Snapper

No firm dates have been established yet, but officials expect the state and federal red snapper seasons to run concurrently for Louisiana anglers this summer, possibly beginning the Friday before Memorial Day, which is May. 25.

State, federal red snapper seasons expected to open concurrently in May

LDWF waiting to hear back from NOAA on approved catch percentage
February 26 at 11:23am
Experienced offshore fisherman Blake Matherne shows off the teeth of a 43-pound cubera snapper. Matherne speared the fish in 73 feet of water at a rig south of Cocodrie in 300 feet of water.

Cubera snapper

Louisiana’s coast delivers IGFA world record
December 04, 2017 at 9:00am
If the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves a proposal Thursday, state anglers could begin catching red snapper during a fall state waters season as soon as Friday, Oct. 6.

Fall state waters snapper season could open as soon as Friday, Oct. 6

LWF Commission to decide on proposal during Thursday’s meeting in Baton Rouge
October 04, 2017 at 1:24pm
With more than 100,000 pounds available before the state's self-imposed snapper quota is reached, it's possible Louisiana anglers could get to snapper fish in state waters this fall.

LDWF: State red snapper fall season possible

Extended summer season left more than 100,000 pounds available
September 21, 2017 at 5:09pm
Louisiana's offshore anglers will be able to target red snapper all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 4, after harvest estimates indicate the state's 1.04-million-pound self-imposed quota wasn't reached during the 39-day extended season.

Red snapper fishing to continue through Labor Day weekend

LA Creel harvest estimates allow for completion of 39-day extended season, LDWF says
August 31, 2017 at 6:17pm
With limited offshore action expected this weekend due to Hurricane Harvey, harvest data indicate Louisiana's red snapper anglers could get to fish for the entire 39-day extended federal season, which ends on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

LDWF: Louisiana’s red snapper season likely to continue through Labor Day

LA Creel data indicate anglers won’t reach 1.04 million pound harvest limit
August 25, 2017 at 9:48am
Louisiana red snapper anglers planning Gulf trips this weekend have been given the green light by the LDWF. Updated harvest figures reveal about 275,000 pounds remain on the table before the state's self-imposed 2017 quota is met.

LDWF: Another green light for red snapper trips this weekend

Labor Day ending date looks more and more likely
August 10, 2017 at 4:22pm
Capt. Ed Frekey deliberately targeted big red snapper this trip, avoiding easier-to-catch smaller ones at rigs.

Blue-water takedown - Tips for landing mangrove snapper

With the federal red snapper season lasting a mere nine days, you have to know how to maximize your time. This captain tells you how — and gives you tips for landing mangroves, as well.
June 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Louisiana's fall red snapper season will open in state waters on Friday, Nov. 20 and go seven days a week until further notice. The daily bag and possession limit wlll remain at two fish per person, LDWF says.

Louisiana's fall red snapper season to open in state waters on Friday

Daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person remains, LDWF says
November 16, 2015 at 2:31pm
Richard Waller fishes for mangrove snappers almost every weekend during the summer out of Bridge Side Marina, where Capt. Kenny Heikamp is based.

Mangrove massacre — Expert tips for mangrove snapper fishing

Mangrove snapper are known for being hook shy, but this veteran guide has the fish all figured out. So load up the boat with your buddies, head to the rigs and follow his advice to fill the box.
April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Louisiana's recreational red snapper season kicks off this Friday, March 20, at 12:01 a.m., and will go seven days a week until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Louisiana's 2015 recreational red snapper season opens Friday

Season will run seven days a week until further notice, LDWF says
March 16, 2015 at 1:44pm
Tommy Vidrine suggests using a 5- to 6-foot fluorocarbon leader with a circle hook to target big mangroves.

Mop up on monster mangrove snapper

Follow this expert’s advice to target big fish
October 15, 2014 at 7:00am