2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 8



LICENSING
Recreational fishing and hunting licenses may be purchased online at
la-web.s3licensing.com. The license can be printed using your home printer for
immediate use or saved to a mobile friendly device. Methods of payment are
Visa, MasterCard, Discover. A convenience fee is assessed. Customers wanting a
license on durable, waterproof paper can still visit any license vendors.
RECREATIONAL LICENSES
ABOUT THE LICENSE



Recreational licenses are valid from the date of purchase, are available for purchase
each June 1, and expire June 30 of the following year.
To obtain licenses at resident rates, proof of residency is required. Valid forms of I.D.
include (*NOTE: valid ID must be held for 6 months before buying license):
• Louisiana driver’s license
• Louisiana ID card (issued by the Department of Public Safety)
Recreational Licenses that are purchased at la-web.s3licensing.com via mobile device
(smart phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) will not receive a license in the mail. You will receive
an email with the attached license that can be saved and/or printed.
WHO NEEDS A LICENSE
Anglers 16 years of age or older who take or possess fish in Louisiana waters must possess a fishing license.
WHO DOES NOT NEED A LICENSE


Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license (15 and under).
Residents born before June 1, 1940 who have lived in Louisiana for six months prior to
fishing are exempt from basic and saltwater licenses but MUST have appropriate gear
licenses when using trawls, crab traps, slat traps, oyster tongs, crawfish traps, wire
nets, hoop nets or any other legal fishing gear.
FISHING IN SALTWATER
Title 56, Section 302.1.C.(1) requires that all recreational anglers fishing south of the “saltwater line” (see page 20) for saltwater species have in their possession a Louisiana saltwater angler’s license IN ADDITION TO a basic Louisiana fishing license EXCEPT those persons
otherwise exempted. All regulations apply regardless of where the fish is taken.
RECREATIONAL OFFSHORE LANDING PERMIT
Recreational anglers who are 16 years of age or older and charter captains are required to
obtain this permit (free of charge) to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, hinds, snappers, dolphinfish, wahoo and cobia. Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a
permit must register or login at rolp.wlf.la.gov. More details on this program are also available on this site. The requirement for anglers on a for-hire trip to have the permit has been
removed, instead it is required that the charter captain have a valid Charter Recreational
Offshore Landing Permit in his/her possession.
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2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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