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Fishing Regulations for Sabine 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
Upstream of Toledo Bend/LA state line

For largemouth and smallmouth bass, minimum length limit = 14 inches. No minimum length for Alabama, Guadalupe or spotted bass. Daily bag limit is 5 fish for all black bass species in any combination.

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For largemouth bass, minimum length = 12 inches. Daily bag for largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass = 8 in any combination. Possession limit = 10.

White, striped and yellow bass
Upstream of Toledo Bend/LA state line

For striped and hybrid striped bass, minimum length limit = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5 in any combination. For white bass, minimum length = 10 inches and daily bag is 25. There are no bag or size limits for yellow bass.

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For striped bass, there is no minimum length limit; daily bag = 5, and only two striped bass 30 inches or greater may be retained each day.

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For white bass, there is no minimum length; daily bag = 25 fish. There are no bag or size limits for yellow bass.

Carp

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

Catfish
Upstream of Toledo Bend/LA state line

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.

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For blue and channel catfish, no minimum length limit; daily bag and possession limit = 50 in any combination, of which no more than 5 may be 30 inches or greater in length.

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For flathead catfish, minimum length limit = 18 inches; daily bag and possession limit = 10.

Crappie
Upstream of Toledo Bend/LA state line

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

Toledo Bend Dam to Sabine Pass

For black and white crappie there is no MLL and daily bag = 25 crappie in 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.

Sunfish

There is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.

Trout

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