Fishing Laws Change Along Texas-Louisiana Border Waters

Effective September 1, 2011, waters shared by Texas and Louisiana have standardized bag and size limits for game fishes listed below. Affected waters include Caddo Lake, Toledo Bend Reservoir, and the Sabine River from Toledo Bend downstream to the I-10 bridge.


  • The north boundary of Toledo Bend Reservoir moved upstream from the US 84 bridge to the point where the river and state line diverge (coordinates N 31°59.963′, W 94°2.541′). A “Texas State Line” sign is mounted on a tree on the north bank.
  • For blue and channel catfish on all three water bodies, no minimum length limit. The combined daily bag limit is 50 fish, of which only five can be longer than 20 inches.
  • For flathead  catfish, daily bag limit increased from five to 10 fish.
  • For black and white crappie, no minimum length limit. For Toledo Bend, daily bag limit decreased from 50 to 25 and the winter no-release restriction no longer applies.
  • For largemouth, spotted, striped and white bass, regulations on the Sabine River below the dam are the same as Toledo Bend Reservoir.
  • On Caddo Lake:
    • Daily bag  limit for largemouth and spotted bass increased from five to eight fish.
    • The 14-18 inch slot length limit for largemouth bass remains in effect, but anglers may keep no more than four largemouth bass measuring 18 inches or longer.
    • No minimum length limit for white bass.


Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department