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TPWD News Release — March 20, 2019

TPW Commission Approves Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2019-20

AUSTIN – On March 20, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a suite of changes to this year’s freshwater fishing regulations that includes modifications to the length limits and harvest regulations for largemouth bass, Alabama bass and alligator gar in certain areas. The proposed changes to alligator gar regulations also include a nighttime prohibition on bow fishing on the Trinity River, mandatory harvest reporting statewide except for Falcon Lake, and the creation of a drawing for harvest opportunities on the Trinity River.

The TPW Commission adopted the following changes to the 2019-20 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamations, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual:

The commission did not move forward with proposals that would ban bow fishing for alligator gar at night statewide or to change current regulations on Lake Conroe for largemouth bass from a 16-inch minimum length limit and 5-fish daily bag limit to a 14-inch minimum length limit and 5-fish daily bag limit.

The changes to the 2019-20 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing regulations take effect on Sept. 1, 2019.

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