If you have had any inkling that you'd like to take a little fishing trip here in the waters of Louisiana, but allowed the lack of the necessary fishing license to stop you, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a deal for you!

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This weekend, June 10 and 11, all anglers are permitted to fish any of the public waters of the Bayou State and no license is required.

No Need For A Fishing License In Louisiana This Weekend

As part of the celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week which began June 3 and will run through this Saturday, June 10, Louisiana is holding our annual Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.

What that means is that regardless of which state you might live, here in Louisiana, or you're from out of state, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries allows all to fish the incredible waters of our state for absolutely no charge with no license requirements.


“Each year we designate a weekend of free fishing as an incentive for families and friends to enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” explained LDWF Secretary Rob Shadoin. “If you are an angler, please bring family and friends and introduce them to Louisiana's great fishing.”

While You Don't Need A License, You Still Have To Play By The Rules

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect during Free Fishing Weekend.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

For an added bonus, LDWF has stocked adult-sized catfish at 17 ponds across the state as part of the Get Out and Fish! Program. No boat? No problem! Go to the LDWF website or Facebook page to find locations of ponds, date of stocking, and tips on how to catch and cook your catfish.

LDWF reminds the public that anytime outside of Free Fishing Weekend, anglers 18 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Anyone who decides to continue fishing for the remainder of the year is required to purchase a state fishing license at la.wildlifelicense.com

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