The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind recreational anglers of the upcoming fall snapper season to begin this Friday, November 20 until further notice.
The fall season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.
"Our data reflects the reality," said Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary. "Through our real-time quota monitoring program, La Creel, we have identified a fishery that is healthy and thriving with additional opportunity for harvest."
The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary
In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana's action, the battle will continue over Louisiana's state water boundary.
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit. - See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/361411#sthash.W5A0jgJs.dpuf