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Louisiana Fishing Licenses

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Louisiana boasts many opportunities for fishing throughout the state. However, prior to dipping your fishing rod in the local waterways, you must get the right LA fishing license. Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offers a variety of recreational and commercial fishing licenses for both LA residents and non-residents. Before applying for a fishing permit, you should figure out which one is best suited for the type of fishing you will be doing. Licenses are divided into basic (freshwater) licenses and saltwater licenses. A license to fish can be purchased in person or online using a PC or mobile device. Fines for fishing without a license in Louisiana can run up to $500, with additional fines for fish taken out of the water illegally. Though you can purchase separate licenses for freshwater and saltwater, there are also options for combination licenses such as the Sportsman’s Paradise option. You may also skip the annual licensing process and purchase lifetime licenses, if you plan on fishing regularly for the entirety of your time in Louisiana. Regardless of the type of license you choose, fishing licenses are necessary for catching marine wildlife in the state. For more information on the various LA permits, visit the Louisiana fishing pages.

Saltwater Fishing License

Learning how to get a saltwater fishing license in Louisiana is simple. The main factor that affects the application process is whether or not you are a Louisiana resident. Residency status in Louisiana affects the amount you will have to pay to buy saltwater fishing licenses through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). To get a discount on your saltwater fishing license, it is recommended that you establish residency in Louisiana prior to completing the fishing license application. To learn more about getting residential and non-residential saltwater licenses through the LDWF, read below.

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Freshwater Fishing License

Fishing for wildlife in Louisiana requires anglers to buy a fishing license through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Basic fishing licenses in Louisiana can be used strictly for freshwater areas, while you will need a saltwater fishing license to venture out into saltwater areas. Getting fishing licenses through the LDWF requires you to follow the application process and indicate whether you are a resident or non-resident. Read on for more information on getting fishing permits in Louisiana.

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Education

No matter whether you are a novice or expert Louisiana angler, there is always room to learn more about how to properly fish in Louisiana’s waterways. Luckily, there are a number of options for fishing education opportunities throughout the state. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has partnered with various groups and organizations to provide a wide range of education programs for anglers of all levels of expertise. Continue reading below to learn more about Louisiana fishing education opportunities.

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Accommodations

One of the most enjoyable ways to fish in Louisiana is during a fishing excursion. However, to get the most out of your fishing trip, you must plan out your travel methods and destination properly. When planning your trip, make sure to take some time in advance to find the best spots for the type of fishing you would like to do. Additionally, it pays to arrange for transportation in advance. Whether getting a charter boat, traveling by seaplane or bringing your own watercraft, you will need to make sure everything is in order before you can get down to the business of fishing.

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Organizations

Louisiana has a lot to offer in the way of fishing expeditions. However, sometimes it’s a lot more enjoyable to practice fishing with other like-minded anglers. There is a variety of fishing organizations with open membership throughout the state. Read below to find out more about your options.

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