AUSTIN – Louisiana and Texas have taken a big step to share consistent recreational fishing regulations governing their bordering waters. The new regulations are scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 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 state line boundaries and old river channels, so anglers currently must abide by two sets of rules.
“Although we still have a few differences in regulations, these changes should make it much easier for anglers on both sides of border to keep track of bag and size limits,” said Gary Saul, fisheries director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We hope this will result in less angler confusion and increased compliance.“
The compromise regulations for Toledo Bend affect channel, blue and flathead catfish and black and white crappie. 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 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Web site at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/changes12.phtml#txla.