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FWC extends some licenses with March or April deadlines for 30 days

March 27, 2020 – The health and safety of employees and the Floridians and visitors FWC serves are a top priority. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to impact our communities, the FWC is taking proactive measures. Per FWC Executive Order 20-08 (attached): Any holder of the following specified licenses issued by the Commission with an existing renewal deadline that occurs in the month of March or April 2020, said  deadline is suspended and tolled for a period of 30 days from the existing...

Walton County fishing report for March 23

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of redfish and black drum River: A variety of fish being caught. Everybody’s going fishing Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m....

Walton County fishing report for March 16

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of a wide variety on live shrimp. River: River is still a little high, but coming down. Turkey season this weekend. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m....

Walton County fishing report for Feb. 28

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of redfish and sheepshead River: Some crappie biting, river is high. Deer in rut right now. End of general gun season. Words of wisdom: lock up your guns! Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277...

Spotted seatrout opens March 1 in Western Panhandle zone 

Spotted seatrout (speckled trout) will reopen to recreational harvest in the new Western Panhandle management zone starting March 1. The zone includes all state and federal waters from Escambia through the portion of Gulf County west of 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes west longitude but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon. (see map)  This February closure in the Western Panhandle is one of a suite of changes that went into effect Feb. 1, 2020, to address recent downward trends in spotted seatrout...

Walton County fishing report for Feb. 21

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of redfish at the mouth of the river, some speckled trout in the Intracoastal. River: Crappie biting. Deer in rut right now. End of general gun season. Words of wisdom: lock up your guns! Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331...

Gulf red snapper season announced for 2020

Tallahassee, Fla. – On Feb. 20, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the popular 2020 Gulf red snapper recreational season is set to open June 11 through July 25, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. This season will apply to those fishing from private recreational vessels in Gulf state and federal waters, and to charter vessels that do not have a federal reef fish permit and are limited to fishing in state waters only. Earlier this month, Florida...

FWC approves 2021 and beyond Gulf County bay scallop season

At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the long-term bay scallop season in Gulf County (including St. Joseph Bay) to open Aug. 16 through Sept. 24 each year beginning in 2021. The 2020 season is also Aug. 16 through Sept. 24, and was set late last year after working closely with the local community. The chosen dates allow the FWC to balance stakeholder and community desires with the sustainability of the scallop...

Spotted seatrout: new zones, regulations, and Western Panhandle seasonal closure effective Feb. 1 

Several rule changes for spotted seatrout go into effect Feb. 1, including a closure to spotted seatrout harvest in the new Western Panhandle management zone. Spotted seatrout are one of Florida’s most popular inshore fisheries. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made these changes after reviewing the results of a recent stock assessment and gathering input from anglers. These changes were made to benefit spotted seatrout populations while continuing to provide quality fishing opportunities. The new rule changes...

Walton County fishing report for Feb. 6

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead, some flounder and white trout River: Crappie biting. Surf: A few pompano being caught. Deer in rut right now. Words of wisdom: lock up your guns! Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida...

Historical remembrances of the Choctawhatchee Bay

By James H. Cason, Robert A. Mills, and Paula A. Tully. Interviews by Tavia Copenhaver McCuen, with special assistance from Walter Francis Spence. A publication of Northwest Florida Water Management District, Dec. 1985 The mission of the Northwest Florida Water Management District is to implement the provisions of Chapter 373, Water Resources, Florida Statutes, in a manner that best ensures the continued welfare of the residents and water resources of Northwest Florida. Their core mission is to ensure a clean and...

Walton County fishing report for Jan. 27

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of speckled trout, redfish, white trout, and some sheepshead on the west end. River: Crappie biting. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop, 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat.: 6...