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Open & Close Dates

Florida fishing regulations and fishing season opening and closing dates:

  • Great amberjack: Harvest is closed until April 30. Harvest re-opens May 1.
  • Gag grouper: Recreational harvest in Atlantic waters will be open from May 1 through June 15, 2024. Harvest will remain closed for gag grouper until May 1, 2025.
  • Other grouper: Harvest opens May 1 in Atlantic waters. Includes red grouper, black grouper, scamp, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth, coney, graysby, red hind, and rock hind. Excludes gag grouper. Harvest closes Jan. 1, 2025.
  • Red snapper: No season dates have yet been announced by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • Hogfish: Harvest re-opens May 1.
  • Blueline tilefish: Harvest re-opens May 1.
  • Alligator: Application dates for hunt season (Aug. 15-Nov. 1) limited entry permits begin May 3. More info here: MyFWC.com/license/limited-entry/apply
  • Bass: Bass at Headwaters Lake is strictly catch-and-release.
  • Golden tilefish: Harvest closes March 1 in federal waters of the South Atlantic. Season re-opens Jan. 1, 2025. Harvest closed based on the annual catch limit set by NOAA.
  • Lobster: Harvest closed on March 31. Sport season (mini-season) will be July 24-25, 2024.
  • Snook: Harvest opens Feb. 1 along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Bag limit: 1 per angler per day. Size limit: No shorter than 28 inches and no longer than 32 inches. License: Saltwater fishing license and $10 snook stamp required unless exempt. See MyFWC.com for exemptions and regulations.
  • Spotted seatrout: Harvest re-opened Jan. 1. Central East region regulations — Bag limit: 2 per harvester, zero captain and crew bag limit when on a for-hire trip. Slot limit: More than 15 inches and less than 19 inches in total length. May possess one over 19 inches per vessel or, if fishing from shore, one over 19 inches per person, included in the bag limit. Harvest closed Nov. 1-Dec. 31.
  • Cobia: Bag limit: Two fish per vessel. Size limit: 36 inches fork length. There is no closed season.
  • 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 5 fish per day per angler. Vessel limit is 30 fish per day. Captain and crew may not be included in the limit. Regulations in state waters began on May 1, 2022.
  • Flounder: Size limit: 14 inches. Bag limit: 5 fish per person. Harvest closed Oct. 15-Nov. 30.

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