Spotted Seatrout Florida Fishing Regulations

Spotted Seatrout

(Photo courtesy Maria Conchita/iNaturalist CC BY-NC)

 

Spotted Seatrout

(Photo courtesy Maria Conchita/iNaturalist CC BY-NC)

UPDATE

Catch-and-release only measures for spotted seatrout extended through May 31, 2021, in state or federal waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

SW Florida Catch-and-Release Measures

Spotted seatrout is catch-and-release only in state and federal waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.

This is a proactive change to conserve spotted seatrout impacted by the prolonged red tide in southwest Florida. While these species need additional time to recover, the red tide that was impacting southwest Florida has subsided.

These catch-and-release measures remain in effect through May 31, 2021, and are not replaced by the statewide regulations changes that went into effect Feb. 1, 2020.

Similar measures are in place for red drum and snook.

Spotted Seatrout Management Zones

State and federal waters off Florida

  • Western Panhandle: Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.
  • Big Bend: Remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line.
  • South: Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County.
  • Central East: Palm Beach through Volusia counties.
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.

Western Panhandle-Big Bend Seatrout Management Zone

Regulations

Area

Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.

 

Limits

Bag limit: 3 per harvester

Zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip

Slot limit: More than 15″ and less than 19″ total length

May possess one over 19 inches per vessel included in the bag limit

Seasons and other regulations

Closed February

Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net

 

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