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SW_Region.gifLake Tarpon, Pinellas County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Lake Seminole, Pinellas County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Bobby Hicks Park Pond, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Swimming and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Black bass 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

Gadsden Park Pond, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Swimming and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Black bass 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

Lake Thonotosassa, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Lake Parker, Polk County: open to fishing.

  • Wire traps may be used for nongame fish.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Saddle Creek Park, Polk County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Black bass 15 inches or more in total length and less than 24 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Black bass bag limit: 3
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lakes Tohopekaliga (West Lake Tohopekaliga), Cypress, Hatchineha, and Kissimmee), Polk and Osceola counties: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Minnow lift nets, fish traps and trotlines may be used.

Manatee Lake, Manatee County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
  • Outboard motors more than 20 h.p. may not be used.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Edward Medard Park Reservoir, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Black bass bag limit 5, only one of which may be 16 inches in total length or longer.
  • No person shall use any gear other than hook and line or rod and reel to take and possess game fish and nongame fish species.
  • Persons possessing a valid freshwater commercial fishing license may use cast nets to catch nongame fish other than channel catfish from 12:01 AM Tuesday to 12:01 AM Friday.
  • Days and hours of operation, park entrance and other user fees shall be designated by Hillsborough County and posted at the park main entrance.

Webb Lake, Charlotte County: open to fishing during posted hours.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Bluegill and redear sunfish less than 8 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Vehicles may be used only on designated roads.

Marl Pits 1 and 3, Charlotte County: open to fishing.

  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Bluegill and redear sunfish less than 8 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass must be released immediately.

Marl Pit 2, Charlotte County: open to fishing.

  • Bluegill and redear sunfish less than 10 inches must be released immediately.
  • Bluegill and redear sunfish combined bag limit: 10
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass must be released immediately.

Tenoroc Fish Management Area, Polk County:

  • Fishing, hunting or trapping is allowed only by FWC permit. All anglers and hunters must check in and out at the Tenoroc Fish Management Area headquarters and deposit their valid fishing or hunting license with the custodian unless otherwise instructed. Permitted alligator hunt participants are exempt from the requirement to enter at designated points.
  • Days and hours of operation and quotas shall be as designated by the FWC and posted at area headquarters (currently Friday through Monday only). Quotas will be established for each lake, and fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. Lakes may be closed to public access for management purposes or if access to the lake exposes the public to danger, by posting notice at the Tenoroc check station office. Quotas for open lakes may be temporarily increased to accommodate anglers during times when other lakes are closed due to management construction projects, road repair, unsafe access or special recreational events.
  • Discharge of firearms is limited to the FWC firing range or at FWC sponsored events.
  • All dogs must be leashed, except as authorized by FWC.

Unless otherwise specified, Tenoroc FMA harvest restrictions are:

  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Sunshine bass bag limit: 6
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Fish may not be filleted, nor their head or tail fins removed, until the angler has checked out at the area headquarters.
  • Cast nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • No person shall have any gun under his/ her control while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Public access is prohibited in areas posted as "Restricted" for protection of threatened or endangered species, or environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Motor vehicles may be operated only on named roads, designated parking areas, and fishing ramps as designated in the area use brochure.
  • Vehicles may not obstruct designated roads, boat ramps, gates or fire lanes.
  • Swimming and float tubes are prohibited.

Regulations for Tenoroc lakes are as follows:

Lakes A, Butterfly, C, F, Fish Hook, G, Half-Moon, Horseshoe, Hydrilla, Legs Lost, Lake East, Lost Lake West, Tern, 2, 3, and 4 (primitive launch only on Butterfly, F, Fish Hook, G, Half-Moon, Lost Lake East, Lost Lake West, and Tern):

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.

Lakes B and 5:

  • Boats are restricted to idle speed-no wake.
  • Black bass 15 inches in total length or longer must be released immediately.
  • Black bass bag limit: 2

Picnic Lake:

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Black bass bag limit: 2
  • Black bass 15 inches in total length or longer must be released immediately.

Pine (formerly East and West Pasture Lakes) and Derby Lakes:

  • Boats may not be used.
  • Closed to fishing unless authorized by FWC permit for agency-sanctioned events except for anglers who have been certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration, U.S. Social Security Administration, by a branch of the U.S. Armed Services, or by a licensed Florida physician to be totally and permanently disabled and has obtained a permanent license issued pursuant to 373.561 (5)(b),F.S. or unless that person presents proof of acceptance as a client for developmental disabilities services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. One properly licensed person may fish if accompanying or assisting a permitted individual as described above.

