TPW Commission Adopts Changes in Fishing Regulations

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday public hearing approved adjustments to bass length limits on several lakes, a change in alligator gar bag limit on Falcon Lake and clarifications to commercial crab and finfish rules.

The adopted changes to the 2015-16 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing regulations, which take effect Sept. 1, include:

Braunig and Calaveras Reservoirs — The largemouth bass length limit will revert back to the statewide 14-inch minimum limit. Daily bag limit would remain at five fish.

O. H. Ivie Reservoir — The length limit for smallmouth bass will revert back to the statewide 14-inch minimum limit and five fish daily bag.

Lake Nasworthy —The length limit for largemouth bass will change to a 14- to 18-inch slot limit (no harvest between 14 and 18 inches). Daily bag limit would remain at five fish.

Falcon Lake — The current daily bag limit of one alligator gar will change to five fish per day. The increased bag limit will be in effect in the all impounded waters of the Rio Grande from the Falcon Dam upstream to the Zapata/Webb County line.

Spring Shrimp Rules — Legal harvesting hours will be extended from the current closure time of 2p.m. until 30 minutes after sunset, and the daily bag limit for bay shrimping will increase from 600 pounds to 800 pounds.