There are many types of snapper anglers target along the Gulf — Lane, Mutton, Vermillion, Mangrove and the most popular, the Red Snapper. 

A popular target due to its excellent texture and flavor, the red snapper is highly regulated.

  • Average size: An average red snapper may weigh one to 30 pounds.
  • Habitat: Snapper are reef fish and tend to aggregate in rocky bottom environments and oil rig platforms.
  • Limits: Seasons within the state border (out to 9 miles) for the red snapper are set by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Snapper in state waters in managed by the department, and the commission may open and close the season to match the quote for the year. Red snapper season out of state waters is federally managed and regulated. The daily limit for red snapper is currently 2 per angler with a minimum total length of 16 inches.