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Fish Regulation Changes Affect Sea Trout, Flounder

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Spotted seatrout: The Commission adopted rules to extend a 5-fish bag limit currently in effect in the Lower Laguna Madre up the coast through the Highway 457 bridge near Sargent. The possession limit will be twice the daily bag limit (10 fish in possession).

Oyster harvesting: The Commission also approved a temporary 2-year closure of oyster harvest at a 54-acre oyster restoration site on Half-Moon Reef in Matagorda Bay and a 2-year temporary closure of seven restoration sites in East Galveston Bay.

Flounder: The two flounder per day bag limit restrictions currently in effect for the month of November will be extended into the first two weeks of December. During these first two weeks of December, however, harvest will be allowed by any legal means.

Rainbow and brown trout: On the Guadalupe River below Canyon Reservoir, the Commission established a 12- to 18-inch slot length limit with harvest by artificial lures only. The daily bag limit will be five fish, and only one trout over 18 inches can be retained.The new regulation zone begins 800 yards downstream from the Canyon Dam release and extends downstream to the easternmost Highway 306 bridge crossing.

Regulations were approved by the Commission in March. A summary of fishing regulations for the 2014-2015 season will be posted in the printed Outdoor Annual late this summer and online at