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Licenses & Fees

(License year June 1 - June 30 of the following year)

Recreational Fishing Fees

Resident Non-Resident
Basic Fishing Season $9.50 $60.00
Saltwater License
(Basic Fishing required)
$13.00 $30.00
Basic Fish Trip - 1 day $5.00
Saltwater Trip - 1 day
Hook and Line (cane pole) $2.50
Charter Passenger License (3-day)1 $10.00 $10.00
Charter Skiff (3-day)2
LA Sportsman's Paradise License3 $100.00
Senior Fish/Hunt4 (60 years and older) $5.00
Non-Resident Student Basic Fishing5
NR Student Saltwater Fishing
(Basic Fishing required)5

Resident Disabled Basic Fishing6 $2.50
Resident Disabled Saltwater6 $2.50
Offshore Landing Permit7 Free Free

Military Recreational Fishing Fees

Resident Non-Resident
Active Military Basic Fishing $9.50 $9.50
Active Military Saltwater $5.50 $5.50
Resident LA National Guard Fish/Hunt $50.00
Resident/Native Retired Military Hunt/Fish $5.00
Resident Surviving Spouse Killed in Action Fish $2.50
Purple Heart Basic Fishing $9.50 $9.50
Purple Heart Saltwater $13.00 $13.00

Fishing Gear8

Crab Traps (limit 10) $15.00 $60.00
Slat Traps (limit 5) $20.00 $80.00
Trawls - up to 16 feet $25.00 $100.00
Trawls - 16 feet to 25 feet $80.00 $320.00
Oyster Tong (per tong) $5.00 $20.00
Crawfish Traps (limit 35) $15.00 $60.00
Pipes/Drums (limit 5) $10.00 $40.00
Cans/Buckets (limit 5) $10.00 $40.00
Wire Nets (limit 5)9 $20.00 $80.00
Hoop Nets (limit 5)9 $20.00 $80.00

Lifetime License Fees

Lifetime Fishing (5-13 years old) $200
Lifetime Fishing (14 years and older) $300
Lifetime Hunt/Fish (0-4 years old) $200
Lifetime Hunt/Fish (5-13 years old) $300
Lifetime Hunt/Fish (14 years and older) $500
NR Lifetime Hunt/Fish $3,000
Lifetime Resident Senior Hunt/Fish
(60 or older)
Lifetime Fishing Gear 10 times
annual fee per gear type

1 Valid to fish from a charter vessel in saltwater areas of the state, with a licensed guide on board at all times.

2 Valid to fish under the direction of a charter operation in a licensed charter skiff in saltwater areas of the state.

3 Sportsman’s Paradise License: Includes Basic and Saltwater Fishing, Basic and Big Game Hunting, Bow, Primitive Firearms, Turkey, LA Duck and WMA Hunting Permit, and all recreational gear licenses (EXCEPT recreational trawls greater than 16 feet in length).

4 Senior Fish/Hunt License: Any resident who reached age 60 on June 1, 2000 or later must obtain a Senior Hunt/Fish License to hunt or fish. This license is in lieu of basic and saltwater fishing, basic hunting, big game, bow, primitive firearms, LA duck license, turkey stamp and WMA hunting permit. It does not include special gear such as trawls, crab traps, crawfish traps, hoop nets, etc.

5 NR Student: Applies to a nonresident who is enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university or high school that has a physical campus in Louisiana. Verification of full-time status on the Department form available at Any person fishing under a “student license” must carry valid student I.D. card indicating current full time status while hunting or fishing.

6 LA Disabled Fishing and Saltwater: See below.

7 Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP): See below.

8 Purple Heart Recipient Fishing Gear Fees: Act 411 of the 2020 Regular Legislative session created gear licenses for Purple Heart recipients. Any person, whether a resident or non-resident, who has been awarded a Purple Heart shall be issued gear licenses at the resident rate.

9 Recreational wire and hoop nets shall be used only in the geographical areas of the state designated as freshwater (see General Information).