Atlantic snook harvest season opens Sept. 17; other areas remain catch-and-release
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The recreational harvest season for snook will be
open from Sept. 17 to Dec. 15 in Florida's Atlantic state and
federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee
River. Catch-and-release-only fishing for snook still is
legal in all other areas.
Anglers may keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches
total length per day in the open harvest areas. Licensed
saltwater anglers must purchase a $10 permit to harvest
snook. Snatch-hooking and spearing snook are prohibited, and
it is illegal to buy or sell snook.
The harvest of snook remains closed in all of
Florida's Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park and Monroe
County state and federal waters until Sept. 1, 2011, to protect
snook populations affected by Florida's prolonged cold weather
earlier this year. Anglers may still catch and release snook
during snook harvest closures, and the FWC encourages everyone to
handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their
survival upon release.
More information about management of snook in
Florida is available at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on "Fishing -