In the state of Florida snook is regulated by two regions, Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Atlantic region (East coast of Florida) season is closed December 15th – January 31st and June 1st – August 31st. Snook season opens February 1st – May 31st and September 1st – December 14th.
The Gulf of Mexico Region (West Coast of Florida) is closed December 1st – end of February and May 1st – August 31st. Snook season opens March 1st – April 30th and September 1st -November 30th.
Snook size Limits:
The Atlantic region (East Coast of Florida) must be 28″ total length and no longer than 32″ total length
The Gulf of Mexico region (West Coast of Florida) must be 28″ total length and no longer than 33″ total length
You can harvest one snook per day. You must possess a Fishing license and Snook stamp.
**Effective August 30, 2018 All state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County is catch-and-release only through May 10, 2019.
** Effective May 11, 2019 snook will remain catch and release only for an additional year through May 31, 2020. This closure is for all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County on the Gulf Region. Refer to zones map below.
FWC extends snook, red drum and spotted seatrout catch-and-release measures in areas impacted by prolonged red tide
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will extend catch-and-release measures for snook, red drum and spotted seatrout for an additional year via an Executive Order. All three species will remain catch-and-release through May 31, 2021, in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.
These temporary regulation changes were made to help conserve these popular inshore species that were negatively impacted by a prolonged red tide that occurred in late 2017 through early 2019.
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