in Louisiana

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Licenses for fishing in Louisiana

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, and to purchase a license, you can visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

License/Permit Type Resident, Military, and Student Fee Nonresident Fee Nonresident Native 10-Day Nonresident 5-Day
Basic Fishing (Freshwater Gear) $17.00 $68.00 $17.00 $30.00
Saltwater License (Requires Basic Fishing) $15.00 $60.00 $15.00 $30.00
Hook and Line $5.00 - $5.00 -
Charter Passenger Saltwater License (3-day) $20.00 $20.00 - -
Charter Passenger Freshwater License (3-day) $10.00 $10.00 - -
LA Sportsman’s Paradise License $100.00 $400.00 $100.00 $120.00
Senior Hunt/Fish (born before June 1, 1940) FREE - - -
Senior Fish/Hunt (born between June 1, 1940 and May 31, 1962) $5.00 - - -
Disabled/Special Needs Hunting/Fish $4.00 - - -
Disabled Veterans No cost - - -
Offshore Landing Permit Free - - -
WMA Access Annual Permit $20.00/year - - -
WMA Access 5-Day Permit $5.00 - - -
WMA Camping Permit $7.00/day - - -


  • This table covers various types of recreational fishing licenses and permits.
  • Licenses and permits are valid for one year from the day of purchase.
  • Some licenses and permits have specific requirements or are available only to certain groups, like seniors, military personnel, students, and disabled veterans.
  • "Free" and "No cost" indicate that the license or permit is available at no charge for qualifying individuals.

Fishing Regulations in Louisiana

Prohibited Gear and Fishing Methods
  • Poisons, explosives, guns, and electric shocking devices are illegal for fishing.
  • Spears and barbed gigs are generally prohibited, with some species-specific exceptions.
  • Use of aircraft for fishing assistance is not allowed, except for menhaden and herring-like fish.
  • Snagging devices are prohibited, with exceptions for certain species like catfish.
  • Standard spearing equipment is not allowed for freshwater game fish.
Catch Limits
  • Black drum: 16-27 inches total length, with a daily limit of five per person.
  • Red drum: 16-27 inches total length, with a daily limit of five per person.
  • Spotted seatrout: 13-20 inches total length, with a daily limit of 15 fish per person.
  • Cobia: Minimum 36 inches fork length, one per person per day limit.
  • Sheepshead: No size or bag limit.
  • Sharks: Closed season from April 1 to June 30 in state waters.
Restrictions on Access to Water Bodies
  • Fishing in designated derelict crab trap cleanup areas is prohibited.
  • Certain areas may have restrictions due to conservation or safety reasons.
  • Access to wildlife management areas, refuges, and conservation areas may require permits.
  • Some water bodies may have specific access restrictions, particularly during certain seasons or for specific species.
  • Private water bodies require landowner permission for fishing.
Zones of Special Regulation
  • Special regulations for certain species in specific areas, such as size and bag limits.
  • Designated artificial reef areas may have specific fishing regulations.
  • Conservation areas may have unique regulations to protect wildlife and habitat.
  • Regulations may differ in federal waters off Louisiana’s coast.
  • Fishing in certain zones may require additional permits or adhere to different rules.
Protection of Rare Species
  • Specific regulations are in place for endangered or threatened species.
  • Harvesting of some species may be restricted or prohibited to ensure their protection.
  • Fishing in habitats of rare species may have additional restrictions.
  • Special care must be taken to avoid impacting rare species while fishing.
  • Areas known to house rare species may be off-limits or have special rules.
Seasonal Restrictions
  • Certain fish species may have closed seasons to protect them during spawning or other critical periods.
  • Sharks have a closed season from April 1 to June 30 in Louisiana state waters.
  • Seasonal restrictions may apply to specific water bodies or regions within Louisiana.
  • Regulations may change annually, so it's important to stay informed about the current year's rules.
  • Some species may have specific open seasons based on conservation needs.

Most popular cities for fishing in Louisiana

The largest and most popular fishing cities in Louisiana. Cities in Louisiana include information on fishing, as well as a map with fishing spots. Explore the cities to know what fish are caught and in which bodies of water.