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Spotted Seatrout

Update

Catch-and-release only measures for spotted seatrout extended through May 31, 2021, in state or federal waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

SW Florida Catch-and-Release Measures

Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release only in state and federal waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.

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.

These catch-and-release measures remain in effect through May 31, 2021, and are not replaced by the statewide regulations changes that went into effect Feb. 1, 2020.

Similar measures are in place for red drum and snook.

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.

NOTE: Spotted seatrout remain catch-and-release in Pasco County, as well as waters south of Pasco County through Gordon Pass in Collier County, through May 31, 2021.

 

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

(except waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, which are catch-and-release through May 31, 2021)

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

Area

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

NOTE: Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.

 

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

Open year-round

(except waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, which are catch-and-release through May 31, 2021)

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

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