Red Snapper Illustration by Diane Rome Peebles

Red Snapper Illustration by Diane Rome Peebles

Louisiana recreational anglers will be able to target red snapper this fall in state waters beginning Friday, November 20th until further notice.  


This year, LA Creel estimated that Louisiana’s recreational fishermen landed a total of 993,963 pounds of red snapper through September 8, 2015 when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season was closed. These landings account for 92% of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,082,786 pounds). This season will allow our private recreational anglers to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper. 

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. 


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 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.