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  • Spotted seatrout: new zones, regulations, and Western Panhandle seasonal closure effective Feb. 1

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -  These changes were made to benefit spotted seatrout populations while continuing to provide quality fishing opportunities.
  • Open House Flyer

    FWC invites public to Harris Chain of Lakes Open House

    Friday, January 10, 2020 -  The FWC will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 3-8 p.m. at the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake at 200 S. Disston Ave., Tavares, FL 32778. This free event is open to the public.
  • Evn years Blue Crab retrieval zone map

    Cancelled: St. Johns River blue crab trap closure

    Friday, December 27, 2019 -  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has cancelled the blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 16-25, 2020,
  • FWC sets 2020 Gulf County bay scallop season

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 -  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2020 bay scallop season in Gulf County (including St. Joseph Bay) via Executive Order to open Aug. 16, 2020, and remain open through Sept. 24, 2020, closing Sept. 25.
  • Recreational blue crab trap registration required starting Jan. 1, 2020

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019 -  Starting Jan. 1, 2020, recreational harvesters age 16 and older who fish with blue crab traps will need to complete an online, no-cost recreational blue crab trap registration before placing their traps in the water. A similar requirement has been in effect for recreational stone crab traps since Oct. 15.
  • Several grouper closures start Jan. 1 in Gulf and Atlantic waters

    Monday, December 16, 2019 -  Gag grouper will close to recreational harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1, 2020.
  • FWC approves changes to spotted seatrout rules

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 -  At its meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several rule changes for spotted seatrout. Spotted seatrout are one of Florida’s most popular inshore fisheries. Based on the results of a recent stock assessment and after hearing concerns from anglers, FWC worked with stakeholders to create a suite of regulatory changes that would benefit the spotted seatrout as well as continue to provide quality fishing opportunities.
  • Lane snapper closing Dec. 13-31 in Gulf state and federal waters

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 -  Lane snapper will close Dec. 13-31 in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
  • FWC honors 2019 Lionfish Challenge winners

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 -  At its December meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) presented trophies to the first-place winners of the 2019 Lionfish Challenge. The Lionfish Challenge awards participants for their efforts in removing lionfish from Florida waters. Participants who remove the most lionfish are crowned the Recreational Lionfish King or Queen and the Commercial Champion.
  • Seatrout Held By Angler

    With temperatures dropping, can you handle the fish?

    Friday, December 6, 2019 -  While many anglers sing the praises of Florida’s warmer fishing months, seasoned anglers know that winter can offer great fishing opportunities for some of the state’s most sought-after fish species. As the temperatures drop, you’ll spot many anglers, including veteran kayak angler Stephen Stubbs, following spotted seatrout to fresher water, where the fish congregate in large schools.