BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says most areas west of the Mississippi River are open to recreational and commercial fishing, including shrimping.

It says the exceptions include part of the state's territorial sea west of the Mississippi River to Point au Fer and the beaches bordering closed areas.

The details include:

--State inside waters north of the inside-outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of the Empire Canal, east to the Mississippi River.

--Inside waters south of latitude 29 degrees 13 minutes 12 seconds from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Oyster Bayou.

--All state outside waters beyond the inside-outside shrimp line from the Mississippi River west to the eastern part of Atchafalaya Bay at Pointe au Fer Island.

All fishing remains closed in state waters east of the Mississippi River, except for coastal boundaries of lakes Borgne, Pontchartrain and Maurepas and the Chef and Rigoletes Passes.

Shrimping remains closed in Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain, and in the Chef and Rigoletes Passes, because of juvenile shrimp.

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