June 27, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper. The season is set to begin on September 16, and will remain open until November 15, in both state and federal waters.
The bag limit for gag grouper in Louisiana state waters is up to five gag grouper within a five grouper aggregate bag limit at a minimum size limit of 22 inches total length. Federal regulations allow only two gag grouper within a four grouper aggregate bag limit with a minimum size of 22 inches total length.
The recreational gag grouper season is set based on rules issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service as recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council.
Captain and crew of vessels operating as charter vessels have a bag limit of zero. For further information on gag grouper regulations please visit http://www.gulfcouncil.org/fishing_regulations/index.php
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.