July 16, 2019
Louisiana is known for some amazing fisheries. Across the state you’ll find incredible lakes (like the state’s largest, Lake Pontchartrain), rivers (of course the great Mississippi River) and the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers of all ages enjoy getting their hooks in the water and reeling in their trophy. But before you get started, be sure to have your Louisiana fishing license.
Here are the most asked questions regarding getting your Louisiana fishing license:
If you’re fishing in Louisiana waters, you will need a fishing license. More specifically, resident and non-resident recreational anglers who are 16 or older must have a Basic Fishing License. Whether you are fishing solo or with a professional charter captain/fishing guide – you will first need to get your own license. Unlike some other states, the guide’s boat license does not cover passengers in state waters. So if you have a rod in your hand, better make sure you also have a valid license in your pocket or on your phone.
If you are fishing offshore in federal waters, be sure to also have your Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP). Minors (under the age of 16) are not required to have a ROLP; and customers on a paid-for-hire charter guide are not required to have a ROLP (these are covered by the charter’s permits and licenses).
Because of the many estuaries located in southern Louisiana, the state has determined a “saltwater line” that divides the freshwater and saltwater areas. If you’re fishing north of this line, you’ll need a Basic Fishing License. If you’re fishing south of this line, you must ALSO HAVE a Saltwater License in addition to your Basic Fishing License. It’s best to have both with you as many areas of southern Louisiana are brackish with both freshwater and saltwater species.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issues licenses either online or through third-party Authorized License Agents. If you choose the online option, click here to get your license. Or try the local sporting goods store or marina to pick up your license.
Your current state of residency will determine the cost of your Louisiana fishing license. If you are a Louisiana resident, expect to pay $9.50 for your Basic Fishing License; and $13 for a Saltwater License. Please note, proof of residency in Louisiana must be valid for at least 6 months to qualify. Travelers from out-of-state will want to determine first how many days you are fishing, as there are one-day and three-day licenses available for as low as $5. Here is a quick guide for your convenience:
If you purchase a one-day or three-day non-resident fishing license, your fishing license will expire on the day of purchase, or 72 hours later (depending on the type). Resident licenses are valid from the date of purchase, are available to purchase on June 1, and expire June 30 of the following year, according to WLF.
Consider your purchase of a valid fishing license your contribution to the conservation of the local fisheries. Fishing regulations throughout the state help to keep a healthy and viable wildlife for all to enjoy. Also be sure to check the current regulations for bag limits and size limits. Catch-and-release is also a great way to keep the industry thriving.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of getting your Louisiana fishing license, it’s time to grab your gear and hit the water. If you’re looking to fish with a Professional Fishing Guide or Charter Captain, visit FishAnywhere.com and start your search. We will connect you with a Fishing Guide who is well aware of everything Louisiana fishing has to offer. Get started today!
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