2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 44


A crab trap is a cube-shaped device,
constructed of wire, no larger than
30 inches on any side, and with
either a bait box or materials providing cover or shelter for peeler crabs.
The entrance funnels must extend
no further than 7 inches into the
inside of the trap, with the openings
to the entrance funnels on the vertical wall of the trap such that the
horizontal diameter of each opening
is at least one and one-half times the
vertical diameter of the opening.
Certain traps advertised by retail outlets as crab/fish/crawfish traps may not
be legal. If unsure that the trap you
purchased or plan to use is legal, please
consult your local Enforcement Agent.
The baiting, tending, checking or
removing of serviceable crab traps in
use, the contents of such crab traps
or their lines, buoys or markers is
prohibited in public waters from
one-half hour after legal sunset until
one-half hour before legal sunrise.
Crab traps that are no longer serviceable or no longer in use must be
removed by the owner and properly
disposed of or stored.
No person other than the licensee or
his agent shall intentionally damage
or destroy serviceable crab traps or
the floats or lines to which they are
attached, nor shall they remove the
contents thereof.
Each crab trap shall be marked with
a 2-inch stainless steel self-locking
tag attached to the center of the trap
ceiling. Tags shall be supplied by the
fishermen and shall have the recreational crab trap gear license number printed thereon. Crabbers are
allowed to use a durable plastic bait
box marker as an alternate means of
tagging crab taps. Crab traps may be
attached to a trotline to which at
least one end is attached to a non-

floating line and a visible float of at least
6 inches in diameter or 2-gallon volume
size. Crab traps located in areas designated as freshwater north of the northern bank of the Intracoastal Waterway
and west of Louisiana Hwy 70 and those
areas located on the eastern side of the
Mississippi River and inland from the
saltwater line are not required to be
marked with a float and float line, unless
the trap is placed in a lake. Each crab
trap on a trotline shall be registered
with LDWF and shall have attached to it
a tag bearing the crab fisherman’s
license number. This is the LDWF number located at the top of your license.
All crab traps are required to be marked
with a solid float at least 6 inches in
diameter. The float must be attached to
the trap with a non-floating line at least
1/4 inch in diameter. West of Louisiana
Hwy 70, there is no mark required.
Each trap shall have a minimum of three
escape rings. All escape rings shall be
placed on the vertical, outside walls flush
with the trap floor or baffle with at least
two rings located in the upper chamber
of each trap (NOTE: Escape rings on the
floor must be flush with the floor and
escape rings in the upper chamber must
be flush with the baffle). Single chambered traps are required to have three
rings placed on the vertical, outside walls
flush with the trap floor. The minimum
sizes of rings shall be 2 and 3/8 inches in
inside diameter, not including the ring
material. Rings shall be rigid and attached
to the trap with material of a smaller
diameter than the wire strands of the
trap. Escape ring openings may be
obstructed with material that prevents
or hampers exit of crabs from April 1 June 30 and from Sept. 1 - Oct. 31. Any
crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and
5/16 square or greater is exempt from
escape ring requirements.

There is no minimum recreational size limit for blue crabs. The limit is 12 dozen per
person, daily and in possession.
Certain WMAs and state and federal refuges may have different possession limits.
Consult a local LDWF or Enforcement Office for specifics (see WMA and Refuge
Regulations on page 52).
There is no minimum recreational size limit for stone crabs or stone crab claws.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations


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