Freshwater Fishing

Texas Freshwater Fish Limits: Top 27 Game Fish List

Texas freshwater fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends. If you’ve never been, here are some of the most popular fish in Texas.

The following are the permissible sizes and bag limits for game fish in Texas. These restrictions only apply to freshwater bodies in the state, with the exception of those noted otherwise.

This article will cover:

  • List of Texas game fish bag and size limits
  • How to measure a fish's length
  • Frequently asked questions

You can find out how many of each species of fish is legal to catch at any given time by reading our helpful guide below.

Bass Aggregate Bag Limit

  • Location – all public fresh waters except locations stated in the Exceptions to Statewide Freshwater Harvest Regulations.
  • 5 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, Alabama, and spotted bass species, unless stated otherwise
  • Seasons – The species is open year-round unless otherwise indicated

Catfish Aggregate Bag Limit

Crappie Aggregate Bag Limit

  •  25 fish per harvester per day aggregate bag limit in any combination of black, white and hybrid species, unless stated otherwise.

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Texas Game Fish List

Note: Texas does not place any bag or size restrictions on freshwater fish that are not listed below.

Alabama Bass

Guadalupe Bass

Hybrid Bass

  •  State Bag Limit: 5 (included in the bass aggregate bag limit)
  • State Min Length: 18 inches
  • Lake Texoma Bag Limit: 10, possession limit: 20
  • Lake Texoma Min Length: none
  • Lake Texoma Max Length: two may be 20 inches or greater daily
  • Culling of striped bass and hybrid striped bass is prohibited.

Largemouth Bass

Palmetto Bass

  • State Bag Limit: 5 (included in the bass aggregate bag limit)
  • State Min Length: 18 inches
  • Lake Texoma Bag Limit: 10, possession limit: 20
  • Lake Texoma Min Length: none
  • Lake Texoma Max Length: two may be 20 inches or greater daily
  • Culling of striped bass and hybrid striped bass is prohibited.
Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Spotted Bass

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

  • State Bag Limit: 5 (included in the bass aggregate bag limit)
  • State Min Length: 18 inches
  • Lake Texoma Bag Limit: 10, possession limit: 20
  • Lake Texoma Min Length: none
  • Lake Texoma Max Length: two may be 20 inches or greater daily
  • Culling of striped bass and hybrid striped bass is prohibited.

Sunshine Bass

  • State Bag Limit: 5 (included in the bass aggregate bag limit)
  • State Min Length: 18 inches
  • Lake Texoma Bag Limit: 10, possession limit: 20
  • Lake Texoma Min Length: none
  • Lake Texoma Max Length: two may be 20 inches or greater daily
  • Culling of striped bass and hybrid striped bass is prohibited.

White Bass

  • Daily Bag Limit: 25
  • Minimum Length: 10 inches

Yellow Bass

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Blue Catfish

Channel Catfish

Hybrid Catfish

Flathead Catfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: 5
  • Minimum Length: 18 inches
Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Hybrid Crappie

White Crappie

Alligator Gar

  • State Bag Limit: 1
  • State Min Length: None
  • State Mandatory Harvesting Reporting: Required - See Regulations Here
  • Falcon Reservoir Limit: 5, possession limit: 10
  • Falcon Reservoir Min Length: none
  • Falcon Reservoir Max Length: two may be 20 inches or greater daily
  • Falcon Reservoir Mandatory Harvesting Reporting: Not required

Paddlefish

  • Harvest not allowed

Saugeye

  • Daily Bag Limit: 5 (including 2 that can be less than 16 inches in length)
  • Minimum Length: None

Gizzard Shad

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Threadfin Shad

  • Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None
Bluegill Sunfish

Bluegill Sunfish

Bluegill Sunfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Green Sunfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Long Ear Sunfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Red Ear Sunfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Warmouth Sunfish

  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Minimum Length: None

Brown Trout

  • Daily Bag Limit: 5 in combination with rainbow trout
  • Minimum Length: None

Rainbow Trout

  • Daily Bag Limit: 5 in combination with brown trout
  • Minimum Length: None

Walleye

  • Daily Bag Limit: 5 (including 2 that can be less than 16 inches in length)
  • Minimum Length: None

How To Measure A Fish's Length?

Here is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPWD) approved method of determining the legal length. It can be achieved in two ways.

For a soft-tailed:

  • Place the fish on its side, with the jaw closed.
  • Squeeze the tail fin together to get the longest total length possible.
  • Determine the length of a straight line from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail fin.

For a hard-tailed:

  • With the jaw closed, lay the fish on its side.
  • Measure a straight line from the end of the snout to the very end of the tail fin.

Caution: A game warden from the State of Texas may issue a ticket to anybody who is caught with an oversize saltwater fish.

For more information on measuring fish, refer to the TPWD site.


Frequently Asked Questions


What Is The Catfish Size Limit For Texas?

There is a combined bag limit of 25 fish applied to blue, channel, and hybrid catfish without a size restriction. Flathead catfishing is limited to 5 fish in a 5-fish bag with an 18-inch minimum length limit.


What Is The Striped Bass Size Limit For Texas?

The Texas striped bass limit is a 10-fish daily bag and with a minimum size of 25 inches.


What Is The White Bass Size Limit For Texas?

The Texas white bass limit is a 10-fish daily bag and with a minimum size of 25 inches.


What Is The Largemouth Bass Size Limit For Texas?

The Texas largemouth bass limit is a 5-fish daily bag and with a minimum size of 14 inches.


What Is The Smallmouth Bass Size Limit For Texas?

The Texas smallmouth bass limit is a 5-fish daily bag and with a minimum size of 14 inches.

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About the author 

Tracy Villarreal

Tracy has been fishing Texas' beaches, piers, and inshore waters for over 30 years. A kayak fisherman for the last three years, Tracy is dedicated to helping others make the most of their trips by writing informative tips, guides, and onpoint articles based on his own experience since 2018.

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