Common Coastal Species

Species Size Limit Bag & Possession Limit
COBIA (LING OR LEMONFISH) 36” min fork length 1 daily per person, No more than 2 per vessel
DRUM 16” min to 27” max total length Black Drum: 5 daily per person, No more than one over 27” max total length
Red Drum (Redfish) 16” min to 27” max total length 5 daily per person, No more than one over 27” max total length
SOUTHERN FLOUNDER No Size Limit 10 daily per person, No possession allowed from Oct. 15 - Nov. 30
MACKEREL King: 24” min fork length King: 3 daily per person
Spanish: 12” min fork length Spanish: 15 daily per person
STRIPED MULLET No Size Limit 100 lbs. daily
SPOTTED SEATROUT (SPECKLED TROUT) 13” min to 20” max total length 15 daily per person, No more than 2 over 20” max total length

Highly Migratory Species

Species Size Limit Bag & Possession Limit
MARLIN Blue: 99” min lower jaw fork length No Bag or Possession Limit
White: 66” min lower jaw fork length
SAILFISH 63” min lower jaw fork length No Bag or Possession Limit
SHARK Various Types 1 daily per person - possession, specific size limits apply
SWORDFISH 47“ Lower Jaw Fork Length or 25” Cleithrum to Caudal Keel 1 per person, No more than 4 per vessel trip
TUNA Bluefin: 73” min curved fork length 1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit

Reef Fish

Species Size Limit Bag & Possession Limit
GROUPER Various Types 4 daily in aggregate, specific size limits apply
SNAPPER Various Types 2 daily per person, specific size limits apply
ALMACO JACK No Size Limit 20 daily per person in aggregate
GRAY TRIGGERFISH 15” min fork length 1 daily per person in aggregate
TILEFISH (GOLDFACE & BLUELINE) No Size Limit 20 daily per person in aggregate
AMBERJACK Greater: 34” min fork length 1 daily per person
HOGFISH 14” min fork length 5 daily per person
TRIPLETAIL 18” min total length 5 daily per person

*Note: For the Reef Fish and Highly Migratory Species categories, please consult the latest regulations and visit for more detailed information on bag limits, size restrictions, and other regulations. This chart is a summary and may not include all species or regulations. Always check with local authorities or the LDWF Enforcement Office if you have questions.

Saltwater Creel & Size Limits

  1. Red Drum (Redfish) and Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

    Recreational saltwater anglers have a two-day bag limit on land. However, it's important to note that possessing fish over the daily bag limit in a single day or while fishing is prohibited, unless the angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for more than 25 hours consecutively. Federal waters prohibit the possession of red drum.

    • Possession Limit in South of U.S. Hwy 90: For red drum and spotted seatrout, the possession limit is three times the daily take limit for anglers with a valid recreational fishing license who can show a landing receipt from a public boat launch south of U.S. Hwy 90, demonstrating they have been actively on the water or at a remote camp accessible only by water for two or more days. The fish must be kept whole or whole gutted in separate bags, each marked with the date taken, species, number of fish, and the angler's name and license number. The fish must remain in the possession of the angler, and no fishing is allowed while in possession of more than the daily take limit.
  2. Off-water Bag Limit

    A two-day bag limit is allowed in possession off the water, excluding fishing or being on a boat, except as mentioned earlier for areas south of U.S. Hwy 90.

  3. Charter Vessels & Headboats

    On charter vessels and headboats during multi-day trips with two licensed operators required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips over 12 hours, anglers may possess a two-day limit. Each angler must have a receipt from the vessel verifying the trip's length.

  4. Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)

    Captains and crew of charter vessels are not allowed to harvest spotted seatrout. They may fish for demonstration purposes but cannot keep any spotted seatrout.

  5. Highly Migratory Species (HMS)

    An HMS Permit is necessary for vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for regulated species like tunas, billfishes, swordfish, and sharks. The permit is valid until Dec. 31, 2024, and costs $20. Swordfish, billfish, and bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing at

    • Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit: Required for charter or headboat fishing for Atlantic HMS in federal Gulf waters, valid until Dec. 31, 2024, at a cost of $20.
  6. Sharks

    Various seasons and rules apply to different shark species in Federal waters off Louisiana. Check rules at for specific details.

    • Categories of Sharks: Sharks are categorized into Small Coastal Sharks, Large Coastal Sharks, and Pelagic Sharks.

    • Bag Limits: A person subject to a bag limit cannot possess more sharks than allowed regardless of trip duration. "Finning," the removal of only fins and returning the shark to the sea, is prohibited.

    • Prohibited Sharks: A list of prohibited shark species includes Atlantic angel shark, sand tiger shark, white shark, and others. Sandbar and silky sharks may not be retained under a recreational bag limit.

  7. Swordfish

    Recreational fishing vessels can possess up to one swordfish per person with a limit of four swordfish per vessel per trip. Swordfish taken under a recreational bag limit cannot be sold, purchased, exchanged, or bartered. Transferring swordfish between vessels is not allowed.

  8. Tuna

    Anglers targeting tunas in Louisiana state waters must adhere to both state and federal regulations, which can change frequently. Be aware of the most current federal regulations, including sizes, bag limits, and closed seasons, especially for bluefin tuna. Check the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888-872-8862 for updates.

  9. Grouper

    Closed seasons for recreational harvest include a gag closure from Jan. 1 through May 31 and a closure for black, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth groupers, and scamp from Feb. 1 - March 31, seaward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve. Federal waters off Louisiana may have additional rules.

  10. Charter Captain & Crew

    Captains and crew on charter vessels cannot harvest red snapper, greater amberjack, or any grouper species; their creel limit/bag limit is zero.

  11. Red Snapper

    Regulations for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters may change frequently. For the latest information on red snapper seasons, bag limits, and possession, visit the LDWF website.

  12. Gray Triggerfish

    There is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish from Jan. 1 through the end of February and from June 1 - July 31 annually.

  13. Amberjack

    The recreational greater amberjack season is open May 1-31, with a fixed closed season from June 1 - July 31. The season reopens Aug. 1 - Oct. 31 or until the annual quota is met. Visit the provided websites for more details.

  14. Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP)

    Anglers 18 years and older and charter captains must obtain this free permit to possess specific species. Charter captains are required to have a Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Visit the provided websites for registration and more information on this program.

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