2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 20



FRESHWATER FISHING
DAILY BAG LIMIT
Recreational anglers must not exceed the daily bag limit for any species while on the water.
POSSESSION LIMIT
No recreational anglers can have in their possession more than twice the daily bag limit of
any species of freshwater recreational fish, EXCEPT that anglers may have up to three
times the daily bag limit of black bass (Micropterus spp.) below U.S. Highway 90 in coastal
Louisiana. Anglers may have up to 100 crappie in their possession at Toledo Bend Reservoir.
All freshwater game fish caught in any type of recreational or commercial net or trap must
be returned immediately to the water from which it was taken without injury. See tips for
safely releasing fish on page 16.
No person shall possess filleted fish while aboard a vessel in freshwater. However, for the
purpose of consumption, a person shall have no more than 2 pounds of filleted finfish per
person on board a vessel in freshwater.
METHODS FOR FISHING OR TAKING
FRESHWATER FISH
There are many ways to catch fish and other aquatic species in Louisiana’s beautiful rivers, lakes,
bayous, ponds and streams. The headings below define the legal methods and illegal methods
of take, and certain exceptions that are allowable by species, methods and locations.
Always check with an LDWF Enforcement Office if you have questions. See page 6 for contact information.
LEGAL METHODS OF TAKE





Hook and Line
Bow and Arrow
Yo-yos or Trigger Devices
Recreational Slat Traps
Recreational Crawfish Traps (must be marked with a waterproof tag, provided by the
fisherman, with the name and recreational gear license number of the fisherman legibly printed on the tag, and must have a minimum mesh size of a hexagon of 3/4 by
11/16 of 1 inch from wire to wire not including any coating on the wire)

Standard Spearing Equipment (used by recreational skin divers submerged in water
when sport fishing)

Barbed Gig (allowed in saltwater for taking flounder ONLY)

Recreational Hoop Nets*

Recreational Wire Nets*
* Allowed only in the geographical areas of the state designated as Freshwater (see map
and definition on page 20).
ILLEGAL METHODS FOR FISHING OR TAKING ALL FISH
It is unlawful to possess any of the prohibited instruments, weapons, substances or
devices described below with the intent to take fish.

Crossbows

Poisons

Spears (see garfish, silver carp and bighead carp exception listed in “Gear Restrictions
by Species” section)

Stupefying Substances or Devices
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2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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