2009 - 2010
Texas State Waters - Federal Waters
Bag and Length Limits for Saltwater Fish

Species Daily Bag Length in Inches
(Minimum-Maximum)
Amberjack, Greater 1 34 — No limit
Bass: striped, its hybrids and subspecies 5
(in any combination)
18 — No limit
Catfish: channel and blue catfish,
their hybrids and subspecies
25
(in any combination)
12 — No limit
Catfish, flathead 5 18 — No limit
Catfish, gafftopsail No limit 14 — No limit
Cobia 2 37 — No limit
Drum, blacka 5 14 — 30a
Drum, redb 3 20 — 28b
Flounder: all species, their hybrids and subspeciesc 5/2c
(in any combination)
14 — No limitc
Grouper, gag 2 22 — No limit
Grouper, goliath (formerly called Jewfish) 0 Catch and release only
Mackerel, king 2 27 — No limit
Mackerel, Spanish 15 14 — No limit
Marlin, blue No limit 131 — No limit
Marlin, white No limit 86 — No limit
Mullet: all species, their hybrids
and subspeciesd
No limit No limit — 12d (during Oct., Nov., Dec. & Jan.)
Sailfish No limit 84 — No limit
Seatrout, spotted 10 e See special regulation e
5 for Lower Laguna Madre
15 — 25 f
Sharks 1  
Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, bonnethead See special regulations g below. 24 — No limit
allowable shark species 1 64 — No limit
Sharks, prohibited species g 0 Catch and release only
Sheepshead 5 15 —No limit
Snapper, lane No limit 8 — No limit
Snapper, red i 4 15 — No limit
Snapper, vermilion No limit 10 — No limit
Snook 1 24 — 28
Tarpon 1 85 — no limit
Triggerfish, gray 20 16— No limit
Tripletail 3 17 — no limit

a Black Drum: No more than one black drum over 52 inches may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag and possession limit.

b Red drum special regulation: During a license year, one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Red Drum Tag and one red drum over the stated maximum length limit may be retained when affixed with a properly completed Bonus Red Drum Tag. Any fish retained under authority of a Red Drum Tag or a Bonus Red Drum Tag may be retained in addition to the daily bag and possession limit as stated in this section.

c Flounder special regulation: Daily bag is 5 fish except for the period Nov. 1-30 when the daily bag is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole and line. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag.

d Mullet: May not take from public waters, or possess on board a boat, mullet over 12 inches during October, November, December, and January. No limits apply during other months.

e Spotted Seatrout: Special Regulation: For the Lower Laguna Madre, the daily bag limit and the possession limit shall be 5 fish in all inside waters south of marker 21 located inside the area known as the Land Cut. Inside waters are all bays, inlets, outlets, passes, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water landward from the shoreline of the state along the Gulf of Mexico and contiguous to, or connected with, but not a part of, the Gulf of Mexico and within which the tide regularly rises and falls.

f Spotted Seatrout: No more than one spotted seatrout over the stated maximum length may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag and possession limit.

g Special Regulation: the daily bag limiy is 1 fish for all allowable shark species INCLUDING Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and bonnethead.

h Prohibited shark species: Atlantic angel, Basking Bigeye sand tiger, Bigeye sixgill, Bigeye thresher, Bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, Dusky, Galapagos, Longfin mako, Narrowtooth, Night, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Sevengill, Silky, Sixgill, Smalltail, Whale, and White.

i Special Regulation: Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook.



  • Daily bag is the quantity of a species of a wildlife resource that may be taken in one day.
  • Possession limit is twice the daily bag on game and nongame fish, except as provided in this guide.
  • Possession limit does not apply to wildlife resources in the possession of or stored by a person at their permanent residence.
  • There are no bag, possession, or length limits on game or nongame fish, except as listed in this guide.

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