Snook seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2022, reopening to harvest Feb. 1, 2022. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.

In the Gulf, all state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, are currently closed to harvest. All Gulf state waters northwest of State Road 64 in Manatee County and south of Gordon Pass in Collier County will reopen to harvest March 1, 2022. Snook remains catch-and-release only in state waters from State Road 64 in Manatee County through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2022, in response to the impacts of red tide. Snook also has a regular season closure in Gulf waters that runs May 1 through Aug. 31.

Regular season closures are designed to help conserve the species during vulnerable periods such as during cold weather.

For more information on snook, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook,” or download the Fish Rules App at Instagram.com/FishRulesApp or Facebook.com/FishRulesApp. Improve our understanding of the recreational fishery and report your catch on the Angler Action Foundation iAngler app at AnglerActionFoundation.com.