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Redfish are catch-and-release only from the Pasco/Hernando county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, including all waters in Hillsborough County through May 31, 2020, due to impacts from red tide in that area. 

Similar measures are also in place for snook and spotted seatrout

Learn more. 

Red Drum Management Zones

Red Drum Map

Northwest Zone

Escambia through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County

Slot Limit: Not less than 18" 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 31, 2020. 

South Zone

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

Slot Limit: Not less than 18" 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 31, 2020

Northeast Zone

Flagler through Nassau counties

Slot Limit: Not less than 18" no more than 27" total length

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

 

Other Regulations

Red Drum

Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots

6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.

Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore

Commercial harvest prohibited

Gear requirements:

  • Legal Gear: hook and line, cast nets
  • Illegal Gear: Spearing (includes spearfishing, gigging and bowfishing) and/or use of multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

Red Drum Management

Management of red drum in Florida is considered a success story.  In the late 1980s red drum was overfished, thus several emergency closures were established to reduce fishing pressure. In 1989, the slot limit of 18-27 inches, the bag limit of one fish per person and a closed season from March-May were put in place. Red drum stocks have rebounded and are currently meeting or exceeding the FWC's management goal of 40% escapement in most parts of Florida. Escapement is the proportion of fish that survive through age four relative to the fish that would have survived if there was no fishery.