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Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 24, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters on May 1.

Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida's valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31 and closing on June 1.

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Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational snook harvest Sept. 1.

While snook may be caught and released during the closed season, the FWC encourages anglers to handle their catch carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help to ensure the species' abundance for anglers today and generations to come.

To learn more about fish handling, visit and click on "Saltwater Fishing," "Recreational Regulations" and "Fish Handling." Learn more about recreational fishing also online.



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