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Freshwater Fishing

Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World

Florida's freshwater fisheries comprise 3 million acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals-with no closed seasons. The recreational fishery resources alone in these waters provide entertainment for more than 1.2 million anglers annually, who enjoyed 25.7 million days fishing recreationally in Florida's fresh waters (National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation-2011).

Florida Freshwater Angler Newsletter

Subscribe to the Florida Freshwater Angler newsletter!

Stay up to date with news about freshwater fishing and the TrophyCatch program by subscribing to the Florida Freshwater Angler! You'll also find fishing tips, featured fishing sites, and information about the fish you want to catch. Just go to the Subscription Topics page and check the box for "Florida Freshwater Angler Newsletter" under "Freshwater Fishing".

Largemouth Bass

Black Bass Tournament Exemption

Exemptions provide bass clubs holding tournaments a temporary exemption to bass size limits.

Report a Fish Kill

The Fish and Wildlife Health Group at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) in St. Petersburg, has established a toll-free, statewide, fish kill hotline. The hotline allows the public to report directly to researchers the locations of fish kills and diseased or abnormal fish. Learn how you can report this information.

Front cover of the Florida R3 Fishing Action Plan

Florida's R3 Fishing Action Plan

The FWC strives to increase and diversify participation in fishing throughout Florida via an effort known as R3, which stands for Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation. The R3 initiative helps create the next generation of anglers who have a vested interest in conserving and managing Florida’s natural resources. For more information see Florida’s R3 Fishing Action Plan.