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Latest Florida Fishing News & Regulation Changes

August 12, 2021

Scallop Season Opening August 16 – Sept 24

Here’s a link for more information so you can stay legal during your scallop collecting in 2021.

If you love scallops, why not go collect your own? They’re expensive and delicious. Go get yours!

August 10, 2021

Redfish, Snook, and Spotted Seatrout Catch and Release Extended

Tampa Bay snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release measures extended. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has extended measures making snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release only in Tampa Bay through Oct. 11. These changes went into effect earlier this summer due to recent impacts from red tide. The Commission decided to keep these measures in place until they can be reevaluated at the next Commission meeting in early October. Under these measures, snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are catch and release in all waters in Manatee County north of State Road 64, Hillsborough County and in Pinellas County. The Braden River and all tributaries of the Manatee River are also included but not Palma Sola Bay and the Anclote River.

August 6, 2021

Spiny Lobster Season Starts August 6

Spiny lobster opens for recreational and commercial harvest Aug. 6. The recreational daily bag limit and on-the-water possession limit is six lobster per person. Spiny lobster must have a carapace longer than 3 inches and, when harvested by diving, must be measured in the water. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace.

See more information at our Spiny Lobster Guide >


August 5th, 2021

Red Tide Notice

Red tide is on the Gulf Coast (West coast) in waters off these counties and at these concentrations:

Southwest Florida

  • Pasco – up to medium concentration.
  • Pinellas – up to high. Some respiratory irritation reported. Some fish kills observed. Hotline here.
  • Manatee – up to medium. Some respiratory irritation reported. Some fish kills observed.
  • Sarasota – low to high. Some respiratory irritation reported. Some fish kills observed.
  • Charlotte – up to medium. Some respiratory irritation reported. Some fish kills observed.
  • Lee – up to medium. Some respiratory irritation reported.

Northwest Florida

Low concentrations for all tested counties except medium noted in Pasco county.

Florida’s East Coast – no red tide found.


August 3, 2021

Redfish Summit 2021

The first annual redfish meeting to go over the state of the fishery. All invited. Some technical topics. Great information for guides and tour companies.

Florida redfish summit - a new annual meeting to discuss the red drum fishery.

Please join us for a day-long public discussion on redfish biology and management in Florida, including a presentation on an updated stock assessment, information about habitat and water quality, and interactive discussions about future management of the fishery.

Register online to attend the in-person event at MyFWC.com/Redfish2021. Space is limited.

When: August 24, 2021 (all day)
Where: Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474
Learn more: 850-487-0554 | Marine@MyFWC.com | MyFWC.com/Redfish2021


August 1, 2021

Snook, Trout, Spotted Seatrout are now CATCH AND RELEASE through September 16

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are catch-and-release in Tampa Bay through Sept. 16 due to recent impacts from red tide. This includes all waters in Manatee County north of State Road 64, Hillsborough County, and in Pinellas County. The Braden River and all tributaries of the Manatee River are also included, but not Palma Sola Bay or the Anclote River. Links for more information: News release [MyFWC.com]

Greater Amberjack Season Opens August 1

Gulf recreational harvest opens Aug. 1

The recreational greater amberjack season in Gulf state and federal waters opens Aug. 1 and is scheduled to remain open through Oct. 31. Make sure you have the State Reef Fish Angler designation on your license if you plan to fish for greater amberjack from a private vessel.