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Snook season to open in most waters in September

By Staff | Aug 29, 2019

The recreational harvest season for snook starts on Sept. 1 statewide, with the exception of state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters remain closed to harvest due to impacts from the severe red tide in 2018.

Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages anglers to use proper handling methods when releasing snook to help ensure the fish’s survival and the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling Tips.”

A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required to harvest snook unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements.

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. The carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch, which the FWC uses in completing stock assessments. For the county-by-county list of stores, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” then “Snook” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

Anglers can also report and record their catch data using the Angler Action Foundation’s iAngler app.

If you see a fishery violation, call the Wildlife Alert Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

For more information including bag and size limits, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”