2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 19



FRESHWATER FISHING
No fish of any species from outside of the state of Louisiana shall be liberated within the state except upon written permission of the
Secretary of LDWF.
FRESHWATER FISHING IN LOUISIANA
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
All anglers fishing in freshwater must possess a valid Basic Fishing License.
A Basic Fishing License is also required to use the following gear:

Bow and arrow

Barbed or barbless spear

Frog gig/catcher

Scuba gear

Hook and Line

Cast net (radius not to exceed 8 feet, 6 inches)
All applicable licenses must be in possession of the fisherman.
FRESHWATER SPECIES YOU CANNOT HARVEST
The federally listed threatened and endangered, or prohibited species listed below are off
limits for recreational take. Civil and criminal penalties may apply for taking the following
aquatic species.

Louisiana pearlshell mussel (Margaritifera hembeli)

Inflated heelsplitter mussel (Potamilus inflatus)

Fat pocketbook mussel (Potamilus capax)

Pink mucket mussel (Lampsilis abrupta)

Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi)

Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)

Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus)

Rabbitsfoot Mussel (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)
PROHIBITED FRESHWATER FISH
It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to possess, sell, or transport any of the
following species of fish into Louisiana without first obtaining the written permission of the
secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

All species of tilapia

Carp (except koi, common carp and goldfish)

Freshwater electric eel

Rudd

All members of the families of Asian swamp eels, snakeheads, walking catfishes, and
pencil catfishes
Exotic species of Asian carp (silver, bighead, black and grass) taken from state waters must
not be returned to the water and may not be possessed alive.
No person shall have in possession or sell in this state a piranha or Rio Grande cichlid. If an
angler catches a Rio Grande cichlid using legal methods, the fish shall not be returned to
the water or kept alive while in the possession of the angler.
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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