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Feb. 23, 2024

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Recreational harvest of snook for Florida’s West Coast will open March 1 

The recreational harvest of snook in the Panhandle, Big Bend, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte
Harbor and Southwest management regions will open March 1, and remain open through April 30.
This includes all Florida state and inland waters as well as adjacent federal waters within each
management region. 

These regions and regulations are part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s
(FWC) holistic management approach for Florida’s most popular inshore fisheries. Through this
approach, seven metrics are used to evaluate the fishery by region, adding a holistic perspective to
management decisions and allowing the FWC to address regional concerns. To learn more, visit
MyFWC.com/Snook. 

Panhandle

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The western boundary is the Florida-Alabama border and the region extends to the
eastern coastal boundary at 84°20.800ꞌ West Longitude in Franklin County near Alligator Point.
Includes all inland waters of the counties named and colored yellow on the map. Does not include
all waters of the Ochlockonee Bay, the Ochlockonee River and its tributaries. map of Panhandle Snook Management Region

Big Bend

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The western coastal boundary is 84°20.800ꞌ West Longitude in Franklin County near
Alligator Point. The region extends east and south to Fred Howard Park, near the border of Pasco
and Pinellas counties. Includes all waters of the Ochlockonee, Withlacoochee and Anclote rivers and
their tributaries. This region also includes all inland waters of the counties named and colored yellow
on the map.

map of Big Bend Snook Management Region

Tampa Bay

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The northern coastal boundary is Fred Howard Park, near the border of Pasco and
Pinellas counties and the region extends south to State Road 64 in Manatee County. Includes all
inland waters of the area colored yellow on the map. Includes all waters of the Alafia, Braden,
Manatee, and Hillsborough rivers and their tributaries. Does not include the waters of Palma Sola
Bay and all waters of the Anclote River and its tributaries. 

map of tampa bay Snook Management Region

Sarasota Bay

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Aug. 31.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The northern coastal boundary is State Road 64 in Manatee County and the region extends
south to 27°04.727’ North Latitude, near the Venice Municipal Airport. Includes all waters of Palma Sola
Bay, Phillippi Creek, Cow Pen Slough Canal and Curry Creek. Includes all inland waters of the are color-
ed yellow on the map. Does not include the waters of the Braden and Manatee rivers.

map of sarasota bay Snook Management Region

Charlotte Harbor

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Sept. 30.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The northern coastal boundary is 27°04.727’ North Latitude, near the Venice Municipal
Airport, and the region extends south to 26°15.227’ North Latitude, near Vanderbilt Beach Road in
Collier County. Includes all inland waters of the area colored yellow on the map. Includes all waters of
the Caloosahatchee, Myakka and Peace rivers and their tributaries. Does not include Lake Okeechobee.

map of charlotte harbor Snook Management Region

Southwest

Open season:  March 1 – April 30 and Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.

Closed season: Dec. 1 – end of Feb. and May 1 – Sept. 30.

Bag limit: One fish per person per day.

Slot limit: 28–32 inches total length.

Boundaries: The northern boundary is 26°15.227’ North Latitude, near Vanderbilt Beach Road in
Collier County, and the region extends through the Florida Keys to the Monroe/Miami-Dade county
line. Includes all inland waters of the area colored yellow on the map and all waters of Everglades
National Park.

map of southwest Snook Management Region

For more information on recreational snook regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Snook.
This page includes the snook annual reviews that provide summaries of key findings
from the annual evaluation of management metrics for each region.

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