Florida fishing laws, rules, and regulations,
Just one word was not enough to describe our Florida rules.

State of Florida water extend out 9 miles from the coast of Florida on the gulf side.
Then it becomes Federal waters, while often they are the same, sometimes they are not.
the question is if they are different, can you bring the fish to land in state waters.
If you fished Federal waters and the law is different??? What can/should you do?
I wish I had the Answer.


This is the Federal laws for the Gulf of Mexico, click button below

Gulf of Mexico- Federal fishing regulations    Federal regulations with pictures of the fish
9 miles out in the gulf starts Federal waters. 


This is the Florida rules for Gulf of Mexico Click button below

Gulf of Mexico Rules- F.W.C. /  Florida  Very easy to read, size regulations 
The Florida Laws go out to 9 miles in the gulf


near Shore & Inshore Salt water rules - F.W.C.  From the beach or in the Bays. Salt / brackish water
Snook, Red Fish, ect.

Fishing License, who needs one. How Much?

Fishing License



Rules for Boca Grande Pass   show where the pass boundaries are.
Also the rules for fishing here during Tarpon season, In Boca Grande Pass only.



    Non regulated  =  NO rules?   Not quite, Read below       








Federal Regulation page   This is the page for complete Federal regulation.

    Grouper Changes       new rules for Grouper 2012

   Gag Grouper Rule Changes    Another new Law for the Gulf of Mexico


Changes to Red fish rules  This is all I can find about the new Red fish laws


Freshwater rules  This is confusing try to find the lake or place/area where you intend to fish.
                                    many places even lake to lake can be different.

FWC Website