New This Year: Fishing

Effective September 1, 2016

Saltwater Fishing

  • Recreational maximum size limit for black drum clarified to 30 inches, and the recreational minimum total length limit on greater amberjack is 38 inches.

Freshwater Fishing

  • Largemouth bass regulations modified on Lake Naconiche to a 16-inch maximum length.
  • Smallmouth bass regulations modified on Lake Meredith to a 14-inch minimum length limit and 5-per-day bag.
  • Channel and blue catfish regulations modified on Lake Tawakoni by removing the 12-inch minimum length limit and adding a 25-fish daily bag for blues and channels combined, only seven of which could exceed 20 inches and only two of which could exceed 30 inches.
  • Largemouth bass regulations modified on the Sabine River in Newton and Orange counties, and in Chambers, Galveston, Jefferson, and Orange counties by reducing the minimum length limit to 12 inches. The daily bag limit would remain at five fish in the four counties and at eight fish for the Sabine River.
  • Saugeye regulations modified to remove the current 18-inch minimum length limit and change the daily bag limit from three to five, with only two greater than 16 inches.

Effective September 1, 2015

Freshwater Fishing

  • In Braunig and Calaveras reservoirs, minimum length limit for largemouth bass is lowered to 14 inches. Daily bag limit remains at five.
  • On O.H. Ivie Reservoir, smallmouth bass minimum length limit is lowered to 14 inches. Daily bag limit is increased to five.
  • On Lake Nasworthy, largemouth bass length limit changes to prohibit harvest of bass 14–18 inches long (14–18-inch slot). Daily bag limit remains at five.
  • On Falcon Lake, alligator gar daily bag limit is increased to five per day.
  • On Lake Texoma, in addition to the prohibition on the "take" of alligator gar during May from Lake Texoma from the U.S. 377 bridge (Willis Bridge) up-stream to the I-35 bridge, no person "shall fish for or seek to take" alligator gar in that area.

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