Snook seasonal closure for Gulf waters
The recreational harvest season for snook will close on Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters and will remain closed through Feb. 28, reopening on March 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.
Snook remains catch-and-release only in state waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, in response to the impacts of red tide. Snook also has a regular season closure in the Gulf that runs from May 1 through Aug. 31.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is expected to review updated monitoring data and consider future management options for the area in early 2021.
Regular season closures are designed to help conserve the species during vulnerable times, such as cold weather. Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, will be closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31, reopening to harvest on Feb. 1.
Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook” for more information. Improve data and report your catch on the Angler Action Foundation iAngler app at AnglerActionFoundation.com.