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Spotted Seatrout

Regulation Change:

Starting Feb. 22-May 10, recreational anglers will no longer be able to harvest spotted seatrout over 20 inches total length when fishing in state or federal waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. 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.

News Release

Update:

Staff have heard concerns about spotted seatrout in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery. To submit your comments, visit the Saltwater Commenting page.

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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

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)

  • Feb. 22-May 10, 2019: fish over 20 inches total length must remain catch-and-release only from the Pasco-Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County. 

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)

  • Feb. 22-May 10, 2019: fish over 20 inches total length must remain 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

Spotted Seatrout

Gear Requirements:

  • Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net