Reopened Mosaic lakes teem with fish for anglers
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
Portions of the Mosaic Fish Management Area in
southern Polk County will reopen to public fishing on Friday, Dec.
10. The 1,000-acre fish management area near Fort Meade is managed
through a cooperative agreement between Mosaic Fertilizer LLC and
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Lakes Coulter, LP2 East, LP2 West, S8 East and S8
West are reopening. These lakes have been closed for more than
three years due to mining-related public safety issues.
When the lakes reopen, there likely will be some
memorable fishing trips in store for anglers looking to catch
largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Fish populations,
as well as fishing success, often improve significantly when lakes
are closed and then reopened.
The lakes range in size from 20 to 250 acres and
have an angler quota that protects the fishery from overharvest.
Quotas will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
FWC biologists and Mosaic staff took advantage of
the closure by improving access roads and boat ramps, monitoring
fish populations and enhancing fishing opportunities by stocking
channel catfish from state hatcheries.
The Mosaic Fish Management Area has been in
existence for more than 10 years. The area is open to public
fishing Fridays through Mondays, from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is
no cost to fish, but anglers must check in and out with Mosaic
For more information on freshwater fishing
opportunities, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing or call the FWC regional
office in Lakeland at 863-648-3200 during regular working