The regulations are two fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters. State water limits are four fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum. Red snapper caught in federal waters count as part of the state bag limit of four fish. No more than four red snapper may be in a person’s possession while fishing in state waters and no more than two in federal waters.
Since 2018, the National Marine Fisheries Service has granted the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department the authority to establish the opening and closing of the red snapper fishery in federal waters off the Texas coast for private recreational anglers fishing from their own vessels. The federally permitted for-hire sector continues to be managed in its current structure set by the federal government.
Coastal Fisheries Division biologists will determine the season length. The public will be notified through the TPWD’s website, social media accounts and news releases.