Many people do not know that the greater Orlando urban region
houses over 60,000 acres of freshwater, providing many exciting
angling opportunities for the 2 million local residents and over 40
million yearly visitors from around the world. Florida is the
Bass Fishing Capital of the World, and what better gateway to
promote our outstanding freshwater resource than centrally located
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation commission's
mission through Fish Orlando is to create, conserve, and promote
convenient quality fishing opportunities in the greater Orlando
area. To accomplish our mission we practice management
strategies based on applied science as well as maintaining
elaborate communication with our stakeholders. Because over
90% of those fishing today got started by a family member, Fish
Orlando's marketing slogan is "Bringing Quality Fishing to
Presently, our program focuses its work in Orange County forming
partnerships with the City of Orlando, City of Ocoee, City of
Winter Park, Orange County, BASS PRO SHOPS and a variety of other
business and volunteer/civic groups.
To date, the Fish Orlando program has two main components:
The FAB FIVE and the URBAN PONDS. The FAB FIVE are five water
bodies managed for quality size fish and/or a unique fishing
experience. The URBAN PONDS are water bodies managed for
beginning anglers and those that love to eat their catch.
Both provide quality family fishing and are the center point of
various events, programs and promotions. All are, or will be,
Fish Management Areas (FMA's), which give them special status
within our Commission.
In addition to the two primary components, Fish Orlando also
manages or helps oversee other water bodies in the greater Orlando
area that are not FAB FIVE water bodies or URBAN PONDS. Some
of them are FMA's because they were an integral part of earlier
efforts of Orlando's urban fishery program, but now, due to
redirection of the program, do not receive as much attention.
Others are not FMA's but because of their resources and
fishery, they are given attention. All offer a chance for the
greater Orlando angler to enjoy a quality fishing experience.
Directions to the FAB FIVE, URBAN PONDS and other water bodies
within the greater Orlando area are found in our Fish Orlando
Fishing Map. For a free copy of the Fish Orlando
Fishing Map or a schedule of our annual Fish Orlando Family Fishing
Events, please contact our FWC office at 352-732-1225 or FishOrlando@MyFwc.com.