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Fishing is permitted throughout the Reserve as long as all activities comply with state laws as governed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

BEFORE YOU DO ANY RECREATIONAL FISHING PLEASE READ THE LATEST REGULATIONS.

Recreational fishing represents a primary public use of Reserve resources, and there are numerous charter boats, fishing guides, and boat rental services nearby to quench the thirst of sport fishermen. In the quiet backwaters of the Reserve, some of the most popular recreational species include redfish, mangrove (gray) snapper, spotted sea trout, and the ever-elusive tarpon. Snook populations are still rebounding from the freeze of 2010 and seasonal closures remain in effect.

Sustainable Fishing Practices

Sport fishing is a popular pastime within the boundaries of Rookery Bay. Proper fish handling and compliance with state and federal regulations helps ensure Florida's fisheries remain healthy and productive. Find the most up to date information on research-based catch and release practices from Florida Sea Grant to help protect and conserve our marine fisheries.

Read more about Catch & Release Fishing

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