Freshwater Fishing Regulations
Harvest of Shoal Bass Suspended
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has approved moving forward on a draft rule to suspend harvest and possession of shoal bass in the Chipola River and its tributaries. This draft rule will replace an executive order issued in June, when initial population sampling indicated the shoal bass population there had been negatively affected due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass.
New regulations effective July 1, 2019
The 2019-2020 summary of Florida's freshwater fishing rules and regulations is available:
- E-Regulations online or
- Complete printable version (12 MB) or
- Select items from the table of contents below.
Other regulatory resources include:
Table of Contents
New Rule Changes
Feature Article - Conservation Highlights from FWC
Fishing Tips from the Pros
Fishing License Requirements and Fees
Do I Need a License?
Methods of Taking Fish
Methods of Taking Bait
Release/Movement of Fish
Taking and Possession of Freshwater Mussels
General Statewide Bag and Length Limits
Special Bag and Length Limits
Fish Management Areas