Gulf Islands National Seashore (Florida) | FISHING AND HUNTING

Shore fishing at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida

Shore fishing at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida

FISHING

A valid Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing License is required to fish in the waters at the Florida Unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore. No special license from the National Park Service is needed.

Park waters surrounding Perdido Key, the Fort Pickens Area, and the Santa Rosa Area extend to the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway to the north and one mile into the Gulf of Mexico on the south side. Naval Live Oaks Area park waters only extend 100 yards out from the shore based on the low tide mark. There are no park waters at the Okaloosa Area.

Shore fishing is allowed anywhere except at Johnson Beach (Perdido Key), Langdon Beach (Fort Pickens), and Opal Beach (Santa Rosa Area) when lifeguards are on duty. Commercial fishing is prohibited in the park waters.

There is a fishing pier at the very western end of Santa Rosa Island at Fort Pickens. No fishing license is needed if you are fishing from the pier. There is a two-pole limit on the pier.

Fort Pickens fishing pier, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fort Pickens fishing pier, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fishing at the jetty on the western end of Santa Rosa Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fishing at the jetty on the western end of Santa Rosa Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore

HUNTING

Waterfowl hunting is allowed within the park boundaries between September and February. Florida state and Federal hunting regulations apply. A permit is required for those 16 to 65 years old. For more information on obtaining a permit, see the park’s Waterfowl Hunting Regulations web page.

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Last updated on April 25, 2022
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