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Fishing rules and regulations in Islamorada, FL, are enforced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Here is a summary of some common regulations that anglers should be aware of. Please note that fishing regulations can change, so it's essential to check the FWC website or consult with local authorities for the most up-to-date information:

Fishing License

A fishing license is generally required for recreational fishing in Florida waters. Anglers aged 16 and older must have a valid Florida fishing license, unless they are exempted by certain criteria, such as being a Florida resident over 65 years old or a Florida resident with a qualifying disability. Non-residents may obtain a short-term or annual fishing license. Licenses can be obtained online through the FWC website or from authorized retailers.

Size Limits

Size limits are in place for various fish species to protect juvenile fish and ensure sustainable populations. Here are some common size limits in the Islamorada area:


Slot limit of 18 to 27 inches, with only one fish per person per day allowed to be harvested within the slot limit.


Slot limit of 28 to 32 inches on the Atlantic coast (includes Islamorada), with one fish per person per day allowed to be harvested within the slot limit. Seasonal closures may apply.

Speckled Trout

Slot limit of 15 to 19 inches on the Atlantic coast (includes Islamorada), with a daily bag limit of 4 fish per person.

Yellowtail Snapper

Minimum size limit of 12 inches, with a daily bag limit of 10 fish per person.


Protected Species and Catch-and-Release

Certain species, such as bonefish, tarpon, and permit, are highly valued for catch-and-release fishing. These species may have special regulations, including strict size and handling guidelines to ensure their survival. It's crucial to handle these species carefully, avoid removing them from the water for extended periods, and release them promptly to maximize their chances of survival.

Seasonal Closures

Some fish species have seasonal closures during specific times of the year to protect their spawning periods or ensure sustainable populations. It's crucial to check the FWC regulations for any closures or restricted seasons that may apply to the targeted species.

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