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Snook closes in Gulf state and federal waters

By Staff | May 1, 2019

Snook closed to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters today, May 1.

Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Snook also remain catch and release only in waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County due to impacts from the previous red tide.

The FWC will discuss whether to extend the current red-tide related measures for the species, as well as red drum and spotted seatrout, for an additional year at its May meeting near Tallahassee.

While snook may be caught and released during the closed season, the FWC encourages anglers to handle their catch carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help to ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come.

To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.” Learn more about recreational fishing also online.