Louisiana is arguably the most wondrous, exciting destination to fish in. With 3,000 miles of shoreline, an abundance of lakes, marshes and bayous and a high prevalence of wildlife, there are never-ending opportunities to turn a standard fishing trip into something spectacular. In fact, anglers catch more fish off the coast of Louisiana than any other location in the United States. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that those that reside outside of Louisiana travel to the state to do their own fishing. Those that live in bordering states may find themselves in Louisiana quite often, which is why out-of-state Louisiana fishing licenses are available.
Do I Need A Recreational Fishing License?
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, anyone who possesses fish in Louisiana waters must have a recreational fishing license. You will also need a fishing license to use any of the following fishing gear: bow and arrow, barbed or barbless spear, frog gig, scuba gear, hook and line, cast net or rod and reel. All recreational fishing licenses expire on June 30 of each year and will need to be renewed at this time.
The Scoop on Non-Resident Fishing Licenses
If you live out-of-state, you will need to obtain a non-resident recreational fishing license. You are only considered a resident of the state if you have resided in Louisiana for the past 12 months as well as registered to vote, became licensed to drive a vehicle and filed a tax return in the state of Louisiana. If you do not meet these criteria, you will need to apply for a non-resident recreational fishing license.
Non-resident fishing fees may cost more than if you were a resident in the state, but they are still very affordable, which is why so many visitors posses a non-resident license. The cost, which is subject to change at any time, is $60 for the basic fish season and $30 for the saltwater season. If you choose to fish south of the saltwater line, you must have both the basic and saltwater fishing licenses in possession.
If you’re planning a one-day trip to the state of Louisiana, the cost for a temporary fishing license is $5 for a basic trip and $17.50 for a saltwater trip. A 3-day non-resident charter is $5. Many find the charter an excellent and economical option for a multi-day excursion to maximize your chances of hooking great fish. Information about this and all licenses can be found in the Louisiana Recreational Fishing Regulations document (pdf).
There are additional licenses that are needed for using certain types of gear such as trawls, crab traps and slat traps. These fees are significantly more for non-residents, which is why recreational fishing is most attractive for those who travel to the state.
How to Get Your Fishing License
To obtain a non-resident recreational fishing license, simply visit the website of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or call toll free 1-888-765-2602. Both Visa and MasterCard are accepted, and an authorization number will be given for immediate use and a fishing license will be mailed to the address given.
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