Fishing is a way of life here in Louisiana. Our parents start us out young and we grow up catching little baby brim to catfish the size of a 2 year old. However, once you reach a certain age, you must have the proper paperwork to be able to throw a line.

When it comes to fishing in Louisiana, you must purchase a state fishing license. Here are the main regulations you must keep in mind:


  • If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have a license
  • Residents born before June 1, 1940 who have lived in the state for one year are exempt (but must wear and use proper equipment)
  • Recreational licenses are available for purchase on June 1st of each year and expire on June 30th of the following year
  • To purchase a residential license, you must have proof of identification

The neat thing about modern technology these days is that you can now purchase your fishing license online or with your mobile device. To get yours, visit or simply search Louisiana Fishing License.

Keep in mind that there are a few other important regulations that you need to be aware of as well. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have a pamphlet for the 2015 Louisiana Fishing Regulations that lists all of the regulations for residents and nonresidents. It also explains what the rules are for the different types of fishing and what other recreational activities the fishing license covers.

Now that we have all of that covered, I'm ready to load the boat and head out!