Gag grouper season kicks off April 1 in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor Counties will soon be filled with fishermen looking to catch the big one.

Gag grouper season for state waters begins April 1, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The season will go through June 30.

The season includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.

A second season for these waters will be September 1 through December 31.

Gag grouper season in the other parts of the Gulf of Mexico's state waters will open June 1 and close December 31.

Gag grouper caught April 1 to June 30 from the four county open region may be landed on the Gulf County side of Indian Pass and the Dixie County side of the Steinhatchee River, but may not be taken ashore in other areas closed to harvest.

State waters are from the shore to nine nautical miles out.