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Snook Season in Atlantic Closing in 5 Days

Hurry up if you want to keep a snook!

Well, anglers on the East Coast have only five days left to keep a snook this season, and then both coasts of Florida will have to wait until September 1st to hook-and-keep snook again.

Yes, recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1.

Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal and state waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1.

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Snook is also closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, through Aug. 31, reopening Sept. 1.

Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida's valuable snook populations and improve the fishery for the future.

Snook can be caught and released during the closed season, but anglers should use proper handling methods to ensure the species' abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more and see a video about catch and release fishing and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater" then "Recreational Regulations" and "Fish Handling."

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