2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 35



SALTWATER FISHING
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CHARTER VESSELS & HEADBOATS
Two-day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if
the vessels have two licensed operators, as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than
12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying
the length of the trip.
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SPOTTED SEATROUT (SPECKLED TROUT)
12-inch minimum total length, 25 fish per
person daily bag limit. EXCEPT: 15 fish daily
bag and possession limit, with no more than
two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches
total length, regardless of where taken in a
defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu parishes located in southwestern Louisiana. The
defined area, including coastal territorial
waters, is as follows: south of Interstate 10
from its junction at the Texas-Louisiana
boundary eastward to its junction with
Louisiana Highway 171, south to Highway 14,
south to Holmwood, and then south on
Highway 27 through Gibbstown, south to
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HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES
An HMS Permit is required for all owners/
operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated
species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and
sharks. The Atlantic HMS Permits will be valid
from the date of issuance through Dec. 31,
2019. The permit fee is $20. NOTE: This permit requires the reporting of all recreationally caught swordfish, billfish, and bluefin
tuna within 24 hours of landing that species,
please see hmspermits.noaa.gov/catchReports for more details.
An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is
required for all charter or headboat fishing for
and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in
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Louisiana Highway 82 at Creole and south on
Highway 82 to Oak Grove, then due south to
the western shore of the Mermentau River,
following this shoreline south to the junction
with the Gulf of Mexico, and then due south
to the limit of the state territorial sea. Under
the authority of the provisions of R. S.
56:325.1(A), the daily bag and possession
limit shall be 15 fish, regardless of where
taken, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length. Those
spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches in
length shall be considered as part of the daily
recreational bag and possession limit.
federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The HMS
Charter/Headboat Permit will be valid from
the date of issuance through Dec. 31, 2019.
The permit fee is $20.
For information about contact the National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Permitting
Office at 1-888-872-8862 or 727-824-5399 or
visit the NMFS Permit Shop at hmspermits.
noaa.gov. For complete HMS regulations,
contact the HMS Management Division at
301-713-2347 or visit the website at www.
nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. See page 28 for a
complete listing of Highly Migratory Species
contact information.
MARLIN AND SAILFISH
All recreational anglers, including those not normally required to have a fishing license (except
anglers 15 years of age or under), and charter captains must obtain a Recreational Offshore
Landing Permit to possess billfish (see pages 10 & 28 for more details).
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SHARKS
CLOSED SEASON
All Louisiana state waters seaward to the gulfward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea
shall be closed to the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of all sharks
between April 1 and June 30 of each year.
SMALL COASTAL SHARKS
Atlantic sharpnose shark; bonnethead shark;
blacknose shark; finetooth shark
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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