2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 23



Purse Seine
• License fee: $505 resident, $2,020 nonresident (per seine)
• You may only use purse seines in state waters to harvest menhaden and/or herring-like species.
Rod & Reel
• License fee: $250 resident, $1,000 nonresident (any legal number)
• You must have a permit to use a rod and reel for commercial purposes. To qualify, you must have had a valid
Saltwater Gill Net License during any two years from 1993 to 1995 and provide state and federal income tax
returns (including Schedule C of the federal 1040 form) demonstrating more than 50% of your earned income
came from the capture and sale of seafood in at least two years from 1993 to 1995.
Seine
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• Prohibited in saltwater.
• Net may be no longer than 1,200 feet; mesh must be at least 2 inches square or 4 inches stretched after treating
with tar or copper.
Set Lines (trot, bush,
yo-yos, triggers, etc.)
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• Trotline hooks must be at least 24 inches apart.
Shad Gill Net
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident; one shad gill net per licensee per vessel; you may not use more than
two vessels at a time.
• Allows you to take shad and skipjack with a shad gill net in Lake Palourde, Lake Verret, Lac Des Allemands, all of the
waterways in Iberville Parish, and those portions of the parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary located between
the guide levees of the Atchafalaya Basin. You may not take shad or skipjack in streams, bayous, canals and other
waterbodies connected with these lakes.
• The shad gill net season is closed July 1 through the end of October and on all Saturdays and Sundays. During the
open season, there is no daily take or possession limit. You may only use shad gill nets to take shad or skipjack, but
you may keep up to 25 other commercial fish. All fish on board your vessel must have their heads and caudal fins
intact.
• Net may be no longer that 1,200 feet. Mesh must be at least 1-inch bar and 2 inches stretched but no more than
2-inch bar and 4 inches stretched. A 1-gallon jug painted international orange and marked, in black letters, with
the words “Shad Gill Net” and waterproof tags with your full name and license number must be attached to each
end of the net. You must place the net at least 50 feet from the tree line. You may not use the net in a manner
that restricts navigation of other vessels. Never leave your net unattended. Only strike fishing is allowed. Once you
deploy the net, it must remain stationary until you remove the fish or retrieve the net from the water.
• During the closed season, which includes Saturdays and Sundays year-round, you may use a shad gill net to take
shad for bait purposes only under the following restrictions: net must be no longer than 150 feet, you may harvest
no more than 50 pounds of shad per day, and you must attend the gill net at all times.
Shad Seine
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident; one shad seine per licensee per vessel; you may not use more than
two vessels at a time.
• You may only use a shad seine in freshwater areas of the state, except in the Pearl River and Pearl River
navigational canal and other waterbodies where seines are prohibited.
• Shad seines may be used for shad, skipjack herring and any other legal-sized freshwater commercial fish. All fish
on board your vessel must have their heads and caudal fins intact. There is no daily take or possession limit for
commercial harvest of shad and skipjack taken by properly licensed shad seine commercial fishermen.
• Net may be no longer that 1,200 feet. Mesh must be at least 1-inch bar and 2 inches stretched but no more than
2-inch bar and 4 inches stretched. No monofilament mesh.
• A 1-gallon jug painted international orange and marked, in black letters, with the words “Shad Seine” and
waterproof tags with your full name and license number must be attached to each end of the net.
• You may not use the net in a manner that restricts navigation or other vessels or interferes with commercial
shipping. Never leave your net unattended. Only strike fishing is allowed.
Slat Trap





Spear Gun
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (per spear gun)
Trammel Net
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
• Prohibited in saltwater.
• Net must not exceed 1,200 feet. 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.
Trawl
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (per trawl)
• You may only use trawls in waters where and when shrimp season is open.
Trotline
• License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident
• Line must not be longer than 440 yards.
• Hooks must be at least 24 inches apart.
License fee: $25 resident, $100 nonresident (any legal number)
May only be used to capture catfish.
At least one pair of slats must be at least 1 inch apart from each other on at least three sides of the trap.
Trap must be less than 6 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter or width.
Trap must have one or more cone-shaped throats, flues or entrances.
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