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Fishing Regulations for Trinity 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.

Note:
Sections in DFW and Southeast Texas

Fish consumption advisory in effect. Get details

Black bass

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.

White, striped and yellow bass
Main stem except Polk and San Jacinto counties

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.

From the Lake Livingston dam downstream to the FM Road 3278 bridge

Minimum length limit for striped bass is 18 inches and daily bag = 2.

Carp

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

Catfish
Main stem except Polk and San Jacinto counties

For channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit = 12 inches and daily bag limit = 25 in any combination. For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5.

From the Lake Livingston dam downstream to the FM Road 3278 bridge

Minimum length limit for blue and channel catfish is 12 inches and daily bag = 10, of which only 2 fish can be 24 inches or larger. 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.

From the I-30 bridge in Dallas downstream to the I-10 bridge in Chambers County, including Lake Livingston and the East Fork of the Trinity River upstream to the dam at Lake Ray Hubbard

Only alligator gar less than 48 inches in length may be retained. Daily bag limit = 1. Between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise, no person may take or possess an alligator gar by means of lawful archery equipment or crossbow unless they possess a harvest authorization.

Sunfish

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

Shad
Below Lake Livingston between Polk and San Jacinto counties

Daily bag limit for gizzard and threadfin shad = 500 in any combination. Possession limit = 1,000.

Trout

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