2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 28



SALTWATER FISHING
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FISHING IN GULF OF MEXICO
FEDERAL WATERS
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council manages federal waters from
where the Louisiana gulfward boundary
ends and extends 200 miles seaward into
the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana recreational
and commercial anglers fishing beyond the
3 nautical-mile Louisiana gulfward boundary are in federal waters.
*NOTE: The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
Commission passed a resolution to clarify
the effects of the extension of the state
water boundary from three to nine nautical
miles for reef fish management purposes,
as established by the 2016 Consolidated
Appropriations Act. The resolution clearly
states that fishing gear used by the reef fish
fishermen in the commercial and recreational sectors will not change within these
new boundary waters. The fishermen of
Louisiana will have the benefit of Louisiana’s
reef fish management to 9 nautical miles,
but there will be no change to the method
of take or gear restrictions. Please also note
that red drum are not considered reef fish;
therefore, there is no change to regulations
impacting this species.
LDWF reminds charter fishermen with federal reef fish permits that they are only
allowed to fish these new boundary waters
when the federal recreational reef fish season is open. Federal reef fish permit regulations restrict the permit holder to the most
restrictive season.
These waters are also known as the
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Federal
fishing regulations are not always the same
as state fishing regulations. To make sure
that you are in complete compliance with
federal regulations call the Gulf Council at
888-833-1844, or e-mail gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org. Visit www.gulfcouncil.org for
information about federal fishing regulations, measurement guidelines, sanctuaries & closures and fish identification charts.
METHODS FOR FISHING OR TAKING
SALTWATER FISH
There are many ways to catch fish and other aquatic species in Louisiana’s beautiful
coastal waters. The headings below define the legal methods and illegal methods of take,
plus certain exceptions that are allowed by species, methods and locations.
Always check with an LDWF Enforcement Office if you have questions.
LEGAL METHODS
Some species of gamefish may not be taken with the gear listed below.

Hook and Line

Yo-yos or Trigger Devices

Trolling Line

Bow and Arrow

Handline

Dip Nets

Bait Casting

Fly Casting Apparatus

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 a skin diver sport fishing in saltwater or freshwater when submerged in the water)

Barbless Spear or Multi-pronged Barbed Gig (may be used in saltwater for taking
flounder ONLY)
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2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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