2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 48



WMAs, REFUGES & FEDERAL LANDS
FISHING REGULATIONS ON WILDLIFE
MANAGEMENT AREAS, REFUGES & FEDERAL
LANDS
Wildlife management areas (WMAs), refuges and certain federal lands may have special
fishing seasons and bag and possession limits, size limits or closures that differ from general regulations.
REQUIRED LICENSES
A Wild Louisiana Stamp, hunting license or fishing license, depending on activities in which
an individual is engaged, is required for use of department-administered lands, including
wildlife refuges, WMAs and habitat conservation areas. Persons under 16 years of age and
over 60 years of age or older are exempt from this requirement. Persons attending official
functions of private, non-profit and charitable organizations recognized as tax-exempt
under the provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code shall also be exempted from this
requirement.
GENERAL INFORMATION
The operation of boats with internal combustion engines within designated limited
access areas (LAAs), on some WMAs is
restricted during specified times of the
year. Limited access areas exist within the
Atchafalaya Delta, Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills,
Joyce (year-round), Manchac, Pass-aLoutre, Pointe-aux-Chenes and Russell Sage
WMAs. Refer to LDWF Hunting Regulations
pamphlet for details specific to each WMA.
LAAs are posted with signage at access
points around the perimeter. Any vessel
with a movable outdrive system may enter
an LAA as long as the boat’s internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the
water in an inoperable position. Vessels
with fixed props must adhere to the “no
operation” rule. Trolling motors may be
used to access and navigate within an LAA
while hunting or fishing, EXCEPT on Boeuf,
Dewey W. Wills and Russell Sage WMA,
where all motorized vessels and vehicles
are prohibited.
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Additional restrictions may apply at some
WMAs. Below are specific restrictions by
WMA. For additional information, contact
your local LDWF Office.
For National Wildlife Refuges, please contact the area offices as follows:

North Louisiana Complex 318-726-4222

Central Louisiana Complex 318-253-4238

Southeast Louisiana Complex 985-882-2000

Southwest Louisiana Complex 337-598-2216
For fishing information on the Indian Bayou
Recreational Area within the Atchafalaya
Basin or the Bonne Carre Spillway contact
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 337585-0853.
For fishing information within the Catahoula
and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management
Preserves, contact Kisatchie National forest
318-473-7160.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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