Red Snapper Season


snapper red species



Size Limit:  16″ min total length

Bag and Possession Limit:  2 daily, per person

Current Season: 

  • State and Federal waters are open for recreational anglers for 39 days between June 16 and Sept. 4 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, along with Labor Day on September 4th.

  • Here are the red snapper fishing days: June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30 - July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4.

  • There will be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out 9 miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays during this time period, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4.

  • LDWF may choose to close this season early if our self-imposed historical quota is reached.


  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

  • No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel under charter (their creel limit/bag limit is zero).