Fishing Regulations for Guadalupe River
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.
- Black bass
For largemouth and smallmouth bass, minimum length limit = 14 inches. No minimum length limit for Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass. Daily bag limit for all black bass species is 5 in any combination.
There is no minimum length limit or daily bag limit for common carp.
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 white and black crappie, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit = 10 inches. Daily bag limit = 25 in any combination.
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.
There is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.
Outside special trout zones
For rainbow and brown trout, their hybrids and subspecies, there is no minimum length and daily bag limit = 5 trout in any combination.
Trout Zone 1: 800 yards downstream from Canyon Dam release downstream to east bridge on Hwy 306
For rainbow and brown trout, length limit is a 12-18 inch slot. Trout 12 inches and less or 18 inches or greater in length may be retained. Daily bag = 5 trout and only one trout 18 inches or longer may be retained. Harvest of trout is by artificial lures only. See Pole and Line for special restrictions on lures in this area.
Trout Zone 2: From east Hwy 306 bridge crossing downstream to 2nd crossing on River Road
For rainbow and brown trout, minimum length is 18 inches and daily bag limit is one fish. Harvest of trout is by artificial lures only. See Pole and Line for special restrictions on lures in this area.
- 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.