Summary of Texas Hunting, Fishing & Boating Regulations
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What' s New for 2020-2021
Updated regulations effective Sept. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021
New in Hunting
- Reduction in daily bag limits on scaup and light geese during waterfowl hunting seasons.
- A new CWD Zone and check station has been established for Kimble County.
New for Freshwater Fishing
- Modified length limit for largemouth bass on Moss Lake and Brushy Creek Lake.
- Modified length and bag limits for blue and channel catfish, and restricted legal gear to pole and line angling only for Brushy Creek downstream from Brushy Creek Lake to the Williamson/Milam County line.
- Removed length limit for crappie on Lake Nasworthy.
- Standardized length and bag limits for blue, channel, and flathead catfish in the Texas and Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma and on the Red River below Lake Texoma.
New for Saltwater Fishing
- New 15-inch minimum size for flounder.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual includes regulations for recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing and hunting in Texas. While Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) strives to provide accurate information in the Outdoor Annual, hunting and fishing regulations may change due to legislative or Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission actions. The Outdoor Annual Mobile App may automatically update to reflect published changes upon establishment of a data connection, but users should independently check the associated statutes and regulations to verify their accuracy. For commercial fishing regulations, see the "Commercial Fishing Guide". For more detailed information on game and fish regulations, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement offices, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 800-792-1112 or 512-389-4800 (Mon–Fri 8AM – 5PM).
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