Freshwater Bag and Length Limits

Valid Sep. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020.

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

Largemouth Bass

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

Smallmouth bass

Smallmouth Bass

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

Spotted, Guadalupe & Alabama bass

Guadalupe Bass

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

Illustration: Guadalupe bass

Striped & Hybrid Striped bass

Striped Bass

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

White bassWhite bass

Daily Bag:
25
Minimum Length:
10 inches

Yellow bassYellow Bass

Daily Bag:
No limit
Minimum Length:
None

Catfish: Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspeciesChannel catfish

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

Illustration: Channel catfish

Catfish: FlatheadFlathead catfish

Daily Bag:
5
Minimum Length:
18 inches

Crappie: White, black, their hybrids & subspeciesWhite crappie

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

Gar: AlligatorAlligator gar

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.
Mandatory Harvest Reporting:
All alligator gar harvested from the public waters of the state other than Falcon International Reservoir must be reported within 24 hours to the department using the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile app, or online in a web browser.
Release Restrictions:
Gar may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

See Alligator Gar Special Restrictions »

PaddlefishPaddlefish

No harvest allowed

Saugeye

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

Shad: Gizzard & threadfinGizzard Shad

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

Illustration: Gizzard shad

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

Daily Bag:
No limit
Minimum Length:
None

Illustration: Bluegill

Trout: Rainbow & brownRainbow trout

Daily Bag:
5 in any combination
Minimum Length:
None

Illustration: Rainbow trout

WalleyeWalleye

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

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).