2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 18

The saltwater-freshwater line in Louisiana extends easterly from the Texas state line all
the way to the Mississippi state line. The areas north of this saltwater-freshwater line are
deemed freshwater. The areas south of the described line, including a number of saltwater
lakes and waterways, are legally considered saltwater. Although the actual levels of salt in
the water may differ from day to day due to tides and shifts in wind and currents, in most
cases, the flora and fauna found on either side of the line differ dramatically. A detailed
description of the saltwater-freshwater line can be found below. As with any regulation issue, please contact your local LDWF Enforcement Office with any questions you may have
(see page 6).
NOTE: Persons fishing and/or possessing saltwater fish in these areas are required to have
a saltwater fishing license in addition to the basic fishing license. Persons fishing for and/or
possessing freshwater fish in saltwater areas are not required to hold a saltwater license.
The Intracoastal waterway from the TexasLouisiana boundary to its junction with
Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown, south
along Louisiana Highway 82, east to its
junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at
Forked Island, the Intracoastal Waterway
from Forked Island to Bayou Barataria to
the Harvey Canal, the Harvey Canal to the
Mississippi River, the Mississippi River to
the Industrial Canal, the Industrial Canal to
the Intracoastal Waterway, the Intracoastal
Waterway to the Rigolets in Orleans Parish
to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge,
the Louisville & Nashville Railroad right-of-
way from the Orleans Parish line to the
Mississippi state line.
Also, the areas south of the above described
line, plus the saltwater lakes known as Lake
Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake St.
Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (except that
7/10 of a mile section from Bayou Sauvage
south to the Intracoastal Waterway), the
Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac,
Intracoastal, and that portion of the
Calcasieu Ship Channel from the Intracoastal
Waterway south to the Gulf of Mexico, shall
be designated as saltwater areas.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations


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