FLORIDA ATLANTIC SNOOK REOPENS

Florida snookFlorida just announced that it will reopen the recreational harvest season for snook on February 1 in Florida's Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The snook season is reopening on the Atlantic coast only.

Anglers may keep one snook between 28 and 32 inches total length per day in the allowable harvest areas only. Fishermen targeting snook must have a snook permit as well as a saltwater license unless they are exempt from having a license. Using snatch hooks and spears is prohibited.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

The harvest of snook remains closed in all of Florida's Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, until August 31. Anglers may still catch-and-release snook during the closure, but Florida's Fish and Wildlive Commission (FWC) encourages everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release.

The Gulf closure went into effect on December 15, 2010, after the population was impacted by prolonged cold weather. The closure will give the Gulf snook population time to rebound. A stock assessment completed by the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is due to the Commission in 2012.

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” for more information on snook.