Louisiana’s weekend-only red snapper season will open up this Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
A weekend is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day, when Monday will be included as well, according to the release.
The bag and possession limit for the state season is two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum, the release states.
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was given the authority by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in 2013 to modify red snapper recreational seasons. In June, 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles.
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgement when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, and it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.
Until the U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s actions, the battle will continue over the state’s water boundary, the release states.
Anglers also are reminded that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper. You can obtain or renew a permit free of charge by clicking here.
Renewals can be be completed up to 30 days prior to expiration, the release states.