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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).

Tournament Economic Study

FWC Seeks Angler Assistance in Tournament Economics Study

The FWC is seeking angler input for an economic study of fishing tournaments. Participants will receive a product discount from Gambler Lures for helping FWC to better understand tournament economic impacts. Surveys will be sent directly to tournament directors for any tournament permit requested for Lake Okeechobee between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept 31, 2020. For more details see the press release.

Largemouth Bass

Black Bass Tournament Exemption

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

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.