2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 21



FRESHWATER FISHING




Explosives
Guns
Any instrument or device capable of producing electric current to shock fish
Snagging Devices (see catfish, silver carp, and big head carp exceptions listed below)
GEAR RESTRICTIONS BY SPECIES
Some alternative methods are allowed for catching/taking specific aquatic species.
FRESHWATER GAME FISH
Game fish are defined as largemouth bass,
spotted bass, shadow bass, yellow bass,
white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass,
black crappie, white crappie, and bream
LEGAL

Bream (Lepomis spp.) may not be
taken as bait for sportfishing purposes
in any form of trap EXCEPT at Toledo
Bend Reservoir, where a minnow trap
not exceeding 24 inches in length and
having a throat no larger than 1 inch
by 3 inches may be used to take
bream for non-commercial bait purposes
NOT LEGAL

Standard Spearing Equipment used by
recreational skin divers is prohibited.

Bow and Arrow

Possession of game fish with nets or
traps including recreational hoop
nets, slat traps, pipes, buckets, drums,
tires or cans including those licensed
for recreational purposes.
CATFISH
LEGAL – snagging devices
PADDLEFISH (commonly called “spoonbill
catfish,” but are not catfish)
NOT LEGAL – snagging devices
GARFISH
LEGAL

Spears

Bows and arrows
LEGAL BAIT SPECIES
Including minnows, crawfish and shrimp
(does not include game fish)
LEGAL

Cast nets

Minnow traps

Recreational Trawls

Dip Nets (net must be on a fixed frame
no larger than 3 feet in diameter
worked exclusively by hand, by no
more than one person, without any
mechanical assistance)

Bait Seines (with a maximum mesh
size not exceeding 1/4 inch bar, 1/2
inch stretched and 30 feet in length;
must be operated solely on foot and
by hand, without any pulley, mechanical device or assistance whatsoever)
SILVER CARP & BIGHEAD CARP
LEGAL

Boats

Dip nets

Spears

Snagging
RESTRICTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS BY METHOD
DIVERS
LEGAL

Standard spearing equipment is the only legal method of take for non-game species
that can be used by a skin diver submerged in water
NOT LEGAL

The taking of gamefish with standard spearing equipment is prohibited.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS
As defined in R.S. 47:463.4(E), mobility impaired persons who are bona fide residents of
Louisiana, in possession of valid identification, and over 60 years of age may use one legal
slat trap and/or one hoop net not greater than 18 feet by 8 feet, where those gear are legal,
without a license, only for the purpose of catching catfish and only for home consumption.
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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