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NC_Region.gifSt. Augustine Road ponds (North and South), Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Baymeadows, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms, possession of alcoholic beverages or use of cast nets is prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Oceanway Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Hanna Park ponds, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Pope Duval East and West ponds, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Bethesda Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Huguenot Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Crystal Springs Park, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • No person between the ages of 16 years and 64 years shall fish unless accompanied by an angler less than 16 years of age; by an angler 65 years of age or older; by angler who has been certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration, U.S. Social Security Administration, by any branch of the U.S. Armed Services, or by a licensed physician in this State to be totally and permanently disabled and has obtained a permanent license issued pursuant to Section 379.352(5), F.S.; or by an angler with proof of acceptance as a client for developmental services by the Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Boats are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Camp Blanding area, Clay County: Open to fishing, the following rules are in effect: Magnolia and Lowry Lakes will be open to fishing on days and times determined by Camp Blanding Post Commander. Openings may be changed at discretion of Post Commander to accommodate military training. All anglers will be required to check into and out of area at a manned check station.

  • Guns are prohibited for taking of fish or wildlife except during designated hunting seasons for Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area.
  • Boat launching permitted only at designated areas.
  • Camping is prohibited.
  • During periods closed to hunting, vehicles may be operated only on roads to designated access areas.
  • Use of all-terrain vehicles is prohibited.
  • All watercraft shall be operated at idle speed only.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Alligator Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Fishing is prohibited in Ponderosa Pond except for authorized groups permitted by FWC.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Eagle Lake, Hamilton County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms are prohibited.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Ronnie Vanzant Park, Clay County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Boats or any floating vessel apparatus are prohibited.
  • No swimming or camping.
  • No person 16 years of age or older shall fish unless accompanied by an angler less than 16 years of age.
  • Fishing permitted only with hook and line or rod and reel.
  • Nets are prohibited, except for dip nets.
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Lochloosa, including Tadpole and Lochloosa creeks; Orange Lake, including Orange Lake proper, and waters south and east of CR 346, and west of U.S. Highway 301; and Cross Creek; Alachua and Marion counties: open to fishing.

  • Black bass 15 inches or more in total length and less than 24 inches must be released immediately.
  • Black bass bag limit: 3; of which only 1 may be over 24 inches.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Trotlines having a gallon-sized plastic float at each end may be used, provided that such lines are sunk to the bottom or to a minimum depth of 4 feet.

Newnans Lake, Alachua County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines having a gallon-sized plastic float at each end may be used, provided that such lines are sunk to the bottom or to a minimum depth of 4 feet.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Suwannee Lake, Suwannee County: open to fishing.

  • No camping.
  • No motor vehicles on dam and fishing fingers.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Access to the area from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise for any use other than fishing and launching and loading of boats is prohibited.
  • Black bass less than 18 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Koon Lake, Lafayette County: open to fishing.

  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Montgomery Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Boats are restricted to idle speed - no wake.
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Watertown Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited.
  • Watercraft shall be operated only at idle speed before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily.
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lang Lake, Hamilton County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass less than 18 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited, except by written permission of the landowner.


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