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Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 27, 2017 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2018, reopening to harvest March 1, 2018.  

FWC certifies new state record shoal bass

November 22, 2017 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists certified a new state record shoal bass weighing 5.95 pounds and measuring 22.4 inches long, caught by 14-year-old angler Sheldon Grace from Headland, Alabama. Sheldon was excited to catch his shoal bass from a kayak in the Chipola River near Altha, Florida. 

Free Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in Cedar Key

November 22, 2017 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Cedar Key on Dec. 5. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the FWC Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court, Cedar Key. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota promises day of learning, fun

November 03, 2017 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18, at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway. 

FWC plans hydrilla treatment in Lake Hatchineha

October 30, 2017 

The FWC will treat a 150-acre trail to enable navigation on the lake, using herbicides approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  

November weekend added to Gulf gray triggerfish state season

October 25, 2017 

Gray triggerfish will open in Gulf of Mexico state waters for recreational harvest Nov. 4 and 5. During this state season opening, the Gulf state waters minimum size limit is 14 inches fork length and the daily bag limit is two per person, per day. 

Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1 in Keys/east Florida state waters

October 25, 2017 

This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast. The management boundary line is 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable). 

Catch a Florida Memory celebrates 1-year anniversary with new partnerships, monthly raffles

October 17, 2017 

Catch a Florida Memory is excited to kick off new monthly raffles conducted by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. We are also excited to announce our new partnership with McLean Angling. 

FWC conducts Lake Istokpoga plant treatment

October 16, 2017 

The FWC plans to conduct aquatic plant treatments via helicopter on Lake Istokpoga on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The treatment areas will include shallow water marshes on Bumblebee Island and Big Island.  

Reminder: Goliath grouper in-person workshops scheduled in your area

October 13, 2017 

The FWC is hosting several public workshops in your area to gather public input on the management of goliath grouper, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.  

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