Through June 3, Louisiana’s red snapper anglers had caught an estimated 160,000 pounds of red snapper, or 22 percent of the state’s private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds. 

Estimates from LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ near real-time data collection program, cover two weekends of the recreational red snapper season, which started on May 25 and is running seven days a week in both state and federal waters.

Recreational landings were estimated at almost 90,000 pounds during the opening weekend of the season, and just over 70,000 pounds in Week 2.

According to a press release from the LDWF, the season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.

All anglers must possess valid Louisiana basic and saltwater recreational fishing licenses as well as a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) to fish for red snapper in state and federal waters, unless they are fishing on a charter boat. 

For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, click here