Sharing A Boarder Sharing Regulations
For the first time, Louisiana and Texas will share consistent recreational fishing regulations governing their bordering waters. The new regulations are scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2011. Biologists from the two states have agreed upon regulations that are biologically sound and consistent on both sides of the boundary.
The two states share waters along most of their common border, supporting excellent recreational fisheries and attracting thousands of anglers each year. The line between the two states follows the Old Sabine River down through the middle of Toledo Bend, so anglers currently must abide by two sets of laws.
The potential for error for even the most conscientious angler is extremely high. For example, an angler with a legal fish in Louisiana can simply drift over the state line into Texas waters and be in violation of their regulations. Unfortunately, many anglers have been cited because of the unnecessary confusion.
The proposed compromise regulations for Toledo Bend affect channel, blue and flathead catfish and black and white crappie. Proposed regulations for Caddo Lake and the Sabine River deal with those species in addition to white, yellow, largemouth and spotted bass.
The new regulations can be found on LDWF's website at //www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations.