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Get a Louisiana Fishing License

Purchase your Louisiana fishing license online today and discover the fun of reeling in a largemouth bass on the Red River in Shreveport or catching a spotted seatrout at Bayou Segnette State Park. You can check the LA fishing license age requirements and find information on state fishing regulations such as bag limits or slot limits in this section.

Get a Louisiana Fishing License
Fishing License


After purchasing your fishing license and before going out on your first fishing trip, be sure to read the Louisiana fishing regulations. Fishing regulations for individual waterways or zones are subject to change based on assessments of fish populations. Always check the current set of fishing regulations so that you know the minimum size limits and bag limits, in addition to the laws about LA fishing license age requirements.


If you plan to go offshore fishing in the gulf waters of Louisiana for snapper or grouper, take time to learn about the special catch and release techniques that should be practiced for deep water species. While all fish that are to be released require proper handling, deep water fish can suffer the effects of decompression when being brought to the surface and often require additional catch and release measures. Find out more about how to increase the survival rates of deep water fish by using a venting tool or descender through helpful tips from the FishSmart program.


  • Buy a recreational Louisiana fishing license online from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or by telephone. An authorization number is issued at the time of purchase, so you can start fishing right away.
  • Fishing license fees contribute to conservation programs such as habitat protection and fishery management.
  • Licenses are available to purchase on June 1 and expire annually on June 30  of the following year.