If you’re caught up making fishing plans for the long 4th of July holiday weekend, don’t forget to purchase your 2017-18 fishing license.
That’s right, the old dog-eared license you’ve been toting around in your wallet expires this Friday, June 30.
But if you find yourself short of time, you don’t have to wait in line at a marina or sporting goods store.
You can buy a new recreational license online with your credit card at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website right from your phone or laptop.
“It’s one of those things to just do it now, because you’re going to forget a month from now,” said Rene LeBreton, public information director with LDWF. “If you’re not going fishing right away, do it now because you don’t want to get stuck out in the boat without a cell signal and be trying to buy it online.”
And the folks at LDWF have made it even easier to ensure you have the license handy when your friendly game warden pulls up by offering e-licenses — an electronic version of your license that can be stored right on your phone.
“If you buy it on your phone, what happens is you have to put in your email address and it will email you the pdf file of your license, and you just save that file in your phone,” LeBreton said. “Or if you buy it on your desktop, you can save it that way as well. But it’s very easy on your phone because it emails you the copy of your license.”
All anglers 16 years or older must possess a valid fishing license. A basic fishing license for a Louisiana resident is $9.50, and a resident saltwater license is $13.
Here’s a rundown of other licenses and how much they cost:
Senior Fish/Hunt $5
Charter Passenger License (3-day) $10
LA Sportsman’s Paradise License $100
LA Disabled Basic Fishing $2.50
LA Disabled Saltwater $2.50