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Saltwater fishing license cost to increase

Saltwater fishing license cost to increase

For the first time in 14 years, theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will increase its license fees for recreational, saltwater fishing from $15.00 to $22.50 on August 1.

The increase places Louisiana firmly in the middle of saltwater license fees among Gulf States.

The Department expects to generate an additional $2.25 million annually, which will be used to fund the agency’s LA Creel program.

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, with LDWF support, sponsored a bill to increase license fees. 

The bill was introduced by Rep. Stuart Bishop, passed the 2014 Legislative Session, and was signed by Governor Jindal on June 19.

The license fee increase contains a sunset provision where the increase will have to be revisited in 2018.