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  H.B. No. 1181
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regulation of commercial catfish fishing on Falcon
  Lake.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 66.111(b), Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to:
               (1)  a fish, other than a bass of the genus Micropterus,
  reared in private water under a fish farmer's license;
               (2)  a fish possessed legally outside this state and
  transported into this state;
               (3)  bass of the genus Micropterus reared in private
  water under a fish farmer's license and marketed for the purpose of
  stocking the water of this state;
               (4)  nongame fish regulated under Chapter 67 of this
  code;
               (5)  channel catfish of more than 14 inches in length or
  blue catfish of more than 14 inches in length taken from the public
  fresh water of Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Chambers, Franklin,
  Freestone, Gregg, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson,
  Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morris,
  Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River,
  Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Titus, Trinity, Tyler,
  Upshur, or Walker County, the public fresh water of the Neches or
  Trinity River in Houston County, [or] the public fresh water of the
  Colorado River in Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, or Wharton
  County, or the public fresh water of Falcon Lake in Starr or Zapata
  County.
         SECTION 2.  Title 7, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by
  adding Chapter 351 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 351. STARR AND ZAPATA COUNTIES
  SUBCHAPTER A. FALCON LAKE
         Sec. 351.001.  COMMERCIAL CATFISH FISHING.  (a)  
  Notwithstanding any other law and except as provided by Subsection
  (b), a person may engage in commercial catfish fishing in the
  portion of Falcon Lake in this state that borders Starr and Zapata
  Counties if the person:
               (1)  holds the required commercial fishing license
  issued by the department; and
               (2)  engages in the commercial fishing on a vessel
  licensed as a commercial fishing boat by the department.
         (b)  The department may regulate the amount of catfish taken
  from the portion of Falcon Lake described by Subsection (a) if the
  department determines that regulation is necessary to protect the
  catfish population in Falcon Lake from depletion or waste.
         (c)  The commission may adopt rules related to commercial
  catfish fishing in Falcon Lake.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1181 was passed by the House on April
  12, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1181 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor