MANATEE — The recreational harvest season for snook opens Sept. 1 statewide.
The snook fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether to take a snook.
Gulf snook populations were damaged by a 2010 cold kill and are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels.
Snook are closed to harvest Dec. 1 through the end of February and May 1 through Aug. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters.In the Gulf, snook must be not fewer than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length.
A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from having a license. Snook may be targeted or harvested with hook and line gear only. Snagging is prohibited.
It is illegal to buy or sell snook.