Barnett Park Frog Pond

Size: 4.5 acres

Species focus: Channel catfish put-grow-and-take.

Partner: Orange County

Target constituency: Neighborhood residents

Amenities: Located in Barnett Park, this pond has 2 baited fish areas (marked with signs), an aeration system, 100% shoreline access and three wooden bridges. Barnett Park (located behind the Central Florida Fairgrounds) provides many recreational opportunities besides fishing including ball fields, pavilions, basketball courts, Frisbee golf and a kid's playground.  For information on Barnett Park, call the park at 407-836-6248.

Fishery: The Lake is annually stocked with channel catfish.   Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), warmouth and blue tilapia are other fish that may be caught.

Barnett-Park.jpg

General Fishing Tips: For channel catfish try fishing chicken liver, night crawlers or hot dogs on the bottom.  Good areas to try are on the island that has the ceramic frog (which is how the pond got its name) or anywhere you see bubbles coming up from the aeration diffusers.  These are the deepest areas of the pond and the catfish like to school up near them.  Small bluegill are abundant and can be caught using a small hook with pieces of bread dough or worms around the bridges and "Baited Fishing Area" signs.

Regulations: A 14 inch minimum size for largemouth bass (5 fish bag, only 1 greater than or equal to 22 inches), 50 fish bag for panfish (no size limit).

Bear Creek Park

Size: 7 acres

Species focus: Channel catfish put-grow-and-take

Partner: Orange County

Target constituency: Greater Orlando residents and visitors

Amenities: Located in Bear Creek Recreational Complex behind Cypress Creek High School, this is a great place to take the family for their first fishing trip.

Bear-Creek.jpg

The FWC and Orange County has partnered to create 100% bank access by removing nuisance vegetation (primarily torpedo grass) around the pond's perimeter.  The pond also has two baited fishing areas (marked by sign), an aeration system and two wooden bridges.   In addition to fishing, Bear Creek Recreational Complex has ball fields, an activity center and a kid's playground.  For information on Bear Creek Park call the park at 407-254-9040.

Fishery: The Lake is annually stocked with channel catfish.  Although it is managed for channel catfish it has the highest density of largemouth bass of the URBAN PONDS.  While not frequent, there have been documented catches of bass in the 5 - 8 lb range with one 12 lb "monster" falling to a fluke a few summers ago.  Most of the bluegills caught are less than 6 inches, however, occasionally one is captured greater than 8 inches.  In addition to the fish mentioned above, a redear sunfish (shellcracker) shows up in the creel once in a great while.

General Fishing Tips: Try fishing chicken liver or night crawlers on the bottom near the "Baited Fishing Area" signs or off the bridges.  The areas around the culvert pipes are good places to catch largemouth bass and small bluegill.  Try live minnows under a float for the bass and small pieces of bread dough or worms on a hair hook (# 12 - 14) for the bluegill.

Regulations: A 14 inch minimum size for largemouth bass (5 fish bag, only 1 greater than or equal to 22 inches), 20 fish bag for panfish (no size limit), 6 fish bag for channel catfish (no size limit), possession of cast nets is prohibited.  For convenience, lake regulations have been posted in an informational kiosk at the pond.

Lake Island Park

Size: 5.5 acres

Species focus: Channel catfish put-grow-and-take

Partner: City of Winter Park

Target constituency: Greater Orlando residents and visitors

Amenities: Found just north of Orlando in the City of Winter Park, this pond is beautifully aquascaped and has 100% bank access, a water fountain, fishing pier, 2 baited fishing areas (marked with signs), an aeration system and a wooden bridge.

Lake-Island-Park.jpg

Lake Island Park has spacious grass areas, ball fields, a recreational center, kid's playground and work out trail.  For more information on Lake Island Park, call City of Winter Park Parks and Recreation at 407-599-3334.

Fishery: The Lake is stocked annually with channel catfish.  It also has small bluegill, redear sunfish and blue tilapia.  Of all the URBAN PONDS it has the least abundant largemouth bass population.

General Fishing Tips: Chicken liver fished off the bottom in areas near the aeration diffusers (where the bubbles come to the pond's surface) or the "Baited Fishing Area" signs are a good place to start.  Also try the point where the Orange Cana Lilies are planted next to the fishing pier.  For bluegill, redear and the tilapia try small pieces of worm on a hair hook (#12 - #14) fished off the wooden bridge.

Regulations: A 14 inch minimum size for largemouth bass (5 fish bag, only 1 greater than or equal to 22 inches), 50 fish bag for panfish (no size limit).

Lake Santiago

Size: 4.5 acres

Species focus: Channel catfish put-grow-and-take

Partner: City of Orlando

Target constituency: Neighborhood residents.

Lake-Santiago.jpg

Amenities: Located in Demetree Park, this productive "circular" water body (maximum depth 8 feet) is equipped with a fishing pier, good bank access, transplanted vegetation, an aeration system and two baited fishing areas (marked with signs).  It also has a walking trail around the pond as well as a children's playground.  For information on Demetree Park, call City of Orlando Parks at 407-246-2283.

Fishery: Like all the other ponds it is annually stocked with channel catfish.  Bluegills less than 6 inches are abundant and after Bear Creek, it is the next best URBAN POND to catch a bass.  Redear sunfish, brown bullhead and blue tilapia are the remaining fish species available in Lake Santiago.

General Fishing Tips: For channel catfish stick with chicken liver or night crawlers fished off the bottom.  The fishing pier and the shoreline to the right of the pier (looking at the water from the pier) are some of the more productive spots.  Bluegill can be caught using small pieces of worms and crickets on a #10 or #12 hook fished under a small bobber.  The edges of the pads are almost always productive.

Regulations: A 14 inch minimum size for largemouth bass (5 fish bag, only 1 greater than or equal to 22 inches), 20 fish bag for panfish (no size limit), 6 fish bag for channel catfish (no size limit), possession of cast nets is prohibited.  For convenience, lake regulations have been posted in an informational kiosk at the pond.



FWC Facts:
Gutters and storm drains can transport excess lawn chemicals to coastal waters and damage seagrass beds.

Learn More at AskFWC