Louisiana Freshwater Creel & Size Limits

Freshwater Game Fish

Black Bass (Largemouth & Spotted)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: None 10 daily
Eagle Lake 16” MLL 10 daily
Poverty Point Reservoir 15-19” protected SL 8 daily (No more than one over 19” total length)
False River (Pointe Coupee Parish) 14” MLL 5 daily
John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River Parish) 14-17” protected SL 8 daily (No more than four over 17” total length)
Caddo Lake 14-18” protected SL for Largemouth Bass; No length restriction for Spotted Bass 8 daily (No more than four Largemouth Bass over 18” total length)
Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Sabine River above Toledo Bend 14” MLL for Largemouth Bass; No MLL for Spotted Bass 8 daily in combination or aggregate
Sabine River from Toledo Bend dam to I-10 12” MLL for Largemouth Bass; No MLL for Spotted Bass 8 daily in combination or aggregate
Sabine River south of I-10 (Louisiana waters only) Statewide regulations apply 10 daily
Bussey Brake 16” maximum total length limit, EXCEPT one fish over 16 inches may be kept 5 daily, in the aggregate (5 fish while on water and 10 fish while off water possession limit, in the aggregate)

Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass (or any combination thereof)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters None 5 daily (No more than two over 30” total length)

White Bass

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: None 50 daily
Caddo Lake, Sabine River and Toledo Bend Reservoir None 25 daily

Crappie

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: None 50 daily; 100 fish possession limit
Poverty Point, Caddo Lake and Sabine River None 25 daily; 50 fish possession limit
Toledo Bend Reservoir None 25 daily; 100 fish possession limit
Eagle Lake (Madison Parish) 11” MLL 30 daily; 30 fish possession limit
Bussey Brake 10” MLL 25 daily, in the aggregate (25 fish while on water and 50 fish while off water possession limit, in the aggregate)
D’Arbonne Lake None 50 daily, in the aggregate, of which no more than 7 may exceed 12” in length; 50 fish while on water and 100 fish while off water possession limit, in the aggregate

Sunfish (Bream)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: None None
Bussey Brake None 50 daily, in the aggregate (50 fish while on the water and 100 fish while off the water possession limit, in the aggregate)

Yellow Bass

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: None 50 daily
Caddo Lake, Sabine River and Toledo Bend Reservoir None No limit

Freshwater Nongame Fish

Bowfin (Choupique)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters 16” MLL No limit

Buffalo Fish (or their hybrids)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters 16” MLL 25 daily

Catfish

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters EXCEPT as follows: Blue Catfish: 12” MLL 100 daily in the aggregate (A fisherman may possess up to 25 undersized catfish of the three species combined.)
Channel Catfish: 11” MLL
Flathead Catfish: 14” MLL
Caddo Lake, Sabine River and Toledo Bend Reservoir Blue & Channel Catfish: None 50 daily in the aggregate (No more than five over 30” total length)
Flathead Catfish: 18” MLL 10 daily

Freshwater Drum (Gaspergou)

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters 12” MLL 25 daily

Paddlefish

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
Statewide 30” max lower jaw fork length 2 daily (fish cannot be retained alive & cannot be harvested by snagging methods)
Boundary waters with Texas and below the saltwater line no legal harvest or possession

Shad

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters None 50 pounds daily

Sturgeon

Location Size Limit Legal Harvest or Possession
All state waters N/A No legal harvest or possession

Other Freshwater Fish

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters None No limit

Crawfish

Location Size Limit Daily Creel Limit
All state waters None 150 pounds daily

Please note that these regulations are subject to change, and it's essential to verify the

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