4 Florida counties open gag grouper recreational harvest

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State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30. The season includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.

State waters off these four counties will reopen to recreational gag harvest from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The gag grouper season in the remainder of Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters is open from June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic grouper rules.

If you plan to fish for gag grouper from a private recreational vessel off Florida, make sure to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler prior to your fishing trip (annual renewal is required). To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/SRFS. Sign up today at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.