Any persons over the age of fifteen, whether resident or non-resident, must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to fish in Louisiana waters. Saltwater fishing as defined by any fishing south of the designated saltwater line also requires the possession of a Louisiana saltwater fishing license.
Prices for Louisiana fishing licenses, broken down by resident and non-resident prices, are outlined in the chart below.
|License Type||Resident Price||Non-Resident Price|
|One day basic||N/A||$5|
|One day saltwater||N/A||$17.50|
Any resident only fishing with a cane pole (simple hook and line) north of the saltwater line can obtain an annual fishing license for $2.50. Senior citizens over the age of 80 who are residents of LA can purchase a combination fishing (which includes basic and saltwater) and hunting license for $5.
A combination fishing and hunting license which includes both basic and saltwater fishing can be purchased by residents for $100. Additionally, those fishing from a charter j passenger or chart skiff can obtain a three-day LA fishing license for $10 or $30, respectively.
Louisiana Fishing License Online
Louisiana fishing licenses can be purchased from the State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. You can print your LA fishing license from home or access it digitally to present to any inquiring authorities.
Louisiana Fishing License Age
Any anglers over the age of fifteen fishing in state waters including coastal waters must possess a valid fishing license. Residents 80 years old and up are not required to possess a fishing license; however, non-resident senior citizens do not qualify for this exemption.
Louisiana Lifetime Fishing License
Lifetime Louisiana fishing licenses are available for purchase from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge. Lifetime fishing licenses are only available to residents of Louisiana.
Non-residents are only eligible to purchase a lifetime combination fishing and hunting license for $3000. Non-residents who are disabled veterans can purchase a lifetime combination fishing and hunting license for $300.
Prices for resident Louisiana lifetime fishing licenses are listed below.
|Age Bracket||Resident Price|
|Ages 5 to 13||$200|
|Ages 0 to 4 (combination fishing and hunting)||$200|
|Ages 5 to 13 (combination fishing and hunting)||$300|
|Ages 14 to 59 (combination fishing and hunting)||$500|
Do Senior Citizens Need a Fishing License in Louisiana?
Residents of LA over 80 years of age are not required to possess a state fishing license to fish in state waters. Non-resident senior citizens are not exempt from the fishing requirement.
Where Can You Buy a Louisiana Fishing License?
Louisiana fishing licenses are available for purchase in person from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge or from approved local retailers such as sporting goods stores. You can also buy your Louisiana fishing license online from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.