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Estero Bay Fish

A wide array of saltwater fish species can be found in Estero Bay. Below are some of the most common species that call southwest Florida home and their corresponding regulation seasons and size limits. Regulations are subject to change – check the FWC’s website for the most up to date rules and regulations.


Redfish | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Red Drum

Sciaenops ocellatus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Slot 18" – 27" total length
  • Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day

Snook | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Snook

Centropomus undecimalis

  • Closed Season: Dec. 1 – Feb. 28; May 1 – Aug. 31
  • Size Limit: Slot 28" – 33" total length
  • Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day

Black Drum | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Black Drum

Pogonias cromis

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Slot 14" – 24" (may possess one over 24" included in bag limit)
  • Bag Limit: 5 fish per person per day

Gray Snapper | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Lutjanus griseus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 10" total length
  • Bag Limit: 5 fish per person within the 10 snapper aggregate bag limit


Cobia | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Cobia

Rachycentron canadum

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 33" fork length
  • Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day or 2 per vessel, whichever is less

Florida Pompano | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Florida Pompano

Trachinotus carolinus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 11" fork length
  • Bag Limit: 6 fish per person per day



Spotted Seatrout | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Spotted Seatrout

Cynoscion nebulosus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: More than 15" and less than 20" total length (may possess one over 20" included in bag limit)
  • Bag Limit: 4 fish per person per day

Sheepshead | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Sheepshead

Archosargus probatocephalus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 11" total length
  • Bag Limit: 8 fish per person per day


Mullet | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Mullet

Mugil cephalus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: None
  • Bag Limit: 50 fish per person per day

Gag Grouper | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Gag Grouper

Mycteroperca microlepis

  • Closed Season: June 1 – Dec. 31
  • Size Limit: Minimum 24" total length
  • Bag Limit: 2 per person within 4 grouper aggregate bag limit

Southern Flounder | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Southern Flounder

Paralichthys lethostigma

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12" total length
  • Bag Limit: 10 per person per day



Spanish Mackerel | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorous maculatus

  • Closed Season: None
  • Size Limit: Minimum 12" total length
  • Bag Limit: 15 per person per day

Ladyfish | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Ladyfish

Elops saurus

  • Unregulated Species

Pinfish | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Pinfish

Lagodon rhomboides

  • Unregulated Species




Blue Runner | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Blue Runner

Caranx crysos

  • Unregulated Species



Crevalle Jack | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Crevalle Jack

Caranx hippos

  • Unregulated Species


Catfish | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Catfish

Arius Felis

  • Unregulated Species

Stingray | Fish of SWFL | Bonita Boat Rentals

Stingray

Hypanus americanus

  • Unregulated Species