2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 37



SALTWATER FISHING
Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes
within the federal regulatory system. See
websites referenced above for current federal
regulations. State requirements regarding
tuna regulations may also be subject to
change, please refer to the LDWF website for
current information: www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/
saltwater-seasons-limits and www.wlf.la.gov/
regulations
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BLUEFIN TUNA
All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24
hours of landing to NMFS by calling 888-8728862 or visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. For
further information about angling category
permits call the NMFS HMS Division at 888872-8862 or 301-713-2347. Federal quotas
and regulations for bluefin tuna can change
often, be aware of the most current bluefin
tuna regulations and federal seasons by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov.
GROUPER
All recreational anglers, including those not normally required to have a fishing license, and
charter captains must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess grouper (see
pages 10 & 28 for details). Anglers on a paid for-hire trip (if the licensed charter guide on board
has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit) and anglers 15 years of age or younger are not required to have the permit.
There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag from Jan. 1 through May 31 of each
year. A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth
groupers as well as scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 - March 31 of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve.
Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check
those rules at www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”
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CHARTER CAPTAIN & CREW
No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).
Charter captains must have a Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit when conducting a
for-hire trip that is in possession of any of the following species or species groups: snappers,
groupers, amberjacks, hinds, tunas, swordfish, billfish, cobia, wahoo, or dolphinfish (see pages
10 & 28 for details).
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SNAPPER
All recreational anglers, including those not normally required to have a fishing license, and
charter captains must obtain a Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper. Anglers on a paid for-hire trip and anglers 15 years of age or younger are not required to
have the permit. (see pages 10 & 28 for more details).
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RED SNAPPER
Regulations for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters may change
frequently. For current red snapper seasons, bag limits, and possession information check the
LDWF website at: www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/recreational-fishing.
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GRAY TRIGGERFISH
There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish from Jan. 1 through the
end of February and from June 1 - July 31 annually.
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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