Red Snapper season is more than halfway through in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released its latest data recorded by LA Creel, the collection program the department uses to track snapper catch throughout the summer to help enforce the state’s quota.
Through July 7, Louisiana fishermen had caught 466,001 pounds of the fish, or 57 percent of the state’s 816,439-pound quota.
Those estimates mean that there’s a high likelihood that the season will still be open next weekend for the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.
Snapper season for private recreational fishing began on May 24 in both state and federal waters.
The season runs on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Holidays are grandfathered in (Memorial Day and the Fourth of July). Anglers have a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total minimum size limit.
The season will remain open until the quota is reached. That weight limit was approved before the season under the Exempted Fishing Permit, according to landing estimates provided by LA Creel.
The EFP allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters.
This is the 2nd year of the EFP, which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters.
Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates,visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.