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Spotted Seatrout

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May 11, 2019-May 31, 2020: all spotted seatrout catch-and-release ONLY from the Pasco-Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

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Spotted Seatrout

Regulations

Northeast Zone

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

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

Commercial vessel limit of 150 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Open Season: June 1-Nov. 30

Northwest and Southwest Zones

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

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

Commercial vessel limit of 150 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Open Season:  June 1-Oct. 31

May 11, 2019-May 31, 2020: all spotted seatrout catch-and-release ONLY from the Pasco-Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County. 

Southeast Zone

Slot limit: 15-24 inches

Daily harvest limit:

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

Commercial vessel limit of 150 when two or more licensed fishermen are aboard

Open Season: May 1- Sept. 30

Spotted Seatrout zone map

*NOTE: Sale and possession of seatrout inventory is allowed for 30 days after the season closes. All spotted seatrout inventory must be reported to the FWC on the Closed Season Spotted Seatrout Declaration and be submitted to the FWC by the seventh day after a regional closure. A copy must be kept at the place of business through the 30 days following a closure. After 30 days following a regional closure, no spotted seatrout may be possessed in a closed region.

  • Northwest: Escambia County to Fred Howard Park Causeway (June 1- October 31)
  • Southwest: Fred Howard Park Causeway to Monroe County line at Card Sound (June 1- October 31)
  • Southeast: Miami-Dade County at Card Sound to Volusia County line (May 1- Sept 30)
  • Northeast: Volusia County to Nassau County (June 1- November 30)

License Requirements:

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

Gear Requirements:

hook and line, cast net


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles