“Recreational Fishing in the Pelican State,” by Andre Dobison

While Louisiana may be known for its thriving commercial fishing and shrimping operations, you cannot discount the state’s recreational fishing options. Recreational angler Andre Dobison claims residents and visitors will find freshwater fishing just as viable as their saltwater options.

The Pelican State offers hundreds of legitimate fishing holes and a variety of species for anglers. The most popular fish pulled out of the state’s waters include a variety of bass, bowfin, carp, catfish, and redear sunfish. Licenses are required in order to drop your line in Louisiana and range in price from $2.50 for cane pole fishing to $100 for a Louisiana Sportsman’s Paradise License.

If you are looking for a public freshwater fishing ramp, the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries maintains a list, sorted by parish, on its website, www.wlf.louisiana.gov. The site also provides more information on licensure, size limits, records, and more.

Andre Dobison is a resident of Louisiana and Regional Vice President of Primerica Financial, a national life insurance company.


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