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ADVOCACY ALERT: TPWD Public Meetings to Gather Input on Spotted Seatrout Management

By October 4, 2023 October 17th, 2023 2021Freeze

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public input on Spotted Seatrout harvest regulations, including bag and size limits along the entirety of the Texas coast.


As you likely know, following the February 2021 freeze event, which impacted tens of thousands of Spotted Seatrout, emergency and temporary reduced harvest regulations were put into place in several bay systems with the goal of accelerating recovery of the popular game fish. The temporary regulations expired on Aug. 31, and former statewide bag and size limits were reinstated. Click here to read our article titled “The Spotted Seatrout Situation” for more information on how we arrived at this juncture.

Next Steps

TPWD Coastal Fisheries staff will host several public scoping meetings on the coast to gather input from stakeholders and constituents concerning Spotted Seatrout management options.

The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment at the following public meetings:

If you live near one of the meeting locations, we encourage you to attend, view the fisheries data, and provide feedback to TPWD staff.

Angler participation in this scoping process is paramount as TPWD considers future management of Spotted Seatrout.

You can also read the full TPWD press release by clicking here.