Texas Salt Water Fishing Regulations

Texas Salt Water Fishing Regulations
Salt water fishing is a popular form of fishing in the state of Texas. This is mainly due to the larger size of the catchable fish in the ocean verses the lakes within the state. However, like most other states that have an ocean coastline, there are specific requirements and regulations you must follow to be considered a legal salt water fisher. If you choose not to follow the rules, you may either be fined or, for more extreme cases, serve prison time.


You must have a salt water fishing license, and these licenses are fairly easy to obtain. Just purchase them from either a local store which carries the licenses, over the phone with the state's direct line, or by using the Internet. If you would like to see if a store near you sells the license, visit the "Store Finder" link in Resources. A link to the online purchasing page is available through Resources as well, or call this toll free number, (800) 792-1112, during normal business hours.

State Lines

It is important to stay within nine miles of the coastline while in Texas because this the extent of the state's border into the ocean. Once you cross this invisible barrier you are crossing into United States waters, which have different regulations than the state of Texas. Breaking these U.S. Federal fishing laws can result in the loss of fishing privileges as well as a fine.

Bag and Length Limit

While salt water fishing, there is a bag and length limit for most fish. That is, there is a specific number of fish in each category that you can catch (bag), and all fish must be a minimum length to make sure that you are not catching and keeping young, immature fish. The actual bag and length limits per fish differ. For example, the daily bag limit for bass fish is five, and the length needs to be at least 18 inches. On the other hand, only one Amberjack can be caught every day with a minimum length requirement of 34 inches. See Resources for a complete list of these bag and length requirements.

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