Florida’s recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will open statewide on September 1, 2019, with the exception of state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters remain closed to harvest due to impacts from a severe red tide in 2018.
Snook have a high tolerance for low salinity and may also be found and fished in the Indian River Lagoon, St. John’s River, Lake Okeechobee, and Kissimmee River.
A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required to harvest snook unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements.
Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.
Florida Snook Slot Size Limit
During open season, only snook measuring between 28 inches and 32 inches may be kept.
Florida Snook Keep Limit
The keep limit for snook is 1 per angler per day.
Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store.
These carcasses provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This information is important to the FWC in completing stock assessments.