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Gray Triggerfish


Gray triggerfish will close to harvest Oct. 11, in Gulf state waters. It closed in Gulf federal waters Sept. 15. Both areas will reopen to harvest March 1, 2022.

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State Reef Fish Survey

All anglers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida who intend to fish for or harvest certain reef fish from a private vessel are required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation. Those with a Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation will meet the statewide requirement until the Gulf designation expires, even if you are fishing on the Atlantic coast.

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Gulf State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: 15" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person

2021 season:

  • Early quota closure: Closed Oct. 11, 2021, through Feb. 28, 2022, reopening March 1, 2022.
  • Regular season openings: March 1-May 31 and Aug. 1 -Dec. 31.


Atlantic State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: 12" fork length

Daily Bag Limit: 10 per person

Season: Open year-round

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

In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require dehooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude.

Other Regulations

Gray Triggerfish measurements

Gear Requirements:

Federal Waters:

Gulf of Mexico: 2021 early quota closure: Closed Sept. 15, 2021, through Feb. 28, 2022.

Otherwise, opens annually March 1-May 31 and Aug. 1 -Dec. 31 (potential early quota closures) 15" FL; 1 fish bag limit within 20 reef fish aggregate. 

Atlantic: 12” FL; up to 10 per person within the 20 fish “other” snapper grouper aggregate bag limit 


Queen triggerfish are managed as marine life species and must be kept alive until landed. Learn more about regulations for this and other marine life species.