Spotted seatrout size and bag restrictions were changed in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s ( LWFC ) Notice of Intent ( NOI ) amendment. The commission suggests maintaining the suggested 15 seafood bag limit, amending the original Notice of Intent to a minimum size limit of 13 inches, and establishing an maximum size cap of 20 feet with room for two fish over the optimum length limit. It also suggests removing charter guides’ and / or their deckhands’ ability to maintain bag limits while on for-hire trips.
A stock analysis must be given to the committee never later than the April 2027 meet, and the proposed modifications must go into effect on January 1, 2028, at 12:00 a.m., barring any changes that may be made before that time.
This proposed law would eliminate the split regulations in southern western Louisiana and establish a single statewide size and bag limit.
These modifications are being made in response to public comments made during the initial Notice of Intent’s opinion period, during earlier commission meetings, and on February 1, 2023, at a Legislative Oversight hearing. Here is where you can find the complete see of purpose.
Visit https :// www.wlf.louisiana.gov / page / spotted-seatrout for more details on the species.
Steps after that:
- On September 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the LDWF office in the Joe Herring Room at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70898, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries may hold an open reading on the proposed significant changes.
- As soon as November 2023, the proposed law could be made public as a final rule after the 30-day congressional supervision period.