Recreational fishing is a huge industry and Southwest Florida is considered to have some of the best sport fishing in the nation.
Fishing, both commercial and recreational, has always been an important factor in the economic development of Lee County. In fact, Lee County sells the largest number of snook licenses on the west coast of Florida. As the number of year round residents, seasonal residents and tourists grows there is an increased fishing pressure and the continued destruction of estuarine habitats through development and pollution. This has placed a great strain on the marine resources of Lee County.
Fisheries habitat enhancement, science-based fisheries management strategies and sustainable angling practices are needed to ensure healthy fisheries population.
Responsible anglers follow all fishing regulations and use proper techniques for handling and releasing non-harvested fish to increase chances of survival and sustain our fisheries for generations to come.
BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2009, A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS WHO FISH FROM SHORE.” For more information click here.
More information on
fishing regulations, licenses and measurements from FFWCC
Sustainable Fishing Practices
Lee County Artificial Reef Program
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