Shrimping License Requirements

Cast Net License Requirements

  • For individuals engaged in shrimp fishing using cast nets, the following licenses are required:
    • Basic Fishing License
    • Saltwater Fishing License (required if fishing in the saltwater area as described in 56:322(A)&(B))

Hook and Line License for Shrimping

  • Only a Hook and Line License is required for anyone taking shrimp using any of the following gear:
    • Dip net
    • Landing net
    • Crab net
    • Minnow trap

Trawl License Requirements

  • For individuals using trawls for shrimping, the following licenses are required:
    • Basic Fishing License
    • Saltwater Fishing License
    • Federal Shrimp Vessel Permit required for vessels fishing shrimp in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (EEZ)

Harvest Areas

  • Louisiana’s state waters are divided into inside and outside waters, separated by the "shrimp line."
  • Inside waters (landward of the shrimp line) are inshore waters, while outside waters (seaward out to three nautical miles) are the territorial seas.
  • Inside waters are further divided by major estuarine basins.
  • The shrimp line may be amended by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission due to environmental changes. See the latest coordinates at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/shrimp-line.

Seasons

  • Trawl, skimmer, and butterfly nets cannot be used for any purpose in state waters during the closed shrimp season.
  • Shrimp seasons are flexible and determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission based on shrimp populations and public input.
  • The spring inshore season usually starts in early to mid-May and may extend into July.
  • The fall inshore season usually begins near mid-August and extends into December.
  • The shrimp season in Louisiana’s outside territorial waters is generally open year-round, except for closed seasons in portions of state outside waters, which may be set during late winter to early spring months.

Size and Possession Limits

  • During the spring open season in Louisiana, there is no size limit on any saltwater shrimp.
  • No size limit on brown shrimp or seabobs taken during any open season.
  • For white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana, there is a minimum possession count of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound), except from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December.
  • When more than 50 percent by weight of the shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total shrimp taken or possessed.

Cast Nets, Dip Nets, and Bait Seines

  • Recreational fishermen can use dip nets, bait seines, and cast nets not to exceed 8.5 feet in radius.
  • Daily shrimp limits apply during both closed and open shrimp seasons, with a maximum of 50 pounds of shrimp per day during closed shrimp season and 100 pounds per day during the open season, per boat or vehicle, regardless of the number of persons.
  • Shrimp taken are for bait or personal consumption and cannot be sold or traded.

Restrictions on Night Shrimping

  • Night shrimping is prohibited during certain hours in specific areas, including Vermilion Bay, East and West Cote Blanche bays, Atchafalaya Bay, and more. Check specific regulations for details.

Trawling

  • Trawls cannot have a mesh size less than 5/8-inch bar or 1 and 1/4 inches stretched.
  • In certain state inside waters, the mesh size must not be less than 3/4-inch bar or 1 and 1/2 inches stretched during the fall inshore shrimp season.

Trawling During Open Season and Possession Limits

  • Recreational shrimpers using trawls 25 feet in length or less are limited to no more than 250 pounds of (heads-on) shrimp per day per boat.
  • Shrimp taken recreationally may only be used for bait or personal consumption and may not be sold or traded.

Federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Regulations

Trawling Restrictions

  • Various restrictions apply to trawling, including no leaving of nets or beam trawls unattended.
  • Trawling is prohibited in specific areas, including certain sections of Calcasieu Lake, Grand Bayou, Little Burton’s Ditch, Grand Lake, and more.
  • Trawling is also prohibited in certain lakes, coves, and areas as outlined in the regulations.

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