2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 45



OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
RECREATIONAL CRAWFISHING
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
1.
2.
Basic Fishing License
A Recreational Crawfish Trap Gear License is required to use crawfish traps in public
waters.
EXCEPTIONS

A Basic Recreational Fishing License or a Wild Louisiana Stamp is required to use
crawfish nets, dip nets, hand lines, or bait seines on LDWF WMAs or refuges.

A Basic Recreational Fishing License or a gear license is not required to use crawfish
nets, dip nets, hand lines, or bait seines for taking crawfish recreationally.
METHODS OF TAKE
Crawfish may be taken with any legal crawfish trap, crawfish net, hoop net, wire net,
handline, bushline, bait seine or dip net. A
cast net must not exceed 8.5 feet in radius.
Crawfish traps may be prohibited on certain LDWF WMAs and refuges. Consult
fishing regulations on WMA’s and Refuges
for more details.
CRAWFISH TRAP
A crawfish trap is defined as any device
constructed of coated wire with the opening of the throats or flues not exceeding 2
inches, and which is used for the express
use of taking crawfish. Crawfish traps are
typically of the pillow style or cone style
with minimum mesh size no smaller than
3/4 inches by 11/16 inches. Traps must
have a minimum mesh size of a hexagon of
3/4 by 11/16 of 1 inch from wire to wire
not including any coating on the wire.
Crawfish traps must be marked with a
waterproof tag, provided by the fisherman,
with the name and recreational gear
license number of the fisherman legibly
printed on the tag.
CRAWFISH NET
A crawfish net is defined as any device constructed with vegetable or synthetic material without flues or throats attached to a
wire frame that forms a net basket and is
used for the purpose of taking crawfish.
SEASONS
There is no closed season for wild crawfish harvest EXCEPT for some wildlife management
areas and state and federal refuges (see WMAs and Refuges on page 52).
SIZE AND POSSESSION LIMITS



There is no minimum size for crawfish.
The bag and possession limit for crawfish is 150 pounds daily per person in state
waters.
No more than 35 traps may be used per person while fishing recreationally for crawfish.
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