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Snook and redfish are catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide. This includes all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, including all waters in Hillsborough County. This temporary change remains in effect through May 10, 2019, but snook will remain catch-and-release through Aug. 31, due to a regularly scheduled annual season closure. FWC plans to discuss the impacts of red tide on these fisheries at the May 1-2 Commission meeting. 

Common snook

Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

 

 

 

Regulations

Atlantic

(state and adjacent federal waters, includes Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River)

Season: Closed Dec. 15-Jan. 31 and June 1-Aug. 31

Slot Limit: Not less than 28" or more than 32" total length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for-hire limit

Gulf, Monroe County, Everglades National Park

(state and adjacent federal waters)

Season: Closed Dec. 1-end of February and May 1-Aug. 31 NOTE: All state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County is catch-and-release ONLY through Aug. 31, 2019

Slot Limit: Not less than 28" or more than 33" total length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for-hire limit

 

Snook map

License Requirements: Snook permit and recreational fishing license

Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Zone Map