Recreational Red Snapper Season Open


The recreational red snapper season started June 17 in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida and will remain open through July 31 with 12 days in the fall.

The Gulf federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits begins June 1 and will close at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 19.

For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in the season, but are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.

If you plan to fish for red snapper in any state or federal waters off Florida 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). Sign up at To learn more, visit

When catching red snapper and other deep-water fish, look out for symptoms of barotrauma (injuries caused by a change in pressure), such as the stomach coming out of the mouth, bloated belly, distended intestines and bulging eyes. When releasing fish with barotrauma, use a descending device or venting tool to help them survive and return to depth. Learn more at

To learn more about the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers,” which is under the “Regulations by Species – Reef Fish” tab.

Looking to keep up to date on Florida’s saltwater fishing regulations? Find them on Fish Rules App. Learn more at or follow Fish Rules at or