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January - March 2020

Black Water

Florida's freshwater fisheries comprise more than 8,000 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. The Quarterly Fishing Forecasts provided below cover the most popular and productive freshwater fisheries to be found in Florida, the Fishing Capital of the World!

Within each region linked below you can check out our quarterly forecasts for major fishing areas, or you can get our recommendations for the top bass, bream, catfish, crappie or striper locales. Some information on fishing seasonality is provided showing regional temperature ranges and at what temperature some fishes spawn and feed most actively, and a link explaining the solunar theory and providing access to calendars that predict peak fishing times.

For general information on what lakes are available in an area by ZIP code or city, check out's fishing site finder.

Which Fishing Forecast Region are you in?

Regional Map

Northwest - Escambia, Santa Rose, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Leon Wakulla, Jefferson.

North Central - Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Baker, Union, Bradford, Alachua, Nassua, Duval, Clay.

Northeast - St. Johns, Putnam, Marion, Sumter, Flagler, Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River.

Southwest - Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, De Soto, Highlands, Sarasota,  Charlotte, Lee.

South - Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry, Martin, Palm Beach, Collier, Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade.

FWC Trophy Catch Logo

New — TrophyCatch Tracker!

TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. Check your local waters to see how many TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from your area — or be the first to submit a trophy from that location!


FWC Fish Range Finder Poster

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