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Florida Trophy Bass Project

three photos of angler holding large bass

The FWC celebrates Florida waterbodies listed in Bassmaster's “Top 10 Best Bass Lakes of 2023”

Fellsmere Reservoir/Stick Marsh, Orange Lake and Lake Okeechobee have captured the attention of anglers and fishing enthusiasts across the nation, solidifying Florida's reputation as a premier bass fishing destination.

Read more in the July 2023 news release.

Conservation Article Featured in the 2023-2024 Fishing Regulations

Check out this featured article about the Florida Trophy Bass Project.

About the Project

The Florida Trophy Bass Project is the FWC’s new initiative with the goal of Florida being the undisputed Trophy Bass Capital of the World. In the coming years, more effort will be focused on producing, documenting, and promoting trophy bass as well as increasing opportunities to catch Florida’s heaviest trophies. FWC biologists will be utilizing both proven and innovative management techniques to grow even more large bass in certain areas while also conducting research projects to learn more about what it takes to grow giant bass.

Examples of specific strategies to help us reach this goal are:

  • Document a higher percentage of trophy bass catches
  • Increase marketing for trophy bass and the opportunities to catch them
  • Regulation changes
  • Supplemental forage stocking
  • Small bass removal through increased bag limits in specific places
  • Genetics research
  • Water level fluctuation
  • Habitat enhancement

Register for TrophyCatch, Enter to Win a Free Boat

TrophyCatch is FWC’s data collecting and promotional program for largemouth bass in Florida. Want to participate?

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About TrophyCatch

Trophy catch

TrophyCatch rewards anglers who provide documentation of their catch-and-release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier in Florida. To be eligible for prizes, anglers are required to submit photos or videos of their catch to, showing the entire fish and its weight on a scale, before releasing it back into the water. FWC biologists use TrophyCatch data for bass research to make informed decisions about the management of Florida bass fisheries and to promote the catch and release of trophy bass.

Follow the TrophyCatchFlorida Facebook page for updates!

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Bass fishing legends like Shaw Grigsby, Jimmy Houston and JT Kenney know Florida is the premiere destination for trophy bass fishing. Check out this video to see what they think! With the goal to elevate Florida’s status in the trophy bass world, fisheries biologists will enhance our current largemouth bass research, management, documentation and marketing efforts to focus on trophy bass, especially those 13 pounds and larger.