Major Changes for 2019

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Major Changes for 2019

The New Iberia and Opelousas offices have been combined to form the Lafayette Office: 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette LA 70506; 337-262-2080.

Fishing Licenses may now be purchased online at the following link: la-web.s3licensing.com.

Freshwater Fisheries

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.

Marine Fisheries

Please refer to the LDWF website for current information: www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/recreational-fishing

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.

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.

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.

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.

The recreational bag limit for king mackerel has changed from 2 to 3 fish per person per day.

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.

  1. Red grouper daily limits have changed to no more than 2 red grouper in the 4 grouper aggregate.

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

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 accordance 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.