Is Spearfishing Legal in Louisiana?

Spearfishing is a traditional and sustainable method of fishing which involves the use of a spear or similar weapon to catch fish. It is practiced in various countries around the world and is becoming increasingly popular in Louisiana.

However, it should be noted that there are a number of regulations and restrictions in place regarding spearfishing in this state.

In order to legally spearfish in Louisiana, individuals must possess a valid recreational fishing license. This can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for a fee.

In addition, it should be noted that certain species of fish cannot be Targeted while spearfishing. These include certain game fish such as largemouth bass, red drum, spotted sea trout, white sea bass, flounder and others.

Furthermore, Louisiana has a number of regulations governing the size and type of spears which can be used for spearfishing. Spears must have barbs no longer than 2 inches in length and may not have any cutting edges or blades on them. In addition, spears must be no longer than 6 feet in length and must be attached to an anchor or buoy line when being used.

It should also be noted that there are certain areas where spearfishing is prohibited in Louisiana. These include waters within 200 yards of any bridge or pier as well as any waters within 500 yards of any public beach or swimming area. Furthermore, it is illegal to hunt endangered species with a spear such as sturgeon or alligator gar.


In conclusion, it is legal to practice spearfishing in Louisiana provided that individuals possess the necessary license and abide by all relevant regulations regarding equipment, species Targeted and areas where it is prohibited. As such, those interested in taking part should familiarize themselves with the relevant laws before engaging in this activity.

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Daniel Bennet