Gov. DeSantis Announces 57-Day 2022 Gulf Red Snapper Recreational Season


Gov. Ron DeSantis recently visited the Destin Harbor and announced that the 2022 Gulf red snapper recreational season will extend for a total 57 days, the longest season since the state assumed management of red snapper. It will include both a summer and fall season.
Those fishing from private recreational vessels in state and federal waters in the Gulf and charter vessels without a federal reef fish permit who are limited to fishing in state waters will be able to participate in the 2022 Gulf red snapper season. “Snapper season is one of the most exciting times to be fishing in Florida, and I am excited to announce the longest season since the state took over management of red snapper,” said Gov. DeSantis. “People travel from all over to enjoy the recreational opportunities we have in Florida that can’t be found anywhere else. Florida is proud to continue providing access and opportunities to all who want to experience the Fishing Capital of the World.”

The 45-day summer season will begin on June 17 and continue through July 31. The 12-day fall season is the longest fall season since the beginning of state management and spans the following dates:

• October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
• November 11-13 (Veteran’s Day Weekend), 25-27 (Weekend after Thanksgiving)

“For decades we have been proud to be known as the worlds luckiest fishing village,” said Jennifer Adams, Director, Okaloosa County Tourist Development. “And as you stand here today in Destin Harbor, you can see why. The impact of fishing extends far beyond our docks. This past year visitors spent more than $736 million in our community and that money goes directly back to the local economy.”

If you plan to fish for red snapper in state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, even if you are exempt from fishing license requirements, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required) at

Find more on recreational snapper regulations at