Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the 39-day extended red snapper season which ends Monday, Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m., according to the latest LA Creel landings data.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission had ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.
The latest catch statistics from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 880,603 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 20. The last reported amount was 849,227 pounds.
The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.
The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.
Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.
For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-20-17.pdf