New Spotted Seatrout Regulations Begins March 16 in Multiple Bay Systems

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Commission approved proposed rule changes to bag and size limits for spotted seatrout on the middle and lower Texas coast during the January 2022 meeting.  The new rules take effect on March 16 in Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, and the Upper and Lower Laguna Madre Bay systems.

From March 16 to August 31, 2023, the spotted seatrout bag and size limits south of FM 457 will be:

  • Three fish per day per angler
  • A minimum size of 17 inches and a maximum size limit of 23 inches
  • No fish over the maximum length may be retained.

Biologists expect this regulation change to result in an increase in population numbers since more mature fish will be left in the water to spawn from April to September in 2022 and 2023.

For the most up-to-date information about bag and size limits, check the digital Outdoor Annual on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website  or download the Outdoor Annual app.