LDWF: Red snapper landing estimates through Oct. 1, 2023

Liz Murrill, the Republican Party of Louisiana’s nominee for Attorney General, with a mess of red snapper. She went 30 miles south of Port Fourchon with her son Paul Murrill and staffer Elisabeth Daigle. They each got a limit!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through October 1, 2023. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 777,674 pounds, or 83.2% percent, of Louisiana’s 2023 annual private recreational allocation of 934,587 pounds have been harvested during the 2023 red snapper season.

Average weight estimates and the proportions of state and federal charter harvest have been updated and are reflected in the landings estimates table.

On Monday, July 17, the daily creel increased to 4 fish per person with the same 16-inch total length minimum size limit until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation.

For more information on the 2023 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/red-snapper.

LDWF reminds charter captains and crew that they are not allowed to keep a limit of red snapper on either a state or federal charter trip.

Charter captains, including those fishing from vessels with a valid federal charter/headboat permit, are required to have a valid Charter ROLP to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, triggerfish and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters. A Charter ROLP covers all paying anglers on a charter trip. A Charter ROLP is also valid for the captain on any private, recreational offshore trips he may take. Charter captains should not get a separate ROLP for private trips; they only need a Charter ROLP.

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) is required to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, gray triggerfish and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters. This permit is free of charge.