Steinhatchee and the Big Bend area are the best places to find scallops!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2020 bay scallop season in Gulf County (including St. Joseph Bay) via Executive Order.
Florida’s bay scallop season runs from June to late September on the West Coast. Scallops may be spotted on or at the bottom of seagrass beds. They can mostly be found in nearshore seagrass beds from Tarpon Springs to Port St. Joe. You can catch up to 2 gallons of scallops per person per day, according to the
Scallops are not very easy to find as their natural coloring provides camouflage within the sea grasses. Most of the time their shells are open to feed and breathe, revealing vibrant blue “eyes,” but if they sense danger, they slam their shells shut and can swim backwards or up by clapping their shell halves together.