Recreational weekend-only red snapper season ends in state waters

Season officially closes on Thursday evening, LDWF says

The weekend-only red snapper season in state waters is effectively over because LA Creel estimates indicate harvest numbers have been reached, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Although the season officially ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, it was only open Friday through Sunday since Oct. 7, so there won’t be any more recreational red snapper fishing in state waters this year.

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate the self-imposed harvest limit of 1,116,732 pounds of snapper for the private and charter sectors have been reached, according to a press release.

The state season, which was was opened daily from Jan. 8 through Sept. 5 and on weekends only from Oct. 7 through Dec. 15, provided anglers 272 days of red snapper fishing in state waters.