State water red snapper fishing to close Nov. 20


Back at the dock following an excursion out of Fisherman’s Wharf, deckhands hand off red snapper to the anglers who caught them in August this year. Red snapper fishing in state waters will close on Monday, Nov. 20. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Back at the dock following an excursion out of Fisherman’s Wharf, deckhands hand off red snapper to the anglers who caught them in August this year. Red snapper fishing in state waters will close on Monday, Nov. 20. Staff photo by Dan Parker

Red snapper fishing in state waters will close on Monday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m., until January 2024, said a news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on Monday, Nov. 13.

Red snapper fishing in federal waters will remain closed until summer 2024.

“While we are disappointed to close state waters earlier than we had hoped, the pattern of prolonged federal seasons highlights the success of Texas’ state-managed red snapper fishery,” said Robin Riechers, TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division director. “ This year, anglers had a chance to take advantage of a 93-day federal season. Also, unusually calm offshore conditions in early June and July allowed anglers to catch red snapper at a higher rate than in 2022.”

Under an agreement between TPWD and the National Marine Fisheries Service, the state can establish the opening and closing dates of the annual red snapper fishery in federal waters while also continuing to manage red snapper fishing in state waters.

As part of this agreement, Texas must close the entire fishery when the state’s allotted poundage is reached for the year, the release said.

TPWD has provided a year-round red snapper fishing season in state waters and a limited red snapper fishing season in federal waters, which begins in June and closes after a certain number of days.

The length of the season in federal waters has been calculated to attempt to allow for a year-round season in state waters while remaining under the allotted annual catch limit.

The catch limit applies to fish landed from state and federal waters combined.

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