Louisiana Saltwater Fishing Limits

Recreational Size and Creel Limits for Louisiana State Waters
 

Louisiana recreational and commercials anglers fishing offshore beyond the Louisiana boundary are in federal waters and are subject to rules and regulations that may differ from those in state waters. To ensure you are in compliance with federal regulations, you should contact the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at (813)-348-1630, toll free 1-888-833-1844 N, Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. For an informational pamphlet, email: gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org​; website: www.gulfcouncil.org. All persons possessing fish in Louisiana waters must be in possession of applicable basic or saltwater license. 

Fishing Size and Limits are subject to change, contact your local wildlife and fisheries enforcement agent  for specific information: Baton Rouge (225)-765-2999, Lake Charles (337)-491-2580, Slidell/New Orleans (504)-284-2023, New Iberia (337)-373-0032.

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Sheepshead
Sheepshead

Size Limit: 10" Min FL Daily Creel Limit: None

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Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)
Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

Size Limit: 12" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 25 per person EXCEPT: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in Southwestern Louisiana

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Red Drum (Bull Red)
Red Drum (Bull Red)

Size Limit: 16" Min. - 27" Max. TL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per person - 1 oversized fish allowed in the 5 fish creel limit.

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Cobia (Ling)
Cobia (Ling)

Size Limit: 33" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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King Mackerel
King Mackerel

Size Limit: 24" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel

Size Limit: 12 inch FL Daily Creel Limit: 15 per person

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Florida Pompano
Florida Pompano

Size Limit: 12" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 3 per person

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Gag Grouper *** (#)
Gag Grouper *** (#)

Size Limit: 22" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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Red Grouper *** (#)
Red Grouper *** (#)

Size Limit: 20" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person

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Yellowfin Grouper ***
Yellowfin Grouper ***

Size Limit: 20" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per person

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Scamp *** (#)
Scamp *** (#)

Size Limit: 16" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per person

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Greater Amberjack (#)
Greater Amberjack (#)

Size Limit: 30" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person

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Striped Bass ****
Striped Bass ****

Size Limit: 16" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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Gray Triggerfish ****
Gray Triggerfish ****

Size Limit: 14" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person

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Flounder
Flounder

Size Limit: Daily Creel Limit: 10 per person

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Tripletail (Blackfish)
Tripletail (Blackfish)

Size Limit: 18" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 3 per person

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Lesser Amberjack *****
Lesser Amberjack *****

Size Limit: 14"-22" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per day Fish Aggregate

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Banded Rudderfish *****
Banded Rudderfish *****

Size Limit: 14"-22" Min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 5 per day Fish Aggregate

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Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna

Size Limit: 27" Min. CFL Daily Creel Limit: 3 fish per person daily bag limit and possession limit.

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Bigeye Tuna
Bigeye Tuna

Size Limit: 27" Min. CFL Daily Creel Limit: No Creel Limit

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Red Snapper (#)
Red Snapper (#)

Size Limit: 16" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 2 per person State and Federal Waters

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Vermillion Snapper (beeliner) (#)
Vermillion Snapper (beeliner) (#)

Size Limit: 10" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 20 per person

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Lane Snapper ***** (#)
Lane Snapper ***** (#)

Size Limit: 8" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 20 Aggregate

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Grey Snapper (Mangrove, Black) (#)
Grey Snapper (Mangrove, Black) (#)

Size Limit: 12" Min. TL Daily Creel Limit: 10 per person

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Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Size Limit: None Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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Bonnethead Shark
Bonnethead Shark

Size Limit: None Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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Great Hammerhead Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark

Size Limit: 78" min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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Smooth Hammerhead Shark
Smooth Hammerhead Shark

Size Limit: 78" min. FL Daily Creel Limit: 1 per person per day

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