The Homosassa and Crystal River scallop season opens in July and runs into September. With the scallops being so abundant the past few years, we are looking forward to another great season this year. Crystal River and Homosassa offer some of the best fishing and scalloping along Florida's Nature Coast.
The only trick to catching scallops is finding them. They are usually found hiding in or around bladed sea grass. Because of the coloration of the shells, they blend in easy in the surrounding area. If you're in a boat, a pair of polarized sunglasses really helps to scan the water in search of the scallops. When you get into an area of bladed grass, get into the water and take a closer look. If you find a one, you'll usually find a lot more!
Scallops are fairly easy to catch! The only equipment you need is a mask, snorkel, fins, and a mesh bag to hold the scallops. Scallops move by snapping their shells together and 'spitting' water out! They propel themselves rapidly in a zigzag direction. Most kinds of scallops have a series of brightly colored eyes along the edge of the mantle.
You must have a saltwater fishing license to catch scallops. Just one license per boat won't do; everyone on board needs to have one. This is one reason why it is a good idea to hire an experienced and knowledgeable Homosassa guide to take you scalloping. Not only can he take you to where the scallops can be found, all the necessary licenses are provided too!
Whole Scallops: 2 gallons per day, or 10 gallons per boat.
Cleaned Scallops: If you decide to clean your scallops while out on the water, the limit is 1 pint of scallop meat per person per day, or 1/2 gallon total per boat.
All required licenses, scalloping equipment and ice. Also includes one-on-one help/instructions on cleaning scallops at end of day. Or, let the locals clean your scallops for you. They're fast and charge a very reasonable rate. Scalloping Trip Rates
Be sure to bring any food and beverages you will want for the day. You will also need to bring a mask, snorkel fins, and mesh bag to hold scallops.