Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

License Requirements:  Snook permit and recreational fishing license

Florida Regulations:


Atlantic (state and adjacent federal waters)

Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, and Everglades National Park (state and adjacent federal waters)

Closed Harvest Season

Dec. 15 - Jan. 31; June 1 - Aug. 31

Dec. 1-end of February; May 1-Aug. 31

Size Limit Not less than 28"  total length (TL) or more than 32" TL Not less than 28"  total length (TL) or more than 33" TL
Bag Limit

1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for hire limit


Allowable Gear: Hook and line only


2016 Snook Symposium

Links for more information:

If you have questions about your snook permit, visit the Snook Permit page. 

Research and Biology

To learn more about snook biology and research projects conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, visit their snook page. Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

FWC Facts:
Long-term tagging research has helped scientists to understand the life history of snook.

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