It’s the season to be thankful — and many Louisiana recreational anglers are thankful to have another shot at catching red snapper in state waters this year.

The fall season begins on Friday, Nov. 20 and will run seven days a week and go until further notice, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“Our data reflects the reality,” said Robert Barham, LDWF’s secretary. “Through our real-time quota monitoring program, La Creel, we have identified a fishery that is healthy and thriving with additional opportunity for harvest.”

The daily bag and possession limit will be two fish per person, with a 16-inch minimum total length, the release states.

Although the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission extended state waters from 3 miles to about 9 nautical miles offshore in 2012, LDWF officials encourage anglers to use caution and their own personal judgement when fishing beyond the 3-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters.

Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge, by clicking here.  

Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit, the release states.