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FWC changes regulations on spotted seatrout

By Staff | Feb 27, 2019

At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a proactive change to conserve spotted seatrout impacted by the prolonged red tide in Southwest Florida while continuing to offer quality fishing opportunities.

At the time, anglers could harvest one spotted seatrout per day that is larger than 20 inches.

As of Feb. 22, recreational anglers will no longer be allowed to harvest any spotted seatrout over 20 inches total length when fishing in state or federal waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. The rule change will remain in effect through May 10.

Red drum and snook are currently catch-and-release only in this region through May 10, as well.

For more information or to provide feedback, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.