Anglers are running out of time to land one of the Sunshine State’s prized game fish this year. That’s because Florida’s recreational harvest season for snook closes on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.
Florida snook season will remain closed in Atlantic state and federal waters through January 31, 2020.
Snook have a high tolerance for low salinity and may also be found and fished in the Indian River Lagoon, St. John’s River, Lake Okeechobee, and Kissimmee River. Those areas are also closed through January 31.
Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.
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.
Florida Snook Slot Size Limit
During open season, only snook measuring between 28 inches and 32 inches may be kept.
Florida Snook Keep Limit
The keep limit for snook is 1 per angler per day.
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.
These carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This information is important to the FWC in completing stock assessments.