Major Changes for 2020

Fishing Regulations Icon Louisiana Fishing

  1. Effective Aug. 1, 2019, a Louisiana Resident who was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, for the purposes of purchasing a fishing/hunting license will be considered a bona fide resident of Louisiana once he/she possess a Louisiana driver’s license, or, if not licensed to drive, is in possession of a special identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections under the provisions of R.S. 40:1321
  2. The public operation of water control structures on WMAs is prohibited.
  3. It is required that all WMA users utilize a WMA Self Clearing Permit for ALL activities.
  4. ALL nighttime activities on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA are prohibited.
  5. Commercial fishing in Wonder Lake on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is prohibited.
  6. No drop nets left unattended at any time on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
  7. A maximum of 12 drop nets may be possessed/attended per boat or vehicle on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.

Marine Fisheries

Please refer to the LDWF website for current information:


  1. During 2020, 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.
  2. During the 2019 legislative session, language was amended regarding the placement of escape rings in crab traps.
  3. In September 2019, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission promulgated a Notice of Intent to consider modifying the recreational minimum length limits for male shortfin mako sharks to 71 inches fork length and 83 inches fork length for female shortfin mako sharks. Please check current regulations prior to harvesting mako sharks.
  4. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council is considering changes that would increase the minimum length limit of recreationally harvested cobia to 36 inches fork length in federal waters. Please check www.gulfcouncil.org for the most current regulations.