Scalloping season starts Thursday, July 1, in much of Florida’s gulf coast and area officials say they expect big crowds.
“Scalloping is a favorite annual pastime in Citrus County, and people look forward to it all year,” said John Pricher, Executive Director of Discover Crystal River. “Despite all the health concerns, last year’s season was fairly busy since scalloping is a great way to safely get outside to spend time with friends and family. Now that more people feel safe traveling, we expect this summer to be a big success.”
Looking for a recipe? Try this Easy Scallop Ceviche.
Divers can find sweet bay scallops in 3 to 8 feet of water along the grassy beds along the Gulf coast.
The easiest way to get on the water is with one of the area’s guides, who provide all the gear, know all the best stops and provide helpful tips, and do not require a fishing license. For those who like to do it on their own, there are several marinas and outfitters with all the necessary provisions. The Crystal River tourism website lists several guides and rental services in that area.
The Pasco County scallop season begins the third Friday in July (July 16th) and runs through July 25th.
There’s more information about Florida’s scallops, necessary licenses and bag limits on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission website.