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Red Snapper Season Dates

Gulf Recreational Red Snapper

Those fishing from private recreational vessels or charter vessels will be able to participate in the 2024 Gulf red snapper season. The 61-day summer season will begin on June 1 and continue through July 31. The 42-day fall season is the longest fall season since the beginning of state management and spans the following weekend dates:

September 1--2 (Sunday through Monday of Labor Day Weekend)
September 6--8
September 13--15
September 20--22
September 27--29
October 4--6
October 11--13
October 18--20
October 25--27
November 1--3
November 8--11 (Veterans Day Weekend)
November 15--17
November 22--24
November 28--30 (Thursday through Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend)

Florida is able to offer this long season due to data driven management of the Red Snapper fishery on the Gulf Coast, which is not allowed by the Federal Government on the East Coast of the state. Consequently, the federal government's expected Atlantic Red Snapper Season will last 0-2 days.

In the event of rainy days impacting the number of fishing days, Florida will evaluate additional Gulf Red Snapper season dates to add later in the season. If you plan to fish for red snapper in state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, even if you are exempt from fishing license requirements, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required) at