Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Florida Freshwater Fishing RegulationsNew regulations effective July 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 summary of Florida's freshwater fishing rules and regulations is available:

Other regulatory resources include:



New Black Bass Regulations Informational Rack Cards

Largemouth Bass Regulation Rack Card    

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 Table of Contents


New Rule Changes

Feature Article--Conservation Highlights from FWC

Fishing Tips from the Pros

Fishing License Requirements and Fees

Do I Need a License?

Methods of Taking Fish

Methods of Taking Bait

Release/Movement of Fish

Taking and Possession of Freshwater Mussels

General Statewide Bag and Length Limits

Special Bag and Length Limits

Fish Management Areas

Regional Map


North Central





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