2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 42



OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
RECREATIONAL OYSTERING
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
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Basic Fishing License
Saltwater Fishing License
A Recreational Tonging License is required for each tong in use.
A Senior Fishing License is required of residents who turned 60 years of age on or
after June 1, 2000, to take oysters.
METHODS OF TAKE
Recreational oyster harvest for home
consumption is limited to tonging or gathering by hand.
RESTRICTIONS ON METHODS OF TAKE

Recreational oyster harvest is
allowed only from public oyster
areas open for the harvesting of oysters or from private leases on which
the fisherman is authorized to take
oysters. Recreational oyster fishermen may harvest oysters from a private lease only with the written permission of the leaseholder. At no
time will the act of harvesting oysters be permitted in areas closed to


oyster harvest. The culling of oysters
(the act of separating undersized oysters or dead shell and returning to the
water), must occur over the reefs where
harvest occurred.
The harvest or take of oysters during the
period of one-half hour after sunset
until one-half hour before sunrise is
prohibited.
Oysters taken from the reefs of Louisiana
either for sale or consumption must be
landed in Louisiana, except with a valid
out-of-state oyster-landing permit and
with the fisherman being in compliance
with all other rules and regulations.
SEASONS
The LWFC determines the public oyster areas to be opened for oyster fishing by opening and
closing the seasons as biological and technical data indicates. The owner of an oyster lease
or his designee, with written permission, may fish oysters at any time of year on their lease.
EXCEPTION: Public oyster areas opened by the LWFC and private leases may, however, be
closed by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for public health reasons. Information
on LDH closed areas is available at ldh.la.gov.
SIZE AND POSSESSION LIMITS



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All oysters taken from public oyster areas must be 3 inches or greater in length from
hinge to mouth. Size limits do not apply to oysters taken from private leases.
Recreational oyster harvesters are limited to two sacks per person per day for personal consumption, except in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster area where the limit is
set at one sack per person per day.
Possession limits apply to oysters taken from a private lease.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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