Fishing Rules and Regulations for Sanibel Florida

Fishing Rules and Regulations for Sanibel Florida

In Sanibel and around all of Florida it is important to know the rules and regulations when fishing.  Some of the rules vary by what area of Florida you are fishing.  For example if you were on the East coast of Florida and fishing for snook in mid may you might be able to keep it but if fishing the West coast (Sanibel) in mid May it would have to be released.  Also Florida does require a fishing license.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife commission has a great app to keep all you licenses so you don’t have to worry about keeping a paper copy.  You WILL get checked when fishing around Sanibel.  There is an officer that drives thru Ding Darling preserve regularly and officers  can be seen along the Sanibel Causeway checking for undersized fish.  Make sure you are following all the rules and have all your licenses in order before heading to Sanibel to fish so you don’t have to waste time once here getting it done.

With the rules changing every year on size restrictions and time of year for different species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife website is the best way to check for the most up to date regulations.  For the most up to date regulations go here on their website http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/

 

A quick guide for sizes and seasons with the most common species caught around Sanibel Island that might not be catch and release  (Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Pompano, Tarpon) can be found here http://www.eregulations.com/florida/fishing/saltwater/coastal-species/