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Harvest Regulations

Statewide Regulations:

  • Apply to all public fresh waters except locations noted in the Exceptions to Statewide Freshwater Harvest Regulations.

Freshwater Fish:

  • For freshwater fishes not listed, there are no statewide daily bag or length limits.

Trinity River Regulation:

  • It is a violation to leave unattended for any period of time or anchor a barge, boat, or fishing platform in the Trinity River below Livingston Dam in an area 1,000 feet from the dam to a point 1,500 feet downstream from the dam for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period without moving 100 feet or more during that time, or for five or more consecutive days, whether or not it has been moved.

Saltwater Finfish:

  • For saltwater finfish species caught in the brackish or fresh waters of this state, saltwater bag, possession, and length limits apply.

Possession Limits

  • General Rule: Possession limits are twice the statewide daily bag limits except for striped bass from Lake Texoma and alligator gar from Falcon International Reservoir.

  • Exceptions:

    • Locations with larger daily bag limits for some species (Caddo Reservoir, Lake Livingston, the Sabine River below Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and Toledo Bend Reservoir) maintain possession limits twice the statewide daily bag limits.
  • Definitions:

    • Daily Bag Limit: The maximum number of fish an angler may legally catch and keep in a single day.
    • Possession Limit: The maximum number of fish an angler may legally possess at any given time, which is typically double the daily bag limit.

Largemouth Bass Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are permitted to keep up to 5 fish in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
  • Minimum Length: Largemouth bass must measure at least 14 inches to be retained.

Special Regulations:

  • Certain waterbodies may have special regulations. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for specific details.

Smallmouth Bass Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 fish in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
  • Minimum Length: Smallmouth bass must measure at least 14 inches to be retained.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations. Please consult the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for detailed information.

Regulations for Spotted, Guadalupe & Alabama Bass

  • Daily Bag: Anglers can keep up to 5 fish total for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass.
  • Minimum Length: There is no minimum length requirement for Spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass.

Illustration: Guadalupe Bass

Special Regulations:

  • Certain waterbodies may have specific regulations in place. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for details.

Striped & Hybrid Striped Bass Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 striped or hybrid striped bass in any combination.
  • Minimum Length: The minimum length requirement is 18 inches.
  • Possession Limit Exception: Lake Texoma
  • Also Known As: Palmetto or Sunshine bass

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

White Bass Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 25 white bass.
  • Minimum Length: White bass must be at least 10 inches in length.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

For assistance in identifying white bass and for comparison, please refer to the bass comparison and identification resources provided.

Yellow Bass Regulations

  • Daily Bag: There is no limit on the number of yellow bass that anglers can keep.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length requirement for yellow bass.

For assistance in identifying yellow bass and for comparison, please refer to the bass comparison and identification resources provided.

Channel Catfish Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 25 channel catfish in any combination, with only 10 of them permitted to be 20 inches or greater in length.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length limit for channel catfish.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

For assistance in identifying channel catfish and for comparison, please refer to the catfish comparison and identification resources provided.

Flathead Catfish Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 flathead catfish.
  • Minimum Length: Flathead catfish must be at least 18 inches in length.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

For assistance in identifying flathead catfish and for comparison, please refer to the catfish comparison and identification resources provided.

Crappie Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 25 crappie in any combination.
  • Minimum Length: Crappie must be at least 10 inches in length.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

Alligator Gar Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are permitted to keep 1 alligator gar per day.
  • Minimum Length: There is no minimum length requirement for alligator gar.
  • Possession Limit Exception: Falcon Reservoir.
  • Restrictions for Spawning Gar: Certain areas may be temporarily closed to fishing during optimal spawning conditions.
  • Mandatory Harvest Reporting: All alligator gar caught from public waters, except Falcon International Reservoir, must be reported to the department within 24 hours using the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile app or online.
  • Release Restrictions: Gar taken with lawful archery equipment cannot be released back into the water.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

Paddlefish Regulations

  • Harvest: No harvest of paddlefish is allowed.

Saugeye Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 saugeye per day, with only 2 of them permitted to be less than 16 inches in length.
  • Minimum Length: There is no minimum length requirement for saugeye.

Special Regulations:

  • Specific waterbodies may have unique regulations in effect. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further details.

Shad: Gizzard & Threadfin Regulations

  • Daily Bag: There is no limit on the number of gizzard and threadfin shad that anglers can collect.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length requirement for shad.

Special Regulations:

  • Individuals collecting shad for personal use and transporting them in containers totaling 30 gallons or more in volume must obtain a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.

Sunfish Regulations

  • Species Included: Bluegill, redear, green, warmouth, longear, and various other sunfish species.
  • Daily Bag: There is no limit on the number of sunfish, including bluegill, redear, green, warmouth, and longear, that anglers can catch per day.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length requirement for sunfish.

Illustration: Bluegill

Trout Regulations

  • Species Included: Rainbow and brown trout.
  • Daily Bag: Anglers are allowed to keep up to 5 trout per day, in any combination of rainbow and brown trout.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length requirement for trout.

Special Regulations:

  • Certain waterbodies may have specific regulations in place. Refer to the Exceptions to Statewide Limits for further information.

Illustration: Rainbow trout

Walleye Regulations

  • Daily Bag: Anglers can keep up to 5 walleye per day, with a limit of only 2 walleye allowed to be less than 16 inches in length.
  • Minimum Length: No minimum length requirement for walleye.

Note: For fishes not listed above, there are no statewide bag or length limits. However, special requirements apply to the harvest of harmful or potentially harmful exotic fishes such as tilapia and grass carp.

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