Salt Water Fishing Regulations in Leon County, FL

Salt Water Fishing Regulations in Leon County, FL
Although Leon County is one of only a handful of inland counties in Florida, saltwater fishing regulations apply when catching any fish typically regarded as saltwater. Because of Florida's low elevation and proximity to the coast, many saltwater species can be caught inland in the state's rivers.

Freshwater Fishing License

Because the bodies of water in Leon County are regarded as freshwater, a freshwater fishing license from the state is required to fish these waters.

Saltwater Fishing License

A saltwater fishing license is required to take any fish that is generally regarded as saltwater. The exception is fishing for mullet in freshwater, in which a freshwater fishing license is still required.

Shoreline Fishing License

As of Aug. 1 2009, a license is required for anyone fishing from shore or a structure attached to shore. The cost of the license is $9 for Florida residents.

License Exemptions

Exemptions apply, including anyone younger than 16 years old, fishing from a for-hire vessel, fishing from a pier that has a pier license, Florida residents older than 65 years old, and Florida residents in the Armed Forces home on leave.

Size Limits, Bag Limits and Seasons

Saltwater species are managed on an individual and area basis. Obtain a copy of the current regulations for individual species in a given area from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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