Naples Fishing Report: Snook.
Naples Fishing Report, Monday, February 19, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Snook, In Passes On Drifts! Latest Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and Red Tide Report. We’re mostly focused on Naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.
We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species. Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season. Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!
The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing! The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park. Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!
There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island. They include Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.
Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing! The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post. Marco Island is the most well-known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!
Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitats, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles
“Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.
License Requirements: Snook permit and recreational fishing license
|Atlantic (state and adjacent federal waters, includes Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River)||Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, and Everglades National Park (state and adjacent federal waters)|
|Closed Harvest Season||Dec. 15 – Jan. 31; June 1 – Aug. 31||Dec. 1-end of February; May 1-Aug. 31
|Size Limit||Not less than 28″ total length (TL) or more than 32″ TL||Not less than 28″ total length (TL) or more than 33″ TL|
|Bag Limit||1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for hire limit|
Allowable Gear: Hook and line only
Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.
If you have questions about your snook permit, visit the Snook Permit page.
Research and Biology
To learn more about snook biology and research projects conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, visit their snook page.”
More information at FWC.