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Florida Snook Seasons, Bag and Slot Limits for 2024

Season is open in the east, set to open in March elsewhere.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new management regions and regulations for snook in state waters. These regulations, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2024, establishes nine snook management regions and establish open seasons as well as bag and slot limits for each region, which are detailed below:

Common Snook
Common Snook

Panhandle, Big Bend, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay

  • Open season: March – April, September – November
  • Bag limit: 1 fish
  • Slot limit: 28-33 inches

Charlotte Harbor, Southwest

  • Open season: March – April, October – November
  • Bag limit: 1 fish
  • Slot limit: 28-33 inches

Southeast, Indian River Lagoon, Northeast

  • Open season: February – May, September – Dec. 14
  • Bag limit: 1 fish
  • Slot limit: 28-32 inches
FLORIDA SNOOK REGIONS
snook map
Florida's snook-fishing regions.

As part of this new management approach, FWC staff intends to monitor and evaluate these regulations annually. To see the latest snook annual reviews, which provide a summary of the snook fishery status in each management region, visit www.MyFWC.com/Snook. This landing page will also have formal descriptions of the boundaries for the new regions.

“Through innovative management strategies like this, which allow us to be agile in our response to concerns, we are ensuring that Florida’s future generations of anglers will have access to this iconic fishery,” said FWC's Chairman Rodney Barreto.


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