Texas Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


State Exceptions

Crappie

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
White, black, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
Minimum length 10 inches

Threadfin shad

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
a person who collects shad for personal use and transports those fish from a public water body in a container or containers that total 82 quarts or more in volume will be required to get a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.
Size:
No Minimum Length

Yellow bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits

Catfish

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
minimum length 12 inches

Shad

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
a person who collects shad for personal use and transports those fish from a public water body in a container or containers that total 82 quarts or more in volume will be required to get a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.
Size:
No Minimum Length

Bluegill

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Blue catfish

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
minimum length 12 inches

Palmetto bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped & hybrid striped (also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass)
Size:
Minimum length 18 inches

Flathead catfish

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
Minimum length 18 inches

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Rainbow and brown
Size:
No Minimum Length

Redear sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Guadalupe bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
The combined limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass is 5 fish per day

White crappie

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
White, black, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
Minimum length 10 inches

Green sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Carp

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Black bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Special:
For largemouth and Alabama bass there is no minimum length limit. Combined daily bag limit for all species of black bass = 5 fish. Up to 5 largemouth or Alabama bass may be retained; however, only 2 may be less than 18 inches.

Black crappie

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
White, black, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
Minimum length 10 inches

Brown trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Rainbow and brown
Size:
No Minimum Length

Longear sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (in any combination) only 2 less than 18 inches
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
largemouth and Alabama bass Combined daily bag limit for all species of black bass = 5 fish.
Size:
No Minimum Length

Channel catfish

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Channel, blue, their hybrids & subspecies
Size:
minimum length 12 inches

Gizzard shad

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
a person who collects shad for personal use and transports those fish from a public water body in a container or containers that total 82 quarts or more in volume will be required to get a Permit to Possess or Sell Nongame Fish Taken from Public Fresh Water.
Size:
No Minimum Length

Walleye

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Alabama bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
The combined limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass is 5 fish per day

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (in any combination) only 2 less than 18 inches
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
largemouth and Alabama bass Combined daily bag limit for all species of black bass = 5 fish.
Size:
No Minimum Length

Hybrid striped bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped & hybrid striped (also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass)
Size:
Minimum length 18 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
10 in any combination, only 2 over 20 inches
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass
Size:
No Minimum Length

Sunshine bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped & hybrid striped (also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass)
Size:
Minimum length 18 inches

Warmouth sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

White bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
Minimum length 10 inches

Smallmouth bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
The combined limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass is 5 fish per day
Size:
Minimum Length 14 inches

Spotted bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
The combined limit for any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, Guadalupe, and spotted bass is 5 fish per day

Rainbow trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (in any combination)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Rainbow and brown
Size:
No Minimum Length

Saugeye

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 (only 2 can be less than 16 inches in length)
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Size:
No Minimum Length

Striped bass

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5 in any combination
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped & hybrid striped (also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass)
Size:
Minimum length 18 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
10 in any combination, only 2 over 20 inches
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass
Size:
No Minimum Length

Paddlefish

Dates:
Closed
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Possession Limit:
No harvest allowed
Method:
No Harvest Allowed, Catch and Release Only

Alligator gar

License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
1
Possession Limit:
Twice the statewide daily bag limit
Size:
No Minimum Length

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass
Size:
No Minimum Length

Sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Fishing License and Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
twice the statewide daily bag limits
Special:
Various species including bluegill, redear, green, warmouth & longear
Size:
No Minimum Length

Fishing license and freshwater fishing endorsement

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Dates:
All year
Special:
In Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Kinney, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties, the only fishes that may be used or possessed for bait while fishing are common carp, fathead minnows, gizzard and threadfin shad, golden shiners, goldfish, Mexican tetra, Rio Grande cichlid, silversides (Atherinidae family) and sunfish (Lepomis).

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing

Methods Available

No Harvest Allowed, Catch And Release Only

State-wide Species Available

Alabama Bass
Alligator Gar
Black Bass
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brown Trout
Carp
Catfish
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Paddlefish
Palmetto Bass
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Saugeye
Shad
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish
Sunshine Bass
Threadfin Shad
Trout
Walleye
Warmouth Sunfish
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass

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