  • Other than anglers described above, no one 16 years or older shall fish on Pine or Derby lakes unless accompanied by a child under 16 years of age.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Anglers may keep no more than 5 bluegill and redear sunfish 8 inches or longer in total length per day.

Cemetery Lake:

  • Boats may not be used.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Anglers may keep no more than 5 bluegill and redear sunfish 8 inches or longer in total length per day.

Lake Crago:

  • Largemouth bass, crappie and sunshine bass: statewide size and bag limits apply.
  • Wire traps may be used for nongame fish.
  • Trotlines may be used from sunset until 9 a.m.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Boats are restricted to idle speed-no wake.

Freedom Lake Park, Pinellas County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets or minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Dover District Park Lake, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets or minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Steven J. Wortham Park Lake, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets or minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Al Lopez Park Lake, Hillsborough County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets or minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms are prohibited.

Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, Pinellas County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms and possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Crappie daily bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Panfish daily bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish daily bag limit: 6.

Walsingham Park Lake, Pinellas County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets or minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Sunshine bass bag limit: 4
  • Sunshine bass less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Crappie bag limit: 10

Middle Lake, Pasco County: open to fishing.

  • Watercraft shall be operated at idle speed only.
  • The following are prohibited within 150 feet of the boat launch site; swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms, camping, or open fires.

  • Panfish bag limit: 20

  • Bluegill and redear sunfish less than 8 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Lake Istokpoga, Highlands County: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Black bass 15 inches or more in total length and less than 24 inches must be released immediately.
  • Black bass bag limit: 3
  • Only 1 black bass may be 24 inches or greater in total length.
  • Nongame fish may be taken by cast nets, dip nets, seines, trotlines, set lines, bush hooks and wire traps. Refer to the Florida Commercial Freshwater Fisheries brochure

Mosaic Fish Management Area (formerly Cargill Fort Meade Mine), Polk and Hardee counties: open to fishing.

  • Fishing is allowed only by daily permit issued by the FWC.
  • All anglers must check in and out at the Mosaic creel station, the designated entry point, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Days and hours of operation and quotas shall be as designated by the FWC and posted at the Mosaic creel station (typically Mosaic is open Friday through Monday). Fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. All other lakes and restricted areas, so posted, are closed to public fishing. Any lake may be temporarily closed to public access for management purposes, or in the event that access to the lake exposes the public to danger, by posting notice at the creel station.

Unless otherwise specified, Mosaic FMA harvest restrictions are:

  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Sunshine bass bag limit: 6
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Fish may not be filleted, nor their heads or tail fins removed, until the angler has checked out at the Mosaic creel station. Disposal of fish remains within Mosaic property is prohibited.
  • Taking of fish and wildlife with guns is prohibited.
  • Motor vehicles may be operated only on designated roads, parking areas and boat ramps.
  • Vehicles may not obstruct designated roads, boat ramps, gates or fire lanes.
  • Swimming and float tubes are prohibited.
  • Rough fish may be removed from designated lakes by cast nets and minnow seines by permission of the landowner.
  • Outboard motors more than 10 h.p. may not be used.

Regulations for individual Mosaic FMA lakes are as follows:

Haul Road Pit:

  • Black bass 15 inches in total length or longer must be released immediately.
  • Black bass bag limit: 2

Long Pond (LP2 West):

  • No boats permitted.

Hardee County Park, Hardee County: open to fishing.

  • All anglers shall enter at the Park main entrance, the designated entry point, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Angling from a boat is allowed by entry pass issued by Hardee County.
  • Angling from shore does not require an entry pass unless otherwise posted at the Park main entrance.
  • Days and hours of operation and quotas for freshwater fishing are posted at the Park main entrance. Fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. Any lake may be closed to public access by Hardee County for management purposes, or in the event that access to the lake exposes the public to danger, by posting notice at the Park main entrance.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Sunshine bass bag limit: 6
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Fish may not be filleted, nor their head or tail fin removed, until the angler has left the Park. Disposal of fish remains within Hardee County Park is prohibited.
  • Taking of fish and wildlife with guns is prohibited.
  • Motor vehicles may be operated only on designated roads, parking areas, and boat ramps.
  • Vehicles may not obstruct designated roads, boat ramps and fire lanes.
  • Swimming and float tubes are prohibited.
  • Watercraft are restricted to idle speed - no wake.


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