The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through July 25, 2021. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 487,027 pounds, or 58 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. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Labor Day) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation.
For more information on the 2021 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/red-snapper.
LDWF would like to remind anglers that the recreational seasons for the harvest of gray triggerfish and greater amberjack have reopened on August 1 and will remain open through October 31. Anglers will have the opportunity to harvest these species in combination with red snapper, however, gray triggerfish and greater amberjack will be open 7 days per week while red snapper is only open on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
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.