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Major Changes for 2021

Fishing Regulations Icon Louisiana Fishing

  1. During the 2020 legislative session, Res/NR Purple Heart licenses were created (see Licensing section).
  2. Bussey Brake has been added with special fishing regulations. See Freshwater Size & Creel Limits and WMAs.
  3. Detailed information on Best Fishing Practices is now available on our website at: www.wlf.la.gov/page/best-fishing-practices. See General Information for more information.

Marine Fisheries

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

  1. During 2021, 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. The recreational minimum length limits for male shortfin mako sharks has changed to 71 inches fork length and 83 inches fork length for female shortfin mako sharks.
  4. The minimum length limit of recreationally harvested cobia has changed to 36 inches fork length.