Red snapper fishing in state waters will be prohibited by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ( TPWD ) starting on Monday, November 20, at 11:59 p.m., through January 2024. Up until the summer, national waters are closed.
According to Robin Riechers, director of the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division,” While we are disappointed to near state waters earlier than we had hoped, the pattern of persistent federal times highlights the success of Texas ‘ state-managed red snapper fishery.” Fishermen had the opportunity to benefit from a 93-day national time this year. Additionally, fish were able to get dark fish at a higher rate than in 2022 thanks to the exceedingly quiet offshore problems in early June and July.
The National Marine Fisheries Service and TPWD have a contract that allows the office to handle red snapper angling in state waters while also establishing the dates for the yearly fishery’s opening and closing. When the country’s allotted weight for the year is reached, Texas is required by this agreement to shut down the entire fishery.
In the past, TPWD has offered a year-round red fish fishing season in state waters and an annual, one-day, short-season in national waters. In an effort to allow for a year-round period in state waters while still falling below the allotted monthly catch limit, the length of the seasonal period in federal waters has been calculated. Fish landed from both state and federal waters are subject to the find cap.