With the potential 21-day federal red snapper season that was slated to start Oct. 1 in jeopardy, the Louisiana Department of WIldlife and Fisheries reminded state anglers Friday the weekend-only season ends on Sept. 29.
“I encourage all anglers to get out and take full advantage of Louisiana’s state-only red snapper season,” said Randy Pausina, the LDWF head of fisheries. “There are still four full weekends available before the season closes later this month.”
According to a press release, a weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bag and possession limit for the state season is three fish per person at a 16-inch minimum length.
A free offshore landing permit is required for all anglers (including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license) possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, grouper, snappers and hinds, the release states.
To obtain a Recreational Offshore Landings Permit, click here.
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to exercise caution and use their own personal judgement when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law, according to the release.
Until the time when the U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over the state’s water boundary, the release states.