Red Snapper Season is Here!

What to expect in this year's Red Snapper season on the Gulf!

Red Snapper Season is Here!

One of the most exciting fishing seasons has arrived! Red Snapper season is one that locals and visitors look forward to every year. For information on Red Snapper season on the Gulf and ideas on how you can experience the fun, continue reading!

Hoping to visit the Gulf Coast this summer? Check out our variety of vacation rentals. We have options for you including beachfront condos in Destin to luxury rental homes on 30a. No matter what kind of getaway you are hoping for, we have the perfect accommodation for you.


The season started on June 1, 2023, and will remain open until August 25, 2023. It is incredible to watch the fleets of boats that will cruise in and out of the harbor each day hoping to reel in a Red Snapper, no matter which city along the Gulf Coast you visit.

When you go fishing for Red Snapper, you can keep two per person or ten per boat, whichever number happens first. Please be aware of the size of Red Snapper you keep. It is important to let the smaller Snapper grow and be ready for another season. Also, you could be fined for keeping Red Snappers that are smaller than the dictated length of 16 inches.

Fishing Charters

Each city along the Gulf Coast has fishing charters that offer a unique experience. Booking a fishing charter is one of the best ways to truly experience the Gulf of Mexico. You can book a half-day charter (4 hours) or a full-day charter (8 hours). We recommend choosing a half day if it is your first fishing charter, if you are traveling with kids, or if you want to have a free afternoon to relax.

To find the ideal fishing charter for your family in your favorite vacation destination, visit our Gulf Coast Guide! We include links to our favorite fishing charters in Panama City Beach, Destin, and more.

Red Snapper Recipe

After returning to your vacation rental, cook up your catch of the day with the following recipe! If you don’t feel like preparing a meal, we recommend calling your favorite seafood restaurant in the area and seeing if they can cook it for you.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parsley and Capers


  1. Melt the butter and juice the lemon.
  2. Mix the butter, lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper together.
  3. Pat the Red Snapper dry.
  4. Place the Red Snapper into an oven-safe pan. Drizzle the butter mixture over the top of the Red Snapper.
  5. Top with parsley and capers.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

We hope you get to experience the excitement that comes with Red Snapper season on the Gulf of Mexico.