Formerly known as Pleasant Grove Reservoir, this 770-acre reclaimed phosphate mine within Edward Medard Park is located in Hillsborough County, approximately six miles east of Brandon, one mile south of State Route 60 on Turkey Creek Road. The park, maintained by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, has facilities for fishing, boating, canoe rental, picnicking, camping, hiking, and swimming. The reservoir was impounded in 1970 and is very popular, with approximately one-quarter million visitors annually. Medard Reservoir is a fertile and productive impoundment with extensive, irregular shoreline. Bottom contours of the lake are very irregular as well, with an average depth of nine feet and maximum depth of 33 feet. Kissimmee grass, bulrush (buggy whips), and cattail are the predominant vegetation. Sunshine bass (striper hybrids) are stocked on a regular basis and channel catfish are very abundant. The many ledges and bars (flats) within the main body of the reservoir are productive for all species, but key in on the shoreline grass for largemouth bass in winter and spring. Due to the convoluted nature of the reservoir there is a no wake restriction (idle speed only) on boats for safety purposes.
For more information contact the FWC Southwest Regional Office at 863-648-3200.
Note: Medard Reservoir is full, and open to boating. Largemouth bass daily bag limit is five, with only one allowed to be 16 inches in total length or longer. Recreational freshwater fishing license holders may use only hook and line or rod and reel (no recreational cast nets can be possessed on person, boat, or in vehicle). Commercial freshwater fishing license holders may use cast nets to catch nongame fish other than channel catfish. Daily bag limit for panfish is 50, and crappie (specks) is 25.
Fish for bluegill and redear sunfish with worms and crickets fished under a cork near shoreline vegetation or woody cover. Black crappie fishing is slow now, but should pick up as the water temperatures begin to drop. Try using live Missouri minnows in open water areas over humps in the main reservoir. Largemouth bass fishing should be better with the addition of 5,600 adult bass since the reservoir was filled. These fish are already showing up in angler catches. Use live shiners or spinnerbaits and soft plastics for your best chance at a quality bass. Be on the lookout for tagged bass. Tags are yellow and located on the back (dorsal) of the fish. If you catch a tagged fish, remember to remove the tag. You will need it to collect your reward. Catfish are plentiful and can be caught using chicken livers, frozen shrimp, night crawlers, or any commercial stinkbaits fished on the bottom. Sunshine bass were stocked this past spring and will take another year or so before they reach catchable size.