Freshwater Fishing

Welcome to the Fishing Capital of the World!

Florida's freshwater fisheries comprise 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals-with no closed seasons. The recreational fishery resources alone in these waters provide entertainment for more than 1.2 million anglers annually, who enjoyed 25.7 million days fishing recreationally in Florida's fresh waters (National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation-2011).

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This section of FWC's website is home to recreational and commercial freshwater fishing regulations, providing fishing tips and specific information on fishery sites and forecasts to get you started fishing and exploring new areas. Please use the links below and on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about freshwater fishing.


Black Bass Tournament ExemptionBlack Bass Tournament Exemption

Exemptions provide bass clubs holding tournaments a temporary exemption to bass size limits. Apply here.


Recreational Regulations

Commercial Regulations

Fish Identification

Fishing Sites and Forecasts

Fishing Tips

TrophyCatch External Website

Big Catch Angler Recognition External Website

State Record Fish External Website

How to Measure Your Catch

Pond Management

Freshwater Fisheries Research

Freshwater Fishing News

- Fish Busters' Bulletin

- The Florida Freshwater Angler Newsletter

The value of Freshwater Fishing

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FWC Facts:
The FWC protects and manages more than 200 native species of freshwater fish and more than 500 native species of saltwater fish.

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