March 31 Notice: The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center and access to Shell Island Road is closed until further notice. Check back for updates.
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.
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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.