Louisiana Finfish Fishery
Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of topics from multiple government and industry organizations, to help saltwater finfish fishermen understand licensing and reporting requirements, harvest regulations, seasonal rule changes, and best handling methods to provide both consumer finfish products, and fish used for bait, feed and fish oil (menhaden in particular).
More than 97% of Louisiana’s total finfish harvest (in pounds) is menhaden. However, there is renewed consumer interest in ‘wild-caught fish’ that is increasing demand for well-known favorites like tuna and red snapper, as well as underutilized species like flounder, black drum and sheepshead. Louisiana ranks 2nd in the harvest of finfish in the nation, and opportunities abound in this fishery.
As we continue to add information this web site, visit the resource links below for more information on regulations, product handling, gear and equipment, and responsible fishing practices.
Finfishing regulations are determined by the boundary between federal and state waters; at this time, Louisiana claims state waters out to nine nautical miles from the nearest land (in some cases can extend further). However, gear that is restricted in Louisiana state waters is restricted only out to three nautical miles. The federal government currently claims waters beginning at three nautical miles in many fisheries, meaning the area from three to nine nautical miles may be enforced differently by each entity, and depending on which fishery you are participating. Please check with your local Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement office.
Recreational Closure of Red Grouper Harvest in Federal Waters of the Gulf of MexicoMay 31, 2023
NOAA Fisheries Bulletin What/When/Where: Recreational harvest of red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on July 21, 2023. Red grouper recreational harvest will be closed until the 2024 fishing year begins on January 1, 2024. Why The Red Grouper…
LDWF Announces Commercial Fishing License Sale Locations and DatesApril 3, 2023
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new or renewal commercial fishing licenses and boat registration transactions at the following locations: Lake Charles Office **NEW LOCATION** 1025 Tom Watson Rd. Lake Charles, LA” April 24 & 25 9 am – 3:30 pm Lafayette Office 200 Dulles Drive Lafayette,…
Gulf Council Asks Fishermen for Information on Mutton SnapperMarch 9, 2023
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to gain a better understanding of what’s happening with mutton snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. The Council recognizes that as active fishermen, you may notice trends or interesting things happening in the Gulf that the scientists and managers may not…