Snook Harvest Season has Began
Did you know it’s snook harvest season? The recreational harvest season began statewide on Sept. 1 and will continue through the beginning of December.
While there are an abundance of unique fish here in Florida, snook is another reason why the state is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.”
Due to a 2010 cold kill, gulf snook numbers significantly dropped, but now their numbers meet Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC goals. So, anglers, when you do take advantage of snook harvest season, please handle these fish with care and use moderation when harvesting; the FWC is still trying to reach the population numbers before the cold kill.
Important Information For Snook Harvest Season
- You must have a snook permit and a recreational saltwater license (unless the angler is exempt from the license).
- The daily bag limit is one fish per person.
- No snagging. Snook can only be harvested with hook and line gear.
- When harvesting from the Atlantic, the minimum length requirement is 28 inches, and the maximum length is 32 inches. Measure from the most forward point of the head when the mouth is closed to the tip of the tail when it’s compressed while the snook is on its side.
- When harvesting from the Gulf, the minimum is also 28 inches, and the maximum is 33 inches.
- If your snook does not meet the length requirements, release it with care to ensure its survival. You can view tips for the best catch-and-release method here.
Snook harvesting season is closed during these times:
For Gulf state and federal waters (including Monroe County and Everglades National Park):
- Dec. 1–end of February
- May 1–Aug. 1
For Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River):
- Dec. 15–Jan. 31
- June 1–Aug. 31
The FWC asks that carcasses be donated at a local participating bait and tackle store to assist them with research. A detailed county-by-county list of participating stores as well as the guidelines for carcass donations can be found on the FWC website here.