State’s red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

LA Creel survey reveals quota set to be reached

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicates the department’s self-imposed quota of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charters sections of the fishery will be harvested by Labor Day, a news release states.

The secretary of the department, Charlie Melancon, has the authority to reopen the recreational season — as has been done in previous years — for additional harvest if finalized landings data suggest that is warranted.

The state season opened on Jan. 8, which will have allowed anglers the opportunity to harvest red snapper for 242 days in state waters this year.