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Edward Medard Reservoir

Hillsborough County

Edward Medard

Formerly known as Pleasant Grove Reservoir, this 770-acre reclaimed phosphate mine within Edward Medard Park is located in Hillsborough County, approximately six miles east of Brandon, one mile south of State Route 60 on Turkey Creek Road. The park, maintained by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, has facilities for fishing, boating, canoe rental, picnicking, camping, hiking, and swimming. The reservoir was impounded in 1970 and is very popular, with approximately one-quarter million visitors annually. Medard Reservoir is a fertile and productive impoundment with extensive, irregular shoreline. Bottom contours of the lake are very irregular as well, with an average depth of nine feet and maximum depth of 33 feet. Kissimmee grass, bulrush (buggy whips), and cattail are the predominant vegetation. Sunshine bass (striper hybrids) are stocked on a regular basis and channel catfish are very abundant. The many ledges and bars (flats) within the main body of the reservoir are productive for all species, but key in on the shoreline grass for largemouth bass in winter and spring. Due to the convoluted nature of the reservoir there is a no wake restriction (idle speed only) on boats for safety purposes.

For more information contact the FWC Southwest Regional Office at 863-648-3200.

As the weather begins to warm up heading into summer, fishing opportunities for Black Crappie should remain excellent until late April when water temperatures climb and force fish into deeper water. In April, drifting live shiners under a cork or trolling with Hal flies and small spinners along grassy vegetation can yield bites from late-season specs. Once water temperatures climb heading into May, anglers fishing live baits, small jigs and spinners in open water areas over humps, drop-offs, and the rock piles can find success. Fish attractors can also be found in the reservoir and can hold fish during the warmer months. More information on the location of fish attractors can be found at the FWC Fish Attractor page, including an interactive fish attractor map. As the water temperatures rise, many anglers will switch over to fishing for bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker). Fish with crickets, grass shrimp, and red wigglers under a cork around shoreline structure (overhanging trees) and Kissimmee grass. Sunshine bass are stocked annually in Medard Reservoir and offer anglers with a unique fishing experience. These feisty fish are ravenous schooling predators and will readily strike spinners, swim baits and blade baits fished in open water or near rock piles. They will often strike live shiners as well, providing a fun surprise while crappie or bass fishing. Catfish are plentiful and can be caught using chicken livers, frozen shrimp, night crawlers, or any commercial stinkbaits fished on the bottom. Catfish are found in abundance in the many hidden coves and channels found on Medard. Although the Largemouth Bass spawn is coming to a close and fish will begin to leave their bedding areas, anglers targeting bass can find success fishing drop offs and rock piles with big artificial worms and “creature” bait style plastics in red shad, Junebug, or black and blue colors. Post-spawn bass will be looking to quickly put on weight after a stressful spawning season so don’t be afraid to fish large baits. While bass fishing, anglers should be on the lookout for tagged fish. Tags are yellow and located on the back (dorsal) of the fish. If you catch a tagged fish, remember to cut the tag off. You will need it to collect your $100 reward! Good luck and good fishing!

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Sunshine bassChannel catfish

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TrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Edward Medard Reservoir:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 8