2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 22



Legal Finfish Gear
Gear License Fees, Requirements & Restrictions
To use or possess commercial fishing gear, you must have a Commercial Gear License for your gear. You must also have additional special permits
to harvest some species and/or use certain gear, and there are specific requirements and restrictions for the use of some commercial fishing gear.
STATE WATERS­(FRESH AND SALTWATER)
Bow & Arrow
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident
Cans, Buckets,
Pipes, Drums
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
Cast Net
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident
Dip Net
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident
Eel Pot
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• You may only use eel pots to harvest eel. If you catch any other fish with this gear, you must immediately return it
unharmed to the water.
• Must be no longer than 48 inches and mesh must be at least 0.5 inch.
• Throats or flues must be smaller than 3 inches in diameter at the narrowest point and no larger than 5 inches in diameter
at the widest point.
• You may not connect lead or wings or use them in conjunction with an eel pot.
Flounder or
Garfish Gig
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (per gig)
Gill Net
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• Prohibited in saltwater (unless you have a special permit to use strike nets to harvest mullet or pompano).
• Net must not exceed 1,200 feet in length. Mesh must be at least 3 inches square or 6 inches stretched after treating with
tar or copper. You must attach waterproof tags with your name and license number to the cork line at the end of each
net, no more than 3 feet from the webbing edge.
Hoop Net
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number of nets)
• Mesh must be at least 1 inch square or 2 inches stretched after treating with tar or copper.
• Saltwater: you may leave hoop nets unattended if they’re attached to a wharf at an inhabitable camp and tagged with an
LDWF-issued tag. You may leave hoop nets without leads unattended only if you’re harvesting catfish. You may not have
red drum or spotted seatrout on board any vessel that’s carrying a hoop net.
• Freshwater: You may only use wings and leads in overflow regions (where the water is out of the bed of the natural
stream or lake). You must set them at least 500 feet from the bed. Wings or leads must be at least 100 feet apart. Leads
must not exceed 25 feet in length. You may not use a hoop net with leads to harvest mullet.
Minnow Trap
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• Throats or flues must not exceed 1 inch in width.
• You may only use minnow traps to harvest minnows for bait.
Mullet Strike
Net
• License fee: $250 resident, $1,000 nonresident (per net)
• You must have a Mullet Permit to use a strike net to harvest mullet (see page 24). You may only use strike nets to harvest
striped mullet; you may not harvest any other fish while harvesting mullet with a strike net (or cast net). You may not
have red drum or spotted seatrout on board any vessel that’s carrying a strike net.
• Mesh must be at least 1.75 inches square or 3.5 inches stretched, and net must not exceed 1,200 feet in length.
• You may only use one strike net from a vessel at any time. You must attach an LDWF-issued tag to the net.
• You may not anchor or secure a strike net to the water bottom or shore. You must actively work the net and may not
leave it unattended.
Pompano
Strike Net
• License fee: $250 resident, $1,000 nonresident (per net)
• You must have a Pompano Permit (captain only; no fee) to use a strike net to harvest pompano (see page 24).
• You may only use pompano strike nets from Aug. 1 - Oct. 31 of each year in waters more than 7 feet deep and beyond
2,500 feet from land within Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. You may not use them between sunset and sunrise nor on
weekends or Labor Day.
• You may not harvest any other fish while harvesting pompano with a strike net, and you may not have any other gear on
board. You may not have red drum or spotted seatrout on board any vessel that’s carrying a strike net.
• Mesh must be at least 2.5 inches square or 5 inches stretched, and net may be no longer than 2,400 feet.
• You must attach an LDWF-issued tag to the net, and your vessel must display your permit number in 8-inch high letters.
• You may not anchor or secure a strike net to the bottom. You must actively work the net and may not leave it unattended.
• You must notify LDWF before you leave port to fish under the conditions of your Pompano Permit and immediately when
you return.
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