Artificial Lure: Any lure (including flies) with hook or hooks attached that is man-made and is used as a bait while fishing.
Bait: Something used to lure any wildlife resource. It is unlawful to use game fish or any part thereof as bait.
Community Fishing Lake: All public impoundments 75 acres or smaller located totally within an incorporated city limits or a public park, and all impoundments of any size lying totally within the boundaries of a state park.
- Special fishing regulations apply to these small lakes.
- See a list of Community Fishing Lakes in your area, or call (800) 792-1112 (menu 3).
Daily Bag: Quantity of a species of a wildlife resource, such as fish, that may be taken in one day.
Day: A 24-hour period of time that begins at midnight and ends at midnight.
Fishing: Taking or attempting to take aquatic animal life by any means.
Fishing Guide: a person who, for compensation, accompanies, assists, or transports a person or persons engaged in fishing in the water of this state.
Fishing Guide Deck Hand: A person in the employ of a fishing guide who assists in operating a boat for compensation to accompany or to transport a person or persons engaged in fishing in the water of this state.
Game Fish (includes hybrids or subspecies of fish on this list):
- Bass: Guadalupe, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, striped, white, yellow
- Catfish: blue, channel, flathead
- Crappie: black, white
- Mackerel: king, Spanish
- Marlin: blue, white
- Red drum
- Seatrout, spotted
- Spearfish, longbill
- Swordfish, broadbill
- Trout: brown, rainbow
Gear Tag: A tag constructed of material as durable as the device to which it is attached. The gear tag must be legible, contain the name and address of the person using the device and the date the device was set out. Date is not required for saltwater trotlines or crab traps. For juglines and freshwater trotlines, properly marked buoys or floats qualify as valid gear tags.
Nongame Fish: All species not listed as game fish except endangered and threatened fish which are defined and regulated under separate rules.
Permanent Residence: One's principal or ordinary home or dwelling place. This does not include one's temporary abode or dwelling such as a hunting/fishing club, or any club house, cabin, tent, car, truck, or trailer house used as a hunting/fishing club, or any hotel, motel, or rooming house used during a hunting, fishing, pleasure, or business trip.
Possession Limit: The maximum number of fish a person may possess before returning to their permanent residence. Possession limit is twice the daily bag on game and nongame fish, except as provided in this guide, and does not apply to fish in the possession of or stored by a person at their permanent residence.
Wildlife Resources: Any wild animal, wild bird, or aquatic life.