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New Speckle Trout Limit #13935174 03/24/21 10:09 PM
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TPW Commission approves emergency rule
At its March 24 meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved an Emergency Rule changing the speckled trout limits and size restrictions in the Upper and Lower Laguna Madre.

The rule will provide for a three-fish limit (as opposed to the current five-fish limit) and size restrictions of 17-23 inches (as opposed to the current 15-25 inches, with one fish allowed over 25 inches).

The changes will apply from the JFK Causeway south to the Rio Grande River inshore, and also will apply to surf-fishing.

Robin Reichers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Director of Coastal Fisheries, told the commission the changes would result in a 27-percent increase in the spawning stock biomass over current limits, although it takes two years to accomplish those results.

“The changes would help keep fish in the water through the spawning season (late April through September),” he said.

TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith said the changes would begin when the Emergency Rule is filed with the Secretary of State, with a goal of filing the rule on April 1, giving the department time to issue press releases to notify anglers of the changes.

The commission expressed the desire to law enforcement that the changes initially be treated largely as educational, with warnings instead of citations until anglers become aware of the rule change.

Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13935379 03/25/21 12:33 AM
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This is a great thing, with so many of us on the water nowadays. I would like to see this include more of the coast that was impacted.

Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13935415 03/25/21 12:58 AM
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I was hoping for catch and release for 2 years then maybe this new law for 2 more years after. But it is better then nothing.

Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13935586 03/25/21 03:04 AM
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Glad to see the change. thumb


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Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Captain Nathan Beabout] #13935735 03/25/21 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Nathan Beabout
This is a great thing, with so many of us on the water nowadays. I would like to see this include more of the coast that was impacted.

Exactly can't figure out why it is limited to LLM. Some of the numbers TPWD is putting out regarding dead trout in East Matty is so far in left field. It's been well documented how hard that bay was impacted.


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Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13939507 03/28/21 06:41 PM
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Totally agree. Try some CPR and just keep a small bag to eat. More hush puppies and fries 🍟

Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13941129 03/30/21 12:30 AM
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Hopefully the fish stocks recover quickly

Re: New Speckle Trout Limit [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13943123 03/31/21 08:44 PM
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Good news for Louisiana guides

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