LDWF Offers Huge Opportunity For Red Snapper Anglers: 4 Fish Limit
For the first time in years, Louisiana’s recreational bag limit for red snapper will double to four fish per person per day. In addition, the red snapper season is being changed to 7 days a week until further notice. The changes will be welcomed by fishermen as well as marinas and other entities that depend on the activities of recreational fishermen.
The increased bag limit and daily open season was set today when Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed an emergency declaration to reopen the recreational season of the red snapper on Friday, September 24.
This is the first four-bag limit set by the LDWF since the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Board authorized the management of the private recreational red snapper fishery in Louisiana and other Gulf states in April. 2019 from the 2020 fishing season.
LDWF closed the current season on September 7 to allow staff to analyze harvest limits. LA Creel data indicates that there is about 30%, or 244,692 pounds, of red snapper left for anglers to harvest this year.
“Providing this opportunity will help bring business back to our marinas, docks and the charter fishing industry, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The opening of this season now allows fishermen to fish for amberjack and red snapper simultaneously, as the recreational season for amberjack is expected to run until October. “
LA Creel, the LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, reports that 587,801 pounds or 70% of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allowance of 832,493 pounds in 2021 was harvested during the 2021 red snapper season.
The season will remain open until estimates from LA Creel indicate that we are approaching our allocation.
Media: Red Snapper Fishing B-Roll is available at: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/2021RedSnapper/
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