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Bay scallop season opens Aug. 16 in St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County 

Recreational bay scallop season for Gulf County (including all of St. Joseph Bay) opens Aug.16 and will remain open through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. Scalloping, possession of scallops, anchoring or tampering with restoration activities is prohibited during and after the scallop season in the restoration area marked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) buoys south...

Walton County fishing report for July 30

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Mixed bag of redfish, black drum, trout, black snapper, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, lady fish, and skip jacks. River:  Crappie bite is on along with catfish and bass. 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...

FWC approves draft changes to flounder regulations

At its July Commission meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft changes to the management of Florida’s flounder fishery. These changes will be brought back to the Commission in October for final consideration. A stock status update suggests that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend in recent years and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Other states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have...

FWC approves measures to support recovery and restoration of oysters in Apalachicola Bay

October FWC meeting will determine if suspension of oystering until 2025 is approved July 22, 2020 –  At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft regulation changes to further support restoration and recovery of oysters in Apalachicola Bay. Historically, nearly 90% of Florida’s and 10% of the nation’s wild oysters came from Apalachicola Bay. But the Apalachicola Bay oyster population has been declining since 2013 after years of low water flow conditions. Despite the...

Walton County fishing report for July 17

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Good reports of redfish, black drum, and a few speckled trout. River:  Bream biting, crappie slacking off. Offshore: Bite is still crazy good! A variety of everything. 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)...

Walton County fishing report for July 3

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Good reports of redfish, black drum, and speckled trout. River:  Catfish, bass, shellcracker. Offshore: Bite is still crazy good! A variety of everything. 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....

Walton County fishing report for June 24

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Good reports of redfish and scattered speckled trout. River:  Catfish, bass, shellcracker. Offshore: Bite is crazy good! Red snapper, grouper, and a variety of everything. 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...

Walton County fishing report for June 15

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of black drum, black snapper, redfish, and scattered speckled trout reports. River:  Catfish, bass. Offshore: Bite is crazy good! 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...

Bay scallop season opens June 15 in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County

The 2020 recreational bay scallop season for Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County opens June 15 and will remain open through Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020). This includes all state waters from the Suwannee River to the Fenholloway River and includes the towns of Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee. The daily bag limit from June 15-30 in this area is 1 gallon of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 cup shucked per person OR 5 gallons whole or...

Try saltwater and freshwater fishing license-free

This week kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week and what better way to celebrate than to try your hand at fishing in Florida. License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 6 and 7, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 13 and 14. During these weekends a fishing license is not required for Florida residents or visitors. License-free weekends provide an excellent opportunity for non-licensed recreational anglers to experience fishing. “People are getting outdoors now more than ever,” said Eric...