Freshwater Fish

This section describes some of Florida's most popular freshwater fishes and offers angling tips and identification information. Keep in mind, the freshwater fish you're looking for may be a Nonnative species. If you catch a big one, check out our Big Catch angler recognition program. Most illustrations are by Duane Raver, Jr., (see link for a CD of his artwork).

Fish Range Finder

 Not sure which fish species are in your area? Try FWC's Fish Range FinderExternal Website!

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Want a catalogue of Florida's freshwater fishes including imperiled species, so called 'minnows' and sport fishes, with photos of each and distribution maps? Check out the free E-book by Gray Bass and Ted Hoehn (FWC biologists): Florida Freshwater Fishes.





FWC Facts:
Florida panthers often meticulously cache, or cover, their prey with leaves, grass and sticks. This helps prevent competitors and scavengers from finding and stealing their food.

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