A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

The refuge is composed of approximately 30,500 acres of coastal wetlands, salt marsh salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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and open Gulf of Mexico. Fishing season is year-round, with closed harvest seasons for certain species. Freshwater species include largemouth bass and sunfish. Saltwater species include red drum, cobia, tarpon, spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel and snapper. Slow boat-speed restrictions apply during manatee seasons and vary according to river depth and season. Airboats are prohibited in Citrus County. Refuge is accessible only by boat.

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