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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...

Walton County fishing report for Jan. 17

Fishing is good! Bay: Some trout, good redfish biting. Schools of redfish being seen. Surf: Some pompano being caught. River: Crappie and bass 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....

Walton County fishing report for Jan. 11

Fishing is good! Bay: Good speckled trout bite, small. Flounder near the jetties in Destin. 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. – 4 p.m. Sun.: Closed...

Walton County fishing report for Dec. 17

Fishing is good! Bay: Good speckled trout bite, all sizes biting on mirrolures. Some redfish bites. River: Crappie bite is on. 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....

Recreational blue crab trap registration required starting Jan. 1, 2020

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, recreational harvesters age 16 and older who fish with blue crab traps will need to complete an online, no-cost recreational blue crab trap registration before placing their traps in the water. A similar requirement has been in effect for recreational stone crab traps since Oct. 15. This no-cost registration will allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collect needed important information about this recreational fishery for future stock assessments and management decisions. To...

Walton County fishing report for Dec. 13

Fishing is good! Bay: Good speckled trout bite, some white trout, and sheepshead. River: Crappie bite is on. 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. – 4 p.m....

FWC approves changes to speckled trout rules

At its meeting in Panama City Beach Dec. 11, 2019, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several rule changes for spotted seatrout (speckled trout). Spotted seatrout are one of Florida’s most popular inshore fisheries. Based on the results of a recent stock assessment and after hearing concerns from anglers, FWC worked with stakeholders to create a suite of regulatory changes that would benefit the spotted seatrout as well as continue to provide quality fishing opportunities. The following...

Walton County fishing report for Dec. 5

Fishing is good! Bay: Good trout bite, some flounder and sheepshead. River: Crappie bite is on. 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. – 4 p.m. Sun.: Closedalton...

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with license-free saltwater fishing Saturday, Nov. 30

Round out your Thanksgiving festivities with some license-free saltwater fishing Saturday, Nov. 30. License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. This day is part of eight total license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers each year when anglers are not required to have a fishing license to participate. All bag...