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Spotted Seatrout

UPDATE

Southwest Florida map

Pasco County and Tampa Bay:

  • Normal regulations have resumed for spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County and Tampa Bay north of State Road 64 in Manatee County plus the Braden River but not including Palma Sola Bay.

Sarasota Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County:

  • Spotted seatrout harvest has resumed with a six-fish recreational vessel limit. The daily bag limit is three fish south of the Fred Howard Park Causeway on the Gulf coast.
    • Commercial harvesters are also held to the recreational three-fish bag and six-fish vessel limits.
  • These regulations are for all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County including Palma Sola Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River.

Please note, spotted seatrout regulations changed statewide Feb. 1, 2020.

News release

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones

State and federal waters off Florida

  • Western Panhandle: Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.
  • Big Bend: Remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line.
  • South: Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County.
  • Central East: Palm Beach through Volusia counties.
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

Western Panhandle-Big Bend Seatrout Management Zone

Regulations

Area

Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.

 

Limits

Bag limit: 3 per harvester 

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15" and less than 19" total length 

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

Seasons and other regulations

Closed February

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Area

Remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line.

 

 

Limits

Bag limit: 5 per harvester 

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15" and less than 19" total length 

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

SW Florida bag limit:

Spotted seatrout harvest has resumed with a six-fish recreational vessel limit in all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County (including Palma Sola Bay but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River) through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

 

Seasons and other regulations

Open year-round in most state waters (see exception below). 

SW Florida: 

  • Remains catch-and-release only through May 31, 2021, in all state waters from Pasco County  south through State Road 64 in Manatee County (including the Braden River).

Starting June 1, 2021:

  • Normal regulations will resume for spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County and Tampa Bay north of State Road 64 in Manatee County plus the Braden River.
  • Spotted seatrout harvest will resume with a six-fish recreational vessel limit in all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County (including Palma Sola Bay but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River) through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Area

Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County.

 

 

Limits

Bag limit: 3 per harvester with exception in SW Florida listed below.

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15" and less than 19" total length 

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

SW Florida bag limit:

Spotted seatrout harvest has resumed with a six-fish recreational vessel limit in all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County (including Palma Sola Bay but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River) through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.

Seasons and other regulations

Open year-round in most state waters (see exception below)

SW Florida: 

  • Remains catch-and-release only through May 31, 2021, in all state waters from Pasco County  south through State Road 64 in Manatee County (including the Braden River).

Starting June 1, 2021:

  • Normal regulations will resume for spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County and Tampa Bay north of State Road 64 in Manatee County plus the Braden River.
  • Spotted seatrout harvest will also resume with a six-fish recreational vessel limit in all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County (including Palma Sola Bay but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River) through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Area

Palm Beach through Volusia counties.

 

Limits

Bag limit: 2 per harvester 

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15" and less than 19" total length 

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.

Seasons and other regulations

Closed Nov. 1-Dec. 31

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Area

Flagler through Nassau counties.

 

Limits

Bag limit: 5 per harvester 

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15" and less than 19" total length 

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

Seasons and other regulations

Open year-round

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net