Florida Keys Fishing Regulations

 

2014 FLORIDA KEYS FISHING SEASONS: ATLANTIC

  • Stone Crab: Opens 10/15, Closes 5/16
  • Groupers: Opens 5/1, Closes 12/31
    [Includes gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and tiger]
  • Spiny Lobster: Mini Season Open July 30-31
    Opens 8/6, Closes 3/30

Prohibited Species: Goliath Grouper, Nassau Grouper, Queen Conch, Prohibited Sharks, Sturgeon, Spotted Eagle Ray.

These seasons are taken from the 2014 Recreational Seasons Fishing Calendar for Atlantic FL State Waters. To see more detailed information about grouper season see FWC’s Atlantic Grouper Rules which include all state waters of Florida Keys’ Monroe County. Be sure to verify the most recent regulations.

2014 FLORIDA KEYS RECREATIONAL SEASONS: GULF

  • Stone Crab: Opens 10/15, Closes 5/16
  • Greater Amberjack: Opens 8/1, Closes 5/31
  • Grouper: Opens 5/1, Closes 12/31
    [Includes gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and tiger]
  • Snook: Opens 9/1, Closes 11/30.  Reopens 3/1, Closes 4/30.
  • Gray Triggerfish: Opens 8/1, Closes 5/31
  • Red Snapper: Opens 6/1, Closes 7/11. Federal waters only (9 miles from shore Gulf side). State water regulations under consideration.

These seasons are taken from the 2014 Recreational Seasons Fishing Calendar for Gulf of Mexico FL State Waters. Be sure to verify the most recent regulations.

Consider downloading the Fish Rules app before you go fishing, which shows you at a glance if a fish is in season, how many you can keep and how big the fish have to be.

FISHING REGULATIONS

For detailed information , see FWC’s Quick Chart of saltwater fishing regulations. (PDF)

To see the regulations for each species regarding allowable size and quantity, see FWC’s chart of minimum size and bag limits.

For spearfishing, see NOAA’s brochure on Monroe County Spearfishing Regulations. (PDF)

For lobstering, see NOAA’s brochure on Monroe County Lobstering Regulations. (PDF)

For fishing outside of state waters (beyond 9 miles from shore to the Gulf, or 3 miles from shore to the Atlantic) see Federal Regulations. The PDF guide also includes fish measurement guidelines and a fish identification chart.

For an extensive collection of recreational saltwater fishing links and information, visit FWC’s page. Included are species-specific regulations.

If you are still unsure about any particular regulation, call FWC’s Regulatory Outreach at 850-487-0554 any weekday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

FISHING LICENSES

Per Florida state law, all persons fishing in Florida waters must obtain a fishing license. This includes those renting a boat. All parties on the boat fishing must possess a license except those under 16 years or age or Florida residents over 65 years of age.
The cost of the license is as follows:

Resident:
$17.00 annual fee
Extra fees for snook, lobster and tarpon

Non Residents:
$47.00 annual
$30.00 7 day
$17.00 3 day
Extra fees for snook, lobster and tarpon

Purchase by phone: 800-347-4356
Purchase online at FWC’s website: https://license.myfwc.com/
Purchase on arrival to the FL Keys at the following Marathon FL locations:

Capt. Hooks Marina
11833 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL Keys

K-Mart
5561 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL Keys

Disclaimer: To the best of our knowledge, the information provided is accurate, but verify regulations with the state and federal authorities before fishing, as regulations can change throughout the year. For more information please go to www.myfwc.com/fishing.