Louisiana anglers get 4 extra days of red snapper fishing starting Friday
Louisiana anglers will get a bonus weekend of red snapper fishing starting Friday.
State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet on Monday approved the added four days so anglers can catch the 44,000 pounds left of Louisiana's limit for the popular gamefish.
The red snapper season in state and federal waters off Louisiana included a total 37 days between May 22 and Aug. 13. The season was open weekends only -- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
It was closed as Louisiana reached 94 percent of its federally imposed recreational limit of 784,332 pounds.
After the closure, Wildlife and Fisheries continued to monitor red snapper landings through the state's LA Creel survey. It used the final tally in deciding to reopen the season so fishermen can catch the remaining 6% of the quota through Labor Day.
"Anglers will have plenty of options this Labor Day lagniappe weekend as recreational greater amberjack and gray triggerfish seasons are open," the agency said in a news release.
A daily limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size will remain this weekend.
The state is overseeing red snapper fishing in state and federal waters, up to 200 miles off Louisiana's coast. For details, visit wlf.louisiana.gov/page/red-snapper.
-- Courier and Daily Comet Executive Editor Keith Magill can be reached at 857-2201 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @CourierEditor.