For the first time in years, Louisiana’s recreational red snapper bag limit will double to four fish per person per day. Additionally, red snapper season is changing to 7 days a week until further notice. The changes will be welcomed by anglers as well as marinas and other entities that depend on the business of recreational anglers.
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 red snapper season on Friday, September 24.
This is the first four-bag limit set by the LDWF since the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council gave private recreational red snapper fishing management authority to Louisiana and other states in the gulf in April 2019 starting with the 2020 fishing season.
The LDWF closed the current season on September 7 to allow staff to analyze harvest limits. Data from LA Creel indicates that there are about 30%, or 244,692 pounds, of red snapper left to fish this year.
“Providing this opportunity will help bring business back to our marinas, docks and charter fishing industry, especially in the wake of Hurricane Ida,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The opening of this season now allows anglers to harvest amberjack and red snapper simultaneously, as the recreational season for greater amberjack is expected to run through October.”
LA Creel, the LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, reports that 587,801 pounds or 70% of Louisiana’s 2021 annual private recreational allocation of 832,493 pounds was harvested during the season. 2021 red snapper.
The season will remain open until LA Creel estimates indicate we are nearing our allocation.
Media: The Red Snapper fishing b-roll can be viewed at: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/2021RedSnapper/
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