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Feb. 20, 2018

TPWD Releases Freshwater Fishing Regulation Proposals for 2018-19

AUSTIN – Simplifying largemouth bass regulations at 12 public lakes highlight this year’s list of proposed freshwater fishing regulation changes.

The potential changes are intended to increase recreational opportunity, make regulations less complex, promote enforcement, and provide for the sound biological management of fisheries resources. Twelve of the 20 lakes affected by the potential changes would revert to the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit, which governs nearly 80 percent of water bodies in the state. The other eight lakes would see changes to more appropriate special regulations.

TPWD will be taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2018-19 Statewide Recreational Fishing Proclamation, with input to be considered before any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 22 public hearing:

Additional details on these proposals including a narrated presentation on the proposals and the opportunity to provide online comments can be found here.

Comments on the proposals for freshwater fishing also may be submitted to Ken Kurzawski at (512) 389-4591, email:, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.

A live online public hearing via webinar will also be held at 12 p.m. March 6. Details and instructions for participation in the online public hearing webinar will be made available on the TPWD website.


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