Sea trout regulations change for middle, lower Texas coast

Attention anglers: New bag and size limits for spotted seatrout took effect on Wednesday, March 16, according to a press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The TPWD Commission approved the proposed rule changes for bag and size limits on the middle and lower Texas coast during its January meeting.

Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and the upper and lower Laguna Madre bay systems will be affected by the rule change.

“From March 16 through Aug. 31, 2023, the spotted seatrout bag and size limits south of FM 457 will be in effect,” the release said.

The new rules, which will include Port Aransas, are as follows:

• Three fish per day per angler.

• A minimum length of 17 inches and a maximum of 23 inches.

• No fish over the maximum length may be retained.

The release said that biologists expect this regulation change to result in an increase in population numbers since more mature fish will be left in the water to spawn from April to September in 2022 and 2023.

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