Freshwater Fishing

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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).

This section of FWC's website is home to recreational and commercial freshwater fishing regulations, providing fishing tips and specific information on fishery sites and forecasts to get you started fishing and exploring new areas. Please use the links below and on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about freshwater fishing.


Black Bass Tournament ExemptionBlack Bass Tournament Exemption

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


Recreational Regulations

Commercial Regulations

Fish Identification

Fishing Sites and Forecasts

Fishing Tips

Big Catch Angler Recognition


State Record Fish

How to Measure Your Catch

Pond Management

Freshwater Fisheries Research

Freshwater Fishing News

- Fish Busters' Bulletin

- City Fisher Newsletter

The value of Freshwater Fishing



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