Fishing Regulations for Red 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.
Below Lake Texoma
It is unlawful to transport live, non-game fishes from this water body to any other water body. Nongame fishes may be collected and used for bait within the same water body.
- 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 blue and channel catfish, no minimum length; combined daily bag limit = 15 fish. Only 1 blue catfish 30 inches or greater in length may be retained each day. For flathead catfish, no minimum length limit; daily bag = 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.
Below Lake Texoma
During May, no person shall take alligator gar from, or possess alligator gar while on, the Red River (including Lake Texoma) and all tributaries that drain directly or indirectly to the Red River on the Texas/Oklahoma border in Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, Lamar, Red River, and Bowie counties.
There is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.
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.
Below Lake Texoma including Shawnee Creek
For striped bass and hybrid striped bass, no MLL and daily bag = 5. Culling of striped bass is prohibited.