2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 14



GENERAL INFORMATION
SALE OF RECREATIONAL FISH PROHIBITED
All aquatic species caught must be for personal use only and are not to be sold or
used for commercial purposes. It is illegal to buy, sell or trade any game fish.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR FRESHWATER &
SALTWATER ANGLERS
Louisiana is known around the world as a premier sport fishing destination. The Office of
Fisheries uses scientific management methods to protect and enhance fish environments,
habitats and other populations of aquatic species. As an angler, the decisions you make
and your catch help us sustain the fisheries for present and future generations.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Want to check the weather and river stages before you leave on your next fishing trip? Call
the National Weather Service’s Dial A Forecast for regularly updated marine forecasts.

Shreveport 318-635-7575 or www.weather.gov/shv

Lake Charles 337-439-0000 or www.weather.gov/lch

New Orleans 504-522-7330 or www.weather.gov/lix
Also stay tuned to the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) for up to the minute broadcasts.
BEST PRACTICES FOR CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING
Proper fish handling techniques are critical for the survival of your catch.

Never play the fish to complete exhaustion.

Handle the fish as little as possible and use wet hands, a wet towel or wet gloves.

Avoid any contact with the gills.

Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. Do not let the fish flop on a deck or
beach.

If you must remove the fish from the water, keep air exposure to a minimum.

Use a landing net only when necessary. A soft knotless mesh or rubber net is less
damaging to the fish’s eyes, fins and mucus coating (slime).

Circle hooks, barbless hooks or hooks with crimped barb make removal easier.

If the hook is deeply buried, cut the line as close to the hook as possible.

Return the fish to water as quickly as possible. If it is sluggish, gently hold it and move
it forward and back to get water moving across the gills.
A fish that appears to be in poor condition probably has a low chance of survival. If legal,
consider keeping that fish for consumption.
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2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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