Snook Season Closes In Florida Waters
Starting tomorrow, December 15, the recreational harvest ofsnook in Florida will close in all Atlantic coastal and inland waters,including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. Snook season will reopen inAtlantic state and federal waters on February 1, 2012.
At the same time, snook season remains closed in Gulf ofMexico state and federal waters through August 31, 2012, a decision made by theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) during its Junemeeting. The prolonged cold weather during the 2009-10 winter and its affects on snook numbers have beencited for the closure.
The extended Gulf harvest closure is designed to helpprotect snook populations this winter, when they are most vulnerable to coldweather, while at the same time giving snook added protection during next springand summer's spawning months. The belief is that the closures will allow thesnook populations to rebuild to manageable levels.
Anglers may still catch and release snook during the harvestclosure, and the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these fishcarefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Snook regulations applyto snook harvested in both state and federal waters off of Florida, and noperson shall possess any snook caught during the snook closed seasons.
For more information on snook management in Florida, visitvisit MyFWC.com/Fishingand click on Saltwater Fishing, Recreational Regulations and Snook.