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Snook harvest seasonal closure in most Gulf waters to start

By Staff | Nov 27, 2018

The recreational harvest season for snook will close on Dec. 1 in federal and most state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park.

Snook, as well as redfish, remain catch-and-release only in state waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County – includes Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County – through May 10 in response to the impacts of red tide.

Snook outside of that area will reopen to harvest until March 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

Season closures are designed to help conserve snook during vulnerable times such as cold weather. Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, will close on Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, reopening to harvest Feb. 1.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations.”