LDWF: Red snapper landing estimates through Aug. 15, 2021

Season to temporarily close after Labor Day

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through August 15, 2021. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 579,212 pounds, or 69 percent, of Louisiana’s 2021 annual private recreational allocation of 832,493 pounds have been harvested to date.

The private recreational red snapper season began May 28 in both state and federal waters and will close after the Monday of Labor Day. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Mondays of Labor Day) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 6 or when recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation.

During the closure after Labor Day, LDWF will evaluate landings and determine how much quota remains to be harvested and how best to maximize opportunities for anglers to harvest the remaining red snapper.

For more information on the 2021 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/red-snapper.

The department encourages anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

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