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TPWD Approves Changes to Fishing Regs for 2018-19

T HE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMISSION adopted a suite of changes to this year’s fishing regulations that includes standardizing harvest regulations for largemouth bass to the statewide limits at 12 lakes and increasing the daily bag limit for commercial and recreational take of king mackerel from two to three.

Outdoor Annual 2018

The changes will be added to the next edition of the TPWD Outdoor Annual, 2018-19
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The Commission adopted the following changes to the 2018-19 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamations, the details of which will be incorporated into this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual:

CHANGE FROM 16-inch minimum largemouth bass length limit to a 14-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish.

Lakes affected include:

Lake Granbury (Hood County County)

Possum Kingdom Reservoir (Palo Pinto County)

Lake Ratcliff (Houston County)

CHANGE FROM 18-inch minimum length limit to a 14-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish.

Lake Bryan (Brazos County)

Cooper Lake (Delta County)

Old Mount Pleasant City Lake (Titus County)

CHANGE FROM 14- to 18-inch slot length limit for largemouth bass to a 14-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish.

Lakes affected include:

Lake Bridgeport (Jack and Wise Counties)

Burke-Crenshaw Lake (Harris County)

Lake Georgetown (Williamson County)

Lake Madisonville (Madison County)

San Augustine City Lake (San Augustine County)

Sweetwater Reservoir (Nolan County)

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CHANGE FROM 14- to 18-inch slot length limit and five fish daily bag limit for largemouth bass to no minimum length limit and a bag limit of five fish

 (only two may be less than 18 inches).

Lake affected:

Grapevine Lake (Tarrant County)

CHANGE FROM 14- to 24-inch slot length limit for largemouth bass to a 16- to 24-inch slot length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish (limit of only one bass 24 inches or larger).

Lakes affected include:

Fayette County Reservoir (Fayette County)

Gibbons Creek Reservoir (Grimes County)

Lake Monticello (Titus County)

CHANGE FROM catch and release with an exception allowing for possession and weighing for largemouth bass 24 inches or greater for possible submission to ShareLunker program to a 16-inch maximum length limit and five fish daily bag with the ShareLunker weighing and possession exception for bass 24 inches or greater.

Lakes affected include:

Purtis Creek State Park Lake (Henderson County)

Lake Raven (Walker County)

CHANGE FROM an 18-inch minimum length limit and five fish daily bag for largemouth bass to a 16-inch maximum length limit and five fish daily bag with an exception allowing for possession and weighing for bass 24 inches or greater for possible submission to ShareLunker program.

Lake affected:

Lake Bellwood (Smith County)

CHANGE FROM 14- to 18-inch slot length limit and five fish daily bag limit for largemouth bass to a 16-inch maximum length limit and five fish daily bag with an exception allowing for possession and weighing for bass 24 inches or greater for possible submission to ShareLunker program.

Lake affected:

Davy Crockett Lake (Fannin County)

INCREASE daily bag limit for commercial and recreational take of king mackerel from two to three.

The changes to the 2018-19 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing regulations take effect on September 1, 2018. 

—from TPWD

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