Freshwater Bag and Length Limits

Valid Sep. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019.

Statewide Regulations

Possession Limits

  • Twice the statewide daily bag limit.
  • In waterbodies where daily bag limits are larger than the statewide daily bag, the possession limits remain twice the statewide daily bag limits: lakes Caddo, Kirby, Livingston, Palestine, Toledo Bend and the Sabine River below Toledo Bend.
  • Fish stored by a person at their residence do not apply to their possession limit.
  • Definitions of daily bag and possession limit.

Largemouth bass

Daily Bag:
5 fish for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
Minimum Length:
14 inches

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

Daily Bag:
5 fish for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
Minimum Length:
14 inches

Smallmouth Bass

Spotted, Guadalupe & Alabama bass

Daily Bag:
5 fish for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
Minimum Length:
None

Guadalupe Bass
Illustration: Guadalupe bass

Striped & Hybrid Striped bass

Daily Bag:
5 in any combination
Minimum Length:
18 inches
Possession Limit Exception:
Lake Texoma
Also Known As:
Palmetto or Sunshine bass

Striped Bass

White bass

Daily Bag:
25
Minimum Length:
10 inches

White bass

Yellow bass

Daily Bag:
No limit
Minimum Length:
None

Yellow Bass

Catfish: Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspecies

Daily Bag:
25 in any combination
Minimum Length:
12 inches

Channel catfish
Illustration: Channel catfish

Catfish: Flathead

Daily Bag:
5
Minimum Length:
18 inches

Flathead catfish

Crappie: White, black, their hybrids & subspecies

Daily Bag:
25 (in any combination)
Minimum Length:
10 inches

White crappie

Gar: Alligator

Daily Bag:
1
Minimum Length:
None
Possession Limit Exception:
Falcon Reservoir
Restrictions for Spawning Gar:
Certain areas may be temporarily closed to fishing when optimum spawning conditions occur.
Release Restrictions:
Gar may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

Alligator gar

Paddlefish

No harvest allowed

Paddlefish

Saugeye

Daily Bag:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
Minimum Length:
None

Shad: Gizzard & threadfin

Daily Bag:
No limit; however, a person who collects shad for personal use and transports those fish from a public water body in a container or containers that total 30 gallons or more in volume will be required to get a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.
Minimum Length:
None

Gizzard Shad
Illustration: Gizzard shad

Sunfish: various including bluegill, redear, green, warmouth & longear

Daily Bag:
No limit
Minimum Length:
None

Bluegill
Illustration: Bluegill

Trout: Rainbow & brown

Daily Bag:
5 in any combination
Minimum Length:
None

Rainbow trout
Illustration: Rainbow trout

Walleye

Daily Bag:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
Minimum Length:
None

Walleye

Exotic Aquatic Species

There are special requirements associated with the harvest of harmful or potentially harmful exotic species and transport of exotic aquatic species (tilapia, grass carp).