Recreational Fishing Licenses and Permits

117 07/07/2022

If you’re age 16 or older, you must have a Basic Fishing License to fish recreationally in Louisiana waters. If you’re fishing south of the saltwater line*, you must also have a Saltwater License (unless you are fishing south of the saltwater line and targeting and possessing freshwater fish only, then you only need to possess a freshwater license). Please note that if you’re fishing with a cane pole, you just need a Hook and Line License; no other license is required.

*State law has designated a saltwater line across south Louisiana; this line divides fresh and saltwater areas of the state. Louisiana has many areas where you can catch fresh and saltwater species side by side. Instead of trying to determine exactly where the saltwater line is, the best practice is to purchase the additional saltwater license if you’re fishing anywhere in south Louisiana and plan to catch any saltwater species.

Recreational Fishing Licenses and Permits

You also need licenses or permits for certain types of gear or activities.

Licenses are available at special rates forseniors, military, students, and people with disabilities. Lifetime licenses are also available.

You are not required to have Basic or Saltwater Fishing licenses if you are:

If you meet one of the above criteria, you must still have proof of age in your possession whenever fishing. In addition, residents born before June 1, 1940, must have appropriate gear licenses when using any legal fishing gear.

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