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Florida Open & Close Dates 2024

Florida Open & Close Dates 2024 1Florida fishing regulations and fishing season opening and closing dates:

  • Flounder: Harvest re-opens Dec. 1. Size limit: 14 inches. Bag limit: 5 fish per person.
  • Snook: Harvest closes Dec. 15. Catch and release until Feb. 1, 2024.
  • Spotted seatrout: Harvest re-opens Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Hogfish: Harvest closed from Nov. 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024. Season re-opens for harvest on May 1, 2024.
  • Gag grouper: Harvest closed for recreational and commercial sectors on Oct. 23. It re-opens May 1, 2024.
  • Blueline tilefish: Harvest closed Sept. 1 in Atlantic state and federal waters. The season re-opens for harvest on May 1, 2024.
  • Golden tilefish: Harvest closed July 17. Harvest opens Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Lobster: Regular season opened Aug. 6-March 31, 2024: no egg bearers, 3-inch minimum carapace length. A lobster stamp is required.
  • Alligator: Hunt season opened Aug. 15-Nov. 1. Permits required.
  • Grouper: Harvest opened May 1. Includes gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, scamp, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth, coney, grays, red hind, and rock hind.  Harvest closes on Jan. 1.
  • Cobia: New bag and size limits for state waters. Bag limit: Two fish per vessel. Size limit: 36 inches fork length.
  • Redfish: Harvest of redfish has been banned in the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon since Sept. 1, 2022. FWC will reevaluate in the future.
  • Dolphin: The bag limit is five fish per day per angler. Vessel limit is 30 fish per day. Captain and crew may not be included in the limit. These fishing regulations began on May 1, 2022.
  • Bass: Bass at Headwaters Lake will soon become all catch-and-release.

For complete fishing regulations in Florida, go to MyFWC.com.