LDWF Fisheries Contact Information

Freshwater Offices

Minden 318-371-3050

Monroe 318-343-4044

Pineville 318-487-5885

Lake Charles 337-491-2219

Lafayette 337-262-2080

Baton Rouge 225-765-2337

Lacombe 985-882-5228

Natchitoches 318-357-3214

Saltwater Offices

Lacombe 985-882-0027

Grand Isle 985-787-2163

New Orleans 504-284-2030

Bourg 985-594-4139

Lafayette 337-262-2080

Lake Charles 337-491-2579

Licensing / Boat Registration Information

225-765-2887 or 225-765-2898

For specific information on boat registration, please visit

www.wlf.la.gov/boat-registration-boat-and-motor-titles

LDWF Enforcement Offices

Have a specific question that you don’t see answered here?

Call an Enforcement Office to speak with someone directly.

Baton Rouge - - 225-765-2999

Lafayette - - 337-262-2080

Lake Charles - - 337-491-2580

Minden - - 318-371-3049

Monroe - - 318-343-2417

New Orleans - - 504-284-2023

Pineville - - 318-487-5634

Thibodaux - - 985-447-0821

SALE OF RECREATIONAL FISH PROHIBITED

All aquatic species caught must be for personal use only and are not to be sold or used for commercial purposes.

It is illegal to buy, sell or trade any game fish.

Louisiana Fishing Guide for Anglers

Louisiana is a top destination for sport fishing, thanks to active habitat conservation by the Office of Fisheries. For anglers looking to contribute to sustainable fishing, visit the state's guide for tips on gear, fish handling, and species-specific techniques, as well as how to address barotrauma in fish.

Check Weather and River Stages

Before heading out, check the latest updates from the National Weather Service or NOAA Weather Radio. Key contacts for regional forecasts include Shreveport (318-635-7575), Lake Charles (337-439-0000), and New Orleans (504-522-7330).

Louisiana's Saltwater-Freshwater Line

In Louisiana, the saltwater-freshwater line is a critical demarcation for anglers, running east from the Texas state line to the Mississippi state line. Regions north of this line are designated as freshwater zones, and those south, encompassing numerous saltwater lakes and channels, are legally saltwater areas. Despite daily variations in water salinity due to tides, winds, and currents, the flora and fauna typically vary significantly on either side of this line.

Legal Implications for Anglers

Anglers fishing or possessing saltwater species in the designated saltwater areas are required to hold a saltwater fishing license in addition to a basic fishing license. However, those fishing for and possessing freshwater fish in saltwater areas aren't mandated to have a saltwater license.

Louisiana Fishing General Information

Defining the Saltwater Line

The saltwater line in Louisiana is defined as follows:

  • Starts at the Intracoastal Waterway from the Texas-Louisiana boundary.
  • Runs to its junction with Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown.
  • Follows south along Louisiana Highway 82.
  • Extends east to its junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at Forked Island.
  • Continues along the Intracoastal Waterway to Bayou Barataria to the Harvey Canal.
  • From Harvey Canal to the Mississippi River.
  • Then to the Industrial Canal, and back to the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Concludes at the Rigolets in Orleans Parish to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge.
  • The Louisville & Nashville Railroad right-of-way marks the line from the Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi state line.

Areas south of this line, including Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (with specified exceptions), the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac, the Intracoastal, and parts of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, are designated as saltwater areas.

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