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Spotted seatrout season to begin with new regulations

Spotted seatrout recreational season starts Sunday in the new Western Panhandle Management...
Spotted seatrout recreational season starts Sunday in the new Western Panhandle Management zone. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)(WJHG)
Published: Feb. 24, 2020 at 11:51 AM CST
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Spotted seatrout will open for recreational fishing in our area starting Sunday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioners say the new Western Panhandle management zone's season opens March 1st. The zone includes all state and federal waters from Escambia County through the portion of Gulf County west of 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes west longitude. This does not include Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon.

Commissioners also say the new recreational bag limit for this zone is three fish per person, per day. They also say there are new statewide size limits. Spotted seatrout must be between 15 and 19 inches in total length, with one over 19 inches per vessel allowed.

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