Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

We want to hear from you! The Division of Marine Fisheries Management is conducting a short survey to help determine priority areas for marine fisheries management projects. Marine fish and invertebrates are your resources. This is your opportunity to assist in the management of your resource. The survey will be available to take through June 25. Take the survey.  Learn more about upcoming workshops too.

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Oligoplites saurus


  • Body silvery, bluish above
  • Fins yellow
  • Rear parts of dorsal and anal fins consist of a   series of finlets
  • Spinous dorsal fin has 5 well-developed, unconnected spines.
  • Lateral line nearly straight
  • Scales tiny, embedded
  • Skin appears smooth

Size: To 12 inches

Habitat: Enters bays and estuaries, often in turbid waters   

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From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

Going Fishing? 

Visit External Website for more on Florida saltwater fishing including fishing hotspots and reports, or click on one of the links below. 

Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries




Recreational Regulations
Hot Topics/Latest News


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Commercial Regulations Guide Adobe PDF
Trap Retrieval/Debris Removal
Apply for a license
Commercial data


Other Marine Fisheries Information

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FWC Facts:
Least killifish rarely exceed 1 inch in length and are the smallest of Florida’s freshwater fish.

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