Monday, June 24, 2019

Last week to renew your fishing license

Louisiana annual fishing licenses for 2018-2019 expire this Sunday at midnight, after which you'll need a 2019-2020 license. The new licenses became available on June 1st, and are good from the time of purchase thru June 30 of 2020.

Licenses can be purchased in several ways: (1) online at, (2) at local license vendors, and (3) at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville and Monroe. Acceptable methods of payment made online are Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

For residents, the basic annual license (covers freshwater only) remains at $9.50.  Saltwater license is an extra $13.00. Persons 60 years of age or older qualify for the special "Senior Fish/Hunt" license that covers all fishing, basic hunting, big game, and WMA use. Members of the military also get discounts on saltwater license, combined fish/hunt license.

As for non-residents, the basic stamp is $5.00 per day, with saltwater stamp $17.50 per day (total $22.50 per day). For frequent visitors to our state, the annual license might be a "cheaper" option. The NR season basic stamp is $60.00 and saltwater $30.00 for total of $90.00.

A word of advise.  Be aware that LDWF Enforcement gives out more tickets during the first week of July than any other week of the year. While a good number are for license violations, they also do boat safety checks. So be sure to check for PFDs, fire extinguishers, lights, and any other safety items on your boat or kayak before taking to the water.