Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the preliminary private recreational red snapper landing estimates for 2021. LA Creel, LDWF's near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 823,151 pounds, or 101 percent, of Louisiana’s 2021 annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds have been harvested to date.

LDWF would like to remind anglers that the red snapper season closed on December 31 at 11:59 p.m.  The season is scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend of 2022.

The private recreational red snapper season reopened Friday, September 24 in both state and federal waters 7-days a week with a daily bag limit of four fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

For more information on the 2021 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit

The department encourages anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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