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Spotted Seatrout

Regulation Update

At its October meeting in Cape Canaveral, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several draft rule changes for spotted seatrout. Based on public comment at the meeting, the Commission also directed staff to continue considering public input and update the proposal as needed prior to bringing this back at a future meeting for final approval.

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The FWC is working on future changes to the management of this fishery. Learn about the current status of the seatrout fishery, staff’s proposal for future management and share your input.

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Regulation Change:

Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release only in state or federal waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2020. This is a proactive change to conserve spotted seatrout impacted by the prolonged red tide in southwest Florida. While these species need additional time to recover, the red tide that was impacting southwest Florida has subsided.

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Management Zones

Spotted Seatrout zone map

Regulations extend into federal waters.

Northwest: Escambia County through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County.

Southwest: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County line at Card Sound.

Southeast: Miami-Dade County at Card South through Volusia County.

Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

Regulations

Northeast Zone

Spotted Seatrout

Minimum Size Limit: More than 15" and less than 20" total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit) 

Daily Bag Limit: 6 per harvester

Season: Open year-round

Northwest Zone

Minimum Size Limit: More than 15" and less than 20" total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit)

  • 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. Pasco County is in the NW management zone.

Daily Bag Limit: 5 per harvester

Season: Open year-round

Southeast and Southwest Zones

Minimum Size Limit: More than 15" and less than 20" total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit)

  • 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. 

Daily Bag Limit: 4 per harvester

Season: Open year-round

Gear Requirements:

  • Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net