Fishing Regulations for Guadalupe River

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Black bass
For largemouth and smallmouth bass, minimum length limit = 14 inches. No minimum length for Guadalupe or spotted bass. Daily bag limit is 5 fish for all four species in any combination.
White, striped and yellow bass
For striped and hybrid striped bass, minimum length limit = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5 in any combination. For white bass, minimum length = 10 inches and daily bag is 25. There are no bag or size limits for yellow bass.
Carp
There is no minimum length limit or daily bag limit for common carp.
Catfish
For channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit = 12 inches and daily bag limit = 25 in any combination. For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5.
Crappie
For white and black crappie, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit = 10 inches. Daily bag limit = 25 in any combination.
Gar
For alligator gar, daily bag limit is 1 fish of any size. No bag limits on other species of gar.
Sunfish
There is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.
Trout
Outside special trout zone
For rainbow and brown trout, their hybrids and subspecies, there is no minimum length and daily bag limit = 5 trout in any combination.
Special regulation zone
In Comal County from the second bridge crossing on River Road upstream to the easternmost bridge crossing on FM 306, minimum length limit on rainbow and brown trout is 18 inches and daily bag limit is one fish. All trout harvested must be caught on artificial lures. In this area only, artificial lures cannot contain or have attached either whole or portions, living or dead, of organisms such as fish, crayfish, insects or worms, any other animal or vegetable material, or synthetic scented materials. This does not prohibit the use of artificial lures that contain components of hair or feathers.

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