2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 29



SALTWATER FISHING
EXCEPTIONS TO METHODS OF TAKE BY SPECIES
An alternative method is allowed for taking the aquatic species listed below. Harvest of any
other saltwater species by this method is prohibited.
RED DRUM
LEGAL

Bow and Arrows

Standard Spearing Equipment used by a skin divers submerged in water when sport
fishing
SALTWATER RESTRICTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS BY METHOD
SKIN DIVERS
With the exception of game fish, the only legal method for a skin diver to take fish is when
submerged in water using standard spearing equipment. See page 35 for a complete listing
of game fish.
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.
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

Gill Nets (freshwater and saltwater)

Spears

Poisons

Stupefying Substances or Devices

Explosives

Guns

Tree-topping Devices

Any instrument or device capable of producing electric current to shock fish

Snagging Devices
LEGAL BAIT SPECIES
INCLUDING MINNOWS, CRAWFISH AND SHRIMP (not including game fish)
LEGAL

Cast nets

Minnow traps

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 (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)

Recreational Trawls, only allowed in state waters when and where shrimp season is
open.
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