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Fishing Regulations for Bedford Boys Ranch

To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters.

Gear restrictions

Fishing is by pole and line only. Anglers may use no more than two poles while fishing.

Black bass

Catch and release only for largemouth bass. For smallmouth (if present) minimum length = 14 inches. No minimum length for Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass (if present). Daily bag limit for all black bass species is 5 in any combination.

Carp

There is no minimum length limit or daily bag limit for common carp.

Catfish

For channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies, 25 (in any combination - only 10 can be 20 inches or greater in length). For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5.

For blue and channel catfish, there is no minimum length and combined daily bag limit = 5. For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag = 5.

Crappie

For white and black crappie, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit = 10 inches. Daily bag limit = 25 in any combination.

Gar

For alligator gar, daily bag limit is 1 fish of any size. No bag limits on other species of gar.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting - All alligator gar harvested from the public waters of the state other than Falcon International Reservoir must be reported within 24 hours to the department via mobile app or online. Report your harvest with "My Texas Hunt Harvest" app.

Certain areas may be temporarily closed to alligator gar fishing when optimum spawning conditions occur. Get details.

Trout

For rainbow and brown trout, their hybrids and subspecies, there is no minimum length and daily bag limit = 5 trout in any combination.

White bass

For white bass, minimum length = 10 inches and daily bag is 25.

Striped bass and their Hybrids

For striped and hybrid striped bass, minimum length limit = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5 in any combination.