When to keep and release Redfish

Redfish also known as Red Drum season is separated into three zones:

Northwest Zone: Escambia through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County

Size Limit: Minimum of 18″ and no more than 27″ total length

Daily Bag Limit: 2 fish per person per day 8 fish vessel limit

Northeast Zone: Flagler through Nassau counties

Size Limit: Minimum of 18″ and no more than 27″ total length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day 8 fish vessel limit

***All state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County is catch-and-release ONLY through May 10, 2019

South Zone: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County (west coast) and Miami-Dade through Volusia counties (east coast)

Size Limit: Minimum of 18″ and no more than 27″ total length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day 8 fish vessel limit

***All state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County is catch-and-release ONLY through May 10, 2019

**Update 2/19/2020

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.

One of our favorite jig heads for redfish on the flats is the Skyline Killer Bee Jig Head

 

Below is the map for each of the zones:

red drum management zones redifsh map

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