Fishing Is Less Expensive In Louisiana Waters

The year-long battle over fishing and hunting licenses between Louisiana and Mississippi ended yesterday (Monday) when Louisiana Governor Mike Foster signed the new bills into law. The Louisiana Legislature on Sunday gave final passage to the bills. When the Louisiana Legislature raised its nonresident fishing fee to 110-dollars in July 2000, Mississippi countered by raising its nonresident hunting fee to 425-dollars. About 20-thousand Mississippi residents enjoy saltwater fishing in Louisiana, while 14-thousand Louisiana residents like to hunt for Mississippi's larger deer. The bills lower Louisiana's annual nonresident saltwater license from 110-dollars to 90-dollars and significantly lower the fees paid by the Mississippi charter boat skippers who run what are known as mother ships.