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Major Changes for 2018

Fishing Regulations Icon Louisiana Fishing

  1. Changes are being considered to modify the largemouth bass size and creel limits on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish, to have a 10 fish daily creel limit and no minimum size limit. Please check the LDWF website for updates regarding the status of these changes.

Marine Fisheries

Please refer to the LDWF website for current information:

www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/recreational-fishing

  1. Crab Traps (These regulations became effective Nov. 15, 2017, and shall be applicable to license year 2017 and thereafter.)
    • A minimum of 3 escape rings shall be placed on the vertical outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle, with at least 2 rings located in the upper chamber of the trap.
    • Single chambered traps are required to have three escape rings flush with the trap floor.
    • Minimum ring size shall be 2 and 3/8 inches in inside diameter, not including the ring material
    • Traps placed in Lake Pontchartrain are no longer exempt from escape ring requirements
    • (NOTE: Rule making has been initiated to remove this prohibition. Please check our website for the most recent information.) During 2018, the use of crab traps will be prohibited statewide for 30 days beginning on the third Monday in February.
  2. (NOTE: Rule making has not been initiated at the state level for these changes. How­ever, these changes are undergoing the rule making process for federal waters. Please check our website for the most recent information.) Changes are being considered to modify the recreational bag limit and recreational size limit for gray triggerfish to 1 fish per person and 15 inches minimum fork length. Changes are also being considered to modify the closed season for the recreational harvest of triggerfish by adding an additional fixed closed season from Jan. 1 through the end of February along with the June 1 through July 31 of each year.
  3. (NOTE: Rule making has not been initiated at the state level for these changes. How­ever, these changes are undergoing the rule making process for federal waters. Please check our website for the most recent information.) Changes are being considered to modify the minimum size limit of mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length as well as raising the hogfish size limit from 12 to 14 inches minimum fork length.
  4. Rule making has been initiated to change the recreational bag limit for king mackerel from 2 to 3 fish per person per day. Please check the LDWF website for updates regarding the status of these changes.