Closed

June 1 - July 31

This brief summary of regulations governs the taking of species in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico for personal use. Federal waters begin where state waters  end and extend 200 miles. The absence of complete laws, rules and regulations in this summary does not relieve persons from compliance with those laws, rules or regulations.

Some species are subject to in-season closures. Please click on the fish for more detailed information, or check with the Council.                                                                                          

Basic Recreational Fishing Regulations

Snapper

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

 

Closed

Opens June 1 Private Angler Closure 12:01 am local time June 11

Federal CFH Closure 12:01 am July 15

Open

12” TL

10 within the snapper aggregate

Open

12” TL

10 within the snapper aggregate

Closed

Open

8” TL

20 within the 20 reef fish aggregate

 
 
 
 

 



 
 
 

Open

12” TL

10 within the snapper aggregate


 

Open

16” TL

10 within the snapper aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

10 within the snapper aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

10 within the snapper aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

10 within the snapper aggregate


 

Grouper

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Open

Closed

February 1 through March 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break

Open

Open

Open

Open


 

Open

July 1 - December 2

(Closes 12:01 am Dec 3)

22” TL

2 per person in aggregate

Open

22” TL

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

20” TL

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

16” TL

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

4 per person in aggregate


 

Open

No Size Limit

1 fish per vessel


 

Open

No Size Limit

1 fish per vessel


 

 

Harvest Prohibited

Other

Reef Fish

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Coastal Pelagics

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Open

12” FL

5 per person


 

Open

30” FL

1 per person

Subject to in-season closure

Open

14” - 22” FL

5 per person in aggregate


 

Open

14” - 22” FL

5 per person in aggregate


 

Open

33” FL

2 per person


 

Open

12” FL

15 per person


 

Open

24” FL

2 per person


 

Shellfish

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Closed

April 1 through August 5

NOTE: 2 Day Mini-season last consecutive Wednesday/Thursday in July

Open

3” minimum carapace

Must be measured in water

Open

3” minimum carapace

Must be measured in water

 

Closed

Closed

June 1 - July 31

Closed

Other

Jan       

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

August

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec


Harvest Prohibited

 


Open

10” TL

10 within the 20 reef fish aggregate



Open

20” TL

4 per person in aggregate 

2-fish bag limit reduction effective May 7, 2015

 

Open

14” FL

2 per person

Open

30” FL

1 per person

Subject to in-season closure

In-Season Closure

Effective 2/7/15 - 12/31/15

Subject to reduced season length

In-Season Closure

Effective 2/7/15 - 12/31/15

Subject to reduced season length