Fish Management Areas

A fish management area (FMA) is a pond, lake or other body of water established for the management of freshwater fish as a cooperative effort with the local county. The FWC's Division of Freshwater Fisheries manages about 80 water bodies throughout the state that are designated as Fish Management Areas. Examples include most community-based fishing lakes and Commission-managed impoundments. In many cases, these lakes are stocked with channel catfish, largemouth bass and sunshine bass. Automatic fish feeders and fish attractors concentrate sportfish for bank anglers.

A freshwater fishing license is required for Fish Management Area lakes. Also, special bag limits and methods apply on these lakes. For the restrictions on each particular water body, consult the Fish Management Area Regulations or call the nearest FWC Regional office. A list of FWC Fish Management Areas is included below.

Northwest | North Central | Northeast | Southwest | South

 

Northwest Region

Escambia County

  • Lake Stone (130 acres)

Gadsden County

  • Joe Budd Pond (15 acres)

Holmes County

  • Lake Victor (130 acres)

Leon County

  • Lake Piney Z (193 acres)

Jackson County

  • Merritt's Mill Pond (202 acres)

Okaloosa County

  • Hurricane Lake (318 acres)
  • Karick Lake (58 acres)

Santa Rosa County

Walton County

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North Central Region

Alachua County

  • Lakes Lochloosa (8,350 acres, includes Tadpole and Lochloosa creeks, Orange Lake proper, waters south and east of CR-346 and west of US Hwy 301 and Cross Creek)
  • Orange Lake (12,700 acres)
  • Newnans Lake Adobe PDF

Alachua/Bradford County

Bradford County

Clay County

Columbia County

Duval County

  • Bethesda Pond (15.7 acres)
  • Crystal Springs Park (1.8 acres)
  • Hanna Park ponds (27 acres)
  • Huguenot Pond (2.7 acres)
  • Oceanway Pond (6.3 acres)
  • Pope Duval East ponds (East-6.9 acres, and West-4.6 acres)
  • St. Augustine Road ponds (North-2.0 acres, and South-9.8 acres)

Hamilton County

  • Lang Lake (86 acres)
  • Eagle Lake

Lafayette County

  • Koon Lake (125 acres)

Madison County

  • Lake Rachel

Suwannee County

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Northeast Region

Brevard County

  • Fox Lake (165 acres)
  • South Lake (1,101 acres)

Flagler County

  • Pellicer Pond

Indian River County

  • Blue Cypress (5,500 acres)

Lake County

  • Chain of Lakes (Cook-20 acres, Winona-25 acres, Palatlakaha-101 acres, Crescent-74 acres, Louisa-3,634 acres, Minnehaha-2,261 acres, Hiawatha-69 acres, Minneola-1,888 acres, Wilson-33 acres, Susan-81 acres, and Cherry-396 acres lakes)
  • Lake Griffin (16,505 acres, including marsh. 9,400 acres of open-water lake)

Orange County

  • Bear Creek
  • Shadow Bay Park
  • Clear Lake (339 acres)
  • Hal Scott (17 acres)
  • Lake Ivanhoe (125 acres)
  • Lake Lawne (156 acres)
  • Lake Santiago in Demetree Park (5 acres)
  • Starke Lake
  • Turkey Lake (323 acres)
  • Lake Underhill (147 acres)

Osceola County

  • Lake Cypress (4,097 acres)
  • Lake Tohopekaliga (West Lake Toho; 18,810 acres)
  • East Lake Tohopekