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TPWD News Release — Aug. 31, 2017

New 2017-2018 Fishing Regulations

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a suite of changes for the 2017-2018 saltwater and freshwater fishing season this year. All new regulations take effect Friday, Sept. 1, and can be found in the Outdoor Annual.

For saltwater fishing, Texas modified harvest regulations for certain offshore species to be in line with federal rules to reduce confusion among anglers. The changes to saltwater fishing regulations include:

For freshwater fishing, changes include:

Earlier this year in April, a rule was changed to require a $60 permit for the collection of gizzard and threadfin shad from public water for use as bait and the possession or sale of nongame fish if the container capacity used to hold the shad exceeds 82 quarts.

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