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Scalloping Season Open
September 7 - September 24
From July 1 through September 24, scalloping comes to Citrus County. Part snorkeling experience, part treasure dive and part saltwater fishing trip, scalloping along the unspoiled shores of Crystal River and Homosassa provides a salty adventure to fishers of all ages. Citrus County’s bay scallops rest under about five or six feet of water, just offshore along the grassy lip of the Gulf of Mexico. All it takes is a snorkel, a mask, a mesh bag and a saltwater fishing license to get in on the action.
Recent scalloping seasons have been fantastic. Seafood lovers from all over the Sunshine State and beyond ventured to Citrus to dive for the meaty morsels, having an ocean of fun as they literally bagged their limits.
The bag limit is 2 gallons of whole scallops (in the shell), or 1 pint of scallop meat per person per day. In addition, no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or 1/2 gallon of scallop meats may be possessed aboard any vessel at any time. You may harvest scallops only by hand or with a landing or dip net. Scallopers must remain in the legal scalloping area (from Mexico Beach to the Pasco-Hernando county line) while in possession of scallops on the water including the point where they return to land.
Check out these VisitCitrus.com links to help plan your scalloping adventure:
Scalloping Frequently Asked Questions: http://visitcitrus.com/Scalloping/ScallopingFAQs.aspx
Scalloping Tour Providers: http://visitcitrus.com/Scalloping/ScallopingExcursionsDirectory.aspx
Bay Scallop Learning Lagoon Page: http://visitcitrus.com/LearningLagoon/BayScallops.aspx
Water Temperature & Tide Information: http://visitcitrus.com/Activities/Boating.aspx