I have seen some impressive numbers of shrimp being gathered by personal anglers in the past few weeks. Like the photo taken by a local fisherman out of Sabine lake. The implementation of different types of gathering devices has allowed for many enthusiastic fisherman to produce great quantities for their families. This lead me to the Texas parks and wildlife departments page and the regulations and restrictions on personal shrimping. Check out their page at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/shellfish-regulations/shrimp-regulations
Follows is an excerpt from the shrimping regulations page.
Shrimp may be taken for personal use (bait or food). Shrimp taken for personal use may not be sold.
A person taking or attempting to take shrimp from salt water for non-commercial purposes is required to have a valid fishing license and a saltwater fishing stamp endorsement.
Legal Sport Shrimping Devices
Cast Net (see restrictions)
Seine (see restrictions)
Individual Bait-shrimp Trawl (see following)
Individual Bait-shrimp Trawl
Only 1 trawl per boat is allowed.
Must have an individual bait-shrimp trawl tag in one's possession while trawling.
Must not be greater than 20 feet in width between the doors.
Mesh size must not be smaller than 8-3/4 inches over a consecutive series of 5 stretched meshes.
Boards must not be larger than 450 square inches each.
Salt waters of the state are divided into the following groups:
That part of the Gulf of Mexico extending from the shoreline seaward to nine nautical miles. Shrimp may not be taken from outside waters during closed seasons.
All bays, passes, rivers or other bodies of water landward from the shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. In these waters, the tide rises and falls and saltwater shrimp are found or migrate. Shrimping is not permitted within any natural or man-made pass leading from the inside waters to the outside waters of the state.
Sabine Lake north of Cameron Causeway to south of a line marked by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Sabine Neches Canal/Sabine River) between the easternmost tip of Goat Island to the western most tip of Stewts Island
Trinity Bay southward from a line extending from the mouth of Double Bayou in Chambers County to Double Bayou Channel Marker 14, to Separator C-2, to Point Barrow in Chambers County
East Bay westward from a line extending from Frozen Point to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Marker 12
Matagorda Bay westward of a line extending from a location on the mainland (where a line running immediately northwest [bearing 330 degrees] from Shellfish Marker A intersects the mainland), thence southeasterly to Shellfish Marker A located near the mainland, thence to Shellfish Marker B located near the end of Shell Island Reef, thence to the tide gauge located near the Matagorda Peninsula, and thence southeasterly [bearing 153 degrees] to the Matagorda Peninsula.
East Matagorda Bay
Tres Palacios Bay south from a line from Grassey Point to the mouth of Pilkington Bayou
Espiritu Santo Bay
Lavaca Bay southward of State Highway 35
San Antonio Bay southward of a line from McDowell Point to Mosquito point
Corpus Christi Bay exclusive of the area bounded by the line extending from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at the southwest point of the Dagger Island chain, along Dagger Island to the southeast tip of Ransom Island, then southeast to the westernmost point of land north of Marker 14 in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel
All exclusive of tributary bays, bayous and inlets, lakes and rivers
Includes major bays and those listed here:
West Bay south and west of Interstate Highway 45 Causeway bridge and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway inclusive of the area south of a line extending westward from Interstate Highway 45 Causeway Bridge at Virginia Point, along the southern edge of Tiki Island to the northeastern tip of North Deer Island at Channel Marker 48
Trinity Bay northward from a line extending from the mouth of Double Bayou in Chambers County to Double Bayou Channel Marker 14, to Separator C-2, to Point Barrow in Chambers County
The Old Brazos River lying north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Brazoria County
Upper Laguna Madre
Lower Laguna Madre, including the Brownsville Ship Channel
The entire Gulf Intracoastal Waterway exclusive of all tributaries
No Shrimping Allowed - Those coastal waters not specifically named above as Major Bays or Bait Bays are considered Nursery Areas. Includes tributary bays, bayous, inlets, lakes and rivers that serve as significant growth and development environments for postlarval and juvenile shrimp. Does not include outside waters, major bays or bait bays.
Shrimping Special County Restrictions
It is unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take shrimp with a trawl in the Laguna Madre north of a line starting on the mainland at the most northeasterly point on the north side of the entrance to Whiteley Channel then proceeding in a straight line to the north end of Pita Island; then continuing on a line to the southernmost point on the westerly most spoil island bordering the north side of the New Humble Channel (commonly referred to as Hap's Channel); then continuing on a line along the north edge of the New Humble Channel (commonly referred to as Hap's Channel) to its junction with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; then continuing on a straight line to the Nueces/Kleberg County line marker on Padre Island.