- Basic Recreational Fishing License: The Crawfish Trap Gear License is included in the Basic Recreational Fishing License.
- Only a Hook and Line License is required if harvesting crawfish recreationally with crawfish nets, dip nets, hand lines, or bait seines.
- A WMA Access Permit is required if fishing for crawfish on an LDWF WMA or refuge.
Methods of Take
Crawfish may be taken with various methods including:
- Crawfish trap
- Crawfish net
- Hoop net
- Wire net
- Bait seine
- Dip net
A cast net must not exceed 8.5 feet in radius. Crawfish traps may be prohibited on certain LDWF WMAs and refuges. Consult fishing regulations on WMAs and Refuges for more details.
- A crawfish trap is defined as any device constructed of coated wire with the opening of the throats or flues not exceeding 2 inches, and which is used for the express use of taking crawfish.
- Crawfish traps are typically of the pillow style or cone style with a minimum mesh size no smaller than 3/4 inches by 11/16 inches. Traps must have a minimum mesh size of a hexagon of 3/4 by 11/16 of 1 inch from wire to wire not including any coating on the wire.
- A crawfish net is defined as any device constructed with vegetable or synthetic material without flues or throats attached to a wire frame that forms a net basket and is used for the purpose of taking crawfish.
- There is no closed season for wild crawfish harvest EXCEPT for some wildlife management areas and state and federal refuges. Refer to WMAs and Refuges on WMAs, Refuges & Federal Lands for specific regulations.
Size and Possession Limits
- There is no minimum size for crawfish.
- The bag and possession limit for crawfish is 150 pounds daily per person in state waters.
- No more than 35 traps may be used per person while fishing recreationally for crawfish.