The 2011 recreational season for gag grouper will begin on Sept. 16, and will continue until Nov. 15 in state and federal waters, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced yesterday (June 27).

The bag limit for gag grouper in Louisiana state waters is five gag grouper within a five-grouper aggregate bag limit, with a minimum size limit of 22 inches total length.

Federal regulations allow only two gag grouper within a four-grouper aggregate bag limit with a minimum size of 22 inches total length.

Captain and crew of vessels operating as charter vessels have a bag limit of zero.

The recreational gag grouper season is set based on rules issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service as recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council.

For further information on gag grouper regulations please visit www.gulfcouncil.org/fishing_regulations/index.php.