Freshwater Bag and Length Limits

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

Statewide regulations apply to all public fresh waters except for locations noted in the Exceptions to Statewide Freshwater Harvest Regulations. For freshwater fishes not listed, there are no statewide daily bag or length limits. For saltwater finfish species caught in the public fresh waters of this state, saltwater bag, possession and length limits apply.

Possession Limits

  • Twice the statewide daily bag limit.
  • The only exceptions to the statewide possession limits in fresh water are for striped bass from Lake Texoma and alligator gar from Falcon Reservoir.
  • Please note that on lakes Caddo, Kirby, Livingston, Palestine, Toledo Bend and the Sabine River below Toledo Bend where some daily bag limits are larger than the statewide daily bag, the possession limits remain twice the statewide daily bag limits listed above.
  • Fish stored by a person at their residence do not apply to their possession limit.
  • See definitions of daily bag and possession limit.

Bass

The combined daily bag limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass is 5 fish.

Largemouth & smallmouth

Minimum Length:
14 inches

Spotted, Guadalupe & Alabama

No Minimum Length

Striped & hybrid striped
(also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass)

Daily Bag:
5 in any combination
Minimum Length:
18 inches

White bass

Daily Bag:
25
Minimum Length:
10 inches

Yellow bass

Daily Bag:
No limit
No Minimum Length

Catfish

Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspecies

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

Flathead

Daily Bag:
5
Minimum Length:
18 inches

Crappie

White, black, their hybrids & subspecies

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

Gar, alligator

Daily Bag:
1
No Minimum Length

Certain areas may be temporarily closed to alligator gar fishing when optimum spawning conditions occur. Also see notes on Lawful Archery Equipment.

Paddlefish

No harvest allowed

Saugeye

Daily Bag:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
No Minimum Length

Shad

Gizzard and threadfin

Daily Bag:
No limit; however, starting April 13, 2017, a person who collects shad for personal use and transports those fish from a public water body in a container or containers that total 82 quarts or more in volume will be required to get a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.
No Minimum Length

Sunfish

Various species including bluegill, redear, green, warmouth & longear

Daily Bag:
No limit
No Minimum Length

Trout

Rainbow and brown

Daily Bag:
5 in any combination
No Minimum Length

Walleye

Daily Bag:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
No Minimum Length

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).