The Ultimate Guide to Panama City Beach Snapper Season

We all have our own unique idea of what the perfect vacation entails. For some, it is enjoying a relaxing time on a beach, or maybe even a boat out on the open waters. For others, perhaps it includes adventures and activities. However, others only care about finding the perfect Panama City Beach condo rental. What if we told you that you do not have to choose?

Here in Panama City Beach, we are always bustling with locals and visitors who have come to know and love our sandy beaches and inviting atmosphere, but we have also attracted a wide variety of anglers, both novice, and expert, who says that the fishing in our waters is unlike any that they have seen before. The big draw is one of the fish that we are known for: the Red Snapper!


Red Snappers are one of the signature fish in the Gulf of Mexico and are sought after by recreational fishermen. Almost any restaurant surrounding the Gulf will offer some version of this delicious fish on their menu. These fish can grow to be up to 40 inches long and can weigh upwards of 50 pounds. While they are the prize of many fishermen, it is important that you understand the season in which you can hunt for these beauties!

Red Snapper Season

Red Snapper season varies depending on the kind of fishing you are doing. For private recreational vessels, the season starts on June 11th and ends on July 25th, giving anglers 45 days of opportunities to catch their fill! The season starts earlier and ends later if you are a federally permitted for-hire fishing company!

However, there are new developments with fishing, and you need more than just the correct season if you plan on harvesting the fish.

Plan Your Visit

Book your condo in Panama City Beach, FL, and get ready for a fishing trip you will not soon forget. Contact us with any questions you may have!

Starting on July 1st, the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is being replaced by the State Reef Fish Survey, requiring any anglers planning to harvest certain reef fish (Red Snappers included) to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation. This helps to prevent any instances of overfishing the waters!

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Where to Go Fishing

While staying in a Panama City Beach three bedroom condo, if you find that you have the urge to cast a line, there are many places that you can do so. Whether you are looking to fish off the pier or take a Panama City Beach chartered fishing cruise out into the Gulf, you are sure to find plenty of fishing areas that suit your needs. Any local marinas in the area would be happy to point you in the direction of some prime fishing areas, but we suggest finding a charter that can take you out on the open water. Not only does this provide you with the best chances of the big catch, but these charters are knowledgeable in every aspect of the sport!

Panama City Beach Condo Rentals

When you have finished with your fishing adventure, head back to your incredible 1, 2, or 3 bedroom condo, and have a relaxing evening in. Our condos offer a wide variety of amenities including outdoor patio areas, pools, hot tubs, and incredible dining areas as well as access to Panama City Beach’s best seafood restaurants. We truly believe that one visit to Panama City Beach will make this your permanent vacation spot. Contact us today and let one of our customer service reps help you book your dream getaway!


Pelican Walk Rentals
6905 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(850) 234-8090