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Spotted Seatrout

Update

Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release only in state or federal waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.

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Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones

Regulations extend into federal waters.

  • Western Panhandle: Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.
  • Big Bend: Remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line.
  • South: Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County.
  • Central East: Palm Beach through Volusia counties.
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

Western Panhandle-Big Bend Spotted Seatrout Management Zone Boundary

Regulations

Area

Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.

Limits

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

50 fish per person per day or per vessel, whichever is less 

Commercial vessel limit of 100 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Seasons

Open Season: June 1-Oct. 31

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

Area

Remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line.

NOTE: Spotted seatrout remain catch-and-release in Pasco County, as well as waters south of Pasco County through Gordon Pass in Collier County, through May 31, 2021.

Limits

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

50 fish per person per day or per vessel, whichever is less 

Commercial vessel limit of 100 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Seasons and other regulations

Open Season: June 1-Oct. 31

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

Area

Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County.

NOTE: Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.

Limits

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

50 fish per person per day or per vessel, whichever is less 

Commercial vessel limit of 100 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Seasons

Open Season: June 1-Oct. 31

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

Area

Palm Beach through Volusia counties.

Limits

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

50 fish per person per day or per vessel, whichever is less 

Commercial vessel limit of 100 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Seasons

Open Season: May 1-Sept. 30

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

Area

Flagler through Nassau counties.

Limits

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

50 fish per person per day or per vessel, whichever is less 

Commercial vessel limit of 100 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Seasons

Open Season: June 1-Nov. 30

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

License Requirements:

Saltwater Product License (SPL), Restricted Species Endorsement (RS)

Gear Requirements:

hook and line, cast net


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles