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Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Petersburg!

September 25, 2015 

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic in St. Petersburg on Oct. 10. 

Record shoal bass caught in Chipola River

September 24, 2015 

Stewart Mayeaux, 41, of Marianna, enjoyed the thrill of seeing a 4-pound, 14-ounce shoal bass hit his lure on Sept. 19 and knowing he had a possible state record. Mayeaux, who moved from Louisiana five years ago, had read on the website about several shoal bass records having been caught recently. 

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

September 22, 2015 

The 2015 recreational season for bay scallops will close Friday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Thursday, Sept. 24. 

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 15, 2015 

The annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby at the FWC's Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp will be Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until noon for children ages 6-12. Everything the kids need to fish, including cane poles, bait and instruction, will be provided by the FWC and its partners.  

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

September 09, 2015 

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota on Sept. 19. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic on St. George Island

September 04, 2015 

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 

FWC approves barracuda conservation measures for South Florida

September 04, 2015 

Stakeholders in southeast Florida and the Florida Keys have voiced concerns about declining barracuda numbers observed when fishing and diving. FWC staff gathered public input from concerned stakeholders at workshops conducted earlier this year. The FWC is responding to these concerns by creating bag limits to prevent further declines and conserve barracuda in the region.  

‘Pitch It’ to save fish and wildlife

September 04, 2015 

The FWC is taking a leadership role by working with the American Sportfishing Association’s “Pitch It” campaign. This voluntary program encourages anglers across the country to dispose of their soft plastic lures properly as concerns about these lures accumulating in public waters are increasing.  

FWC to conduct aquatic weed control on Lake Rousseau

September 04, 2015 

The FWC will be conducting aquatic weed control operations in Lake Rousseau using EPA approved herbicides from Sept. 8-17. There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period. 

FWC passes new stone crab trap regulation

September 02, 2015 

Beginning this year’s stone crab season, the use of round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) will no longer be allowed for stone crab traps used in state or federal waters off these three counties. The changes will also require that the rectangular or rounded rectangular entrances typically used in stone crab traps be no larger than 5½ by 3 1/8 inches at the most narrow portion of the opening. 

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