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Scalloping Season starts July 1st!
Scalloping Season starts July 1st!

Citrus County, Florida-- July 1st marks the opening of scalloping season in Citrus County, which runs through September 10th. 

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, but there are also rules to follow!

  • The bag limit is two gallons of whole scallops (in the shell), or one pint of scallop meat per person, per day.
  • 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  VisitCitrus.com to help plan your adventure, and watch the YouTube video above to see what the scalloping sensation is all about!