2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 31



FRESHWATER SPECIES (cont.)
Species
Size Limit
Harvest Limit
Season/Times
Other
Bowfin
22 in. min.
total length
5% may be
smaller than
the legal limit
Closed December through February, except in Assumption,
Avoyelles, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Terrebonne, Tangipahoa and
West Baton Rouge parishes, and in the areas known as Bayou
Courtableau, Bayou Teche, Lake Dauterive, Lake Fausse Point,
Vermilion River, Carencro Bayou, Queue de Tortue Bayou, Bayou
Nez Pique, Mermentau River, Bayou Lacassine, Sabine River and the
Atchafalaya Basin Floodway that is bounded by the east and west
levees of the Atchafalaya Basin and is south of U.S. Highway 190.
Asian/Grass,
Silver, Bighead
and Black Carp
None
None
None
Fish harvested may
only be possessed
and sold dead.
CRAWFISH
Contact: Ricky Moses, 225-765-2331, rmoses@wlf.la.gov
Gear License Fees, Requirements & Restrictions
You may use approved crawfish traps to harvest wild crawfish in Louisiana’s waters. Trap mesh must be a hexagon of 3/4-inch by 11/16-inch or
larger, measured from wire to wire, not including any coating on the wire. The openings of trap flues and throats must not exceed 2 inches. These
requirements allow small crawfish to escape the trap - small crawfish have little market value and are important to the population for breeding.
To use or possess crawfish traps, you must have a Commercial Gear License for any legal number of traps. A Commercial Gear License for crawfish
traps costs $25 for residents and $100 for nonresidents.
Seasons & Size/Possession Limits
There are no limits on season, size or possession for commercial crawfish harvests EXCEPT as otherwise specified on WMAs where commercial
crawfishing may be allowed. Harvest controls are not necessary as crawfish populations are productive, resilient and influenced by environmental
conditions, rather than fishing.
WMAs & Refuges
Commercial fishing is permitted in:




Fort Polk (see fishing regulations posted at specific lakes).
Grassy Lake*, except in Smith Bay, Red River Bay and Grassy Lake
on Saturday and Sunday and during waterfowl season.
Pomme de Terre*, except on weekends and during duck season.
Richard K. Yancey, except during regular waterfowl season in
Grand Bay, Silver Lake and Lower Sunk Lake.

Spring Bayou* (Monday through Friday and after 2 pm during
waterfowl season).
*You must have a permit to fish Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre and Spring
Bayou WMAs. Permits are available from Spring Bayou Headquarters
or the Lafayette Field Office at 337.262.2080.
Commercial fishing is prohibited in Russell Sage WMA.
Labeling
No product labeled “crawfish” may be sold in Louisiana unless it consists of, or is derived from, the red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii), the
white river crawfish (Procambarus zonangulus) or Louisiana pond-raised crawfish.
No owner or manager of a restaurant that sells imported crawfish shall misrepresent to the public, either verbally, on a menu or on signs displayed
on the premises, that the crawfish is domestic.
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