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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...

Compete in the 2020 Lionfish Challenge

Now is the time to register for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge. The Lionfish Challenge is an incentive program that rewards harvesters for their lionfish removals. With a tiered system, everybody can be a winner. The participant who harvests the most lionfish will be crowned the Lionfish King/Queen. The Challenge is open now and will run through Labor Day (Sept. 7). Register online at FWCReefRangers.com at any time. There are two categories: recreational (number of lionfish) and commercial (pounds of lionfish)....

Walton County fishing report for June 3

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of trout, black drum, black snapper, and scattered redfish. River:  Catfish, shellcracker. 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 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m....

Gulf red snapper season announced for 2020

The popular 2020 Gulf red snapper recreational season is set to open for private recreational vessels June 11- July 25 (45 days). The Gulf season for federally-permitted for-hire operations is June 1-Aug. 1. “Gulf red snapper is a conservation and management success story for Florida anglers,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) chairman Robert Spottswood. “Just a few years ago, a 45-day season for red snapper in both state and federal waters was out of reach. Thank you...

FWC needs your input on future management of the flounder fishery 

FWC will be holding two virtual flounder workshops to gather public input about management of the flounder fishery. 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. These workshops will start at 6 p.m., EDT on June 2 and June 4. Connect to the meeting by going to FWC.adobeconnect.com/mfm. A number to call into will be on the...

June 1 saltwater fishing openings/closures 

Starting June 1, 2020 the following saltwater fisheries will open or close to harvest: Gag grouper opens for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters (season opening does not include Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties, which opened April 1, nor Monroe County, which follows the Atlantic state season and opened May 1.) Snook closes for recreational harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters. Greater amberjack closes for recreational harvest in Gulf state...

Walton County fishing report for May 22

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and black snapper River:  Catfish, bluegill, shellcracker, hybrids up the river and some frogging. 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 May 12

Fishing is good! Surf/Gulf: All kinds of fishing being caught, pompano, redfish, whiting, Spanish mackerel, amberjack season has reopened Bay: Good reports of a variety of fish. River:  Everybody’s going fishing and catching shellcracker, bass, catfish, and some crappie 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,...

Walton County fishing report for May 1

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of a variety of fish including black drum, redfish, speckled trout, and Spanish mackerel in the Intracoastal River:  Blue and flathead catfish, shellcracker. 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.:...

Walton County fishing report for April 17

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of a variety of fish. Good fly fishing. River:  Everybody’s going fishing and catching bream, catfish, shellcracker, and more! 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...

Walton County fishing report for April 4

Fishing is good! Bay: Good reports of a variety of reds, and more. River:  Everybody’s going fishing and catching bream, catfish and more! 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 p.m. Sat.:...

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...