How to Get Your Recreational Fishing License in Louisiana

Louisiana is known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise” for good reason. While the state boasts many dense forests, it is Louisiana’s rich and seemingly limitless waterways that truly make it the place to be for anyone who loves the outdoors.

What makes Louisiana a recreational fishing destination?

  • Coastal alignment on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Natural border with the Mississippi River
  • Abundance of lakes, both natural and mad-made, and lush swamps

Before you start fishing, you may need a fishing license. Below is a helpful guide to types of fishing licenses, special exceptions, and license discounts.

Types of Fishing Licenses, Exceptions, and Discounts

Basic Fresh Water Fishing License

Anyone over the age of 18 must have at least a basic fishing license to fish for recreational purposes in Louisiana. The license covers all legal means/gear for catching fresh water species. The fee for residents, military members, and students is $17. Non-residents will pay $68.

The license can be purchase a recreational fishing license the following ways:

Saltwater Fishing License

Anyone fishing south of the saltwater line must have a saltwater license. This fee will be less than the basic fishing license cost for residents, military members, and students at only $15. Non-residents will also pay a reduced fee of $60.

A saltwater fishing license can be purchased one of the following ways:

Fishing License Exceptions

The following groups of people do not need to carry a Louisiana fishing license:

  • People under the age of 18
  • Louisiana residents born before June 1, 1940

Anyone meeting the criteria previously mentioned should note that they’ll be required to provide proof of age when fishing if requested. 

Special Rates

There are special rate fishing licenses available for people in the following groups:

  • Seniors
  • Military Members
  • Students
  • People With Disabilities 

Fishing License Discount Qualifications

To qualify for the discounted Louisiana residents rates, applicants must provide a Louisiana driver’s license that’s been valid for a minimum of six months or a Louisiana ID card that’s been issued by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety.

You can find a more detailed list of the fees for standard residents, as well as individuals that meet special requirements, on the LDWF website.

Insure Your Fishing Boat With Farm Bureau Insurance

Boat accidents happen, but you can protect yourself on the water with a motorboat insurance policy from Farm Bureau Insurance. To learn more about insuring yours, contact a local agent near you.