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Cold weather fishing ban in Coastal Bend

Port Aransas is not affected by the ban on saltwater fishing in place until Jan. 3 in the Coastal Bend. The ban was put in place by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

A saltwater fishing ban posted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not affect Port Aransas but is in place in Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Pass and Packery Channel in Corpus Christi. The closure is in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Freezing weather conditions along the coast cause fish to congregate and slow down, making them easier to catch. It can also kill fish in shallow bay waters.

“The high mortality that a freeze can cause may deplete fish stocks for years,” said Robin Reichers, director of TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division. “Protection of the surviving fish during the few days when they are especially vulnerable to capture would likely shorten the time period for overall recovery of coastal species, especially spotted sea trout.”

TPWD asks anglers and coastal residents to report freeze-related fish kills or large numbers of sluggish or cold-stunned fish to the department’s Law Enforcement Communications office at (281) 842-8100 or (512) 389-4848.

Barge traffic through the Laguna Madre has also been halted until temperatures warm up.

The ban does not affect freshwater fish.

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