2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 43



OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
LEASES
For information on Oyster Leases visit www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/oyster-lease-section or call
(504) 284-5279.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 220
New Orleans, LA 70122
RECREATIONAL CRABBING
REQUIRED LICENSES
1.
2.
3.
No license is required for any person using crab nets or crab lines for the purpose of
taking crabs.
Persons harvesting crabs on LDWF WMAs or refuges must possess a basic recreational fishing license or a Wild Louisiana Stamp.
A Recreational Crab Trap Gear License is required to use crab traps.* There is a limit of
10 traps per licensed fisherman. Crab traps may be prohibited on certain LDWF WMAs
and refuges. Consult fishing regulations on WMAs and refuges for more details.
*If using crab traps in the saltwater area, as defined in 56:322(A)&(B), one must also possess a saltwater license.
METHODS OF TAKE

Blue crabs or stone crabs can be
taken with any legal crab trap, crab
drop net, trawl, hoop net, trotline,
handline, bushline, dip net or cast
net.
The taking of crabs by means of
trawls in inside waters is permitted
only during the open season for
shrimp and with legal mesh sizes. For
legal mesh sizes refer to the section
about
trawls
listed
under
Recreational Shrimping.
Gear restrictions may exist within
certain wildlife management areas
(WMAs), refuges or other areas.

RESTRICTIONS ON METHODS OF TAKE

Dredges are not allowed for the
intentional taking of crabs.

No person may possess adult female
crabs in the berry stage (i.e., carrying
the eggs or young attached to the
abdomen). All crabs taken in the
berry stage by any means must be
returned immediately to the waters.

No crab traps shall be set in navigable channels or entrances to streams.
Traps must be placed so vessels can
safely navigate.





Metal tackle or metal crab traps shall
not be used in any of the public waters
north of the Intracoastal Waterway in
the Calcasieu River or in any body of
water comprising the Calcasieu River
System north of the Intracoastal Canal
or in the waters of Vermilion Bay from
Cypremort Point 1 mile offshore to
Blue Point.
Crab traps are prohibited in the
Tchefuncte River.
The use of crab traps may be prohibited for derelict crab trap removal in
2019 for portions of February and/or
March. (NOTE: Please check our website for the most recent information.)
NOTE: In September 2018, the
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
Commission adopted a Notice of
Intent that includes the prohibition of
recreational take or possession of
female blue crab beginning the second
Monday in September 2019, lasting for
35 days (Sept. 9 - Oct. 13, 2019).
Please check our website for the most
recent information.
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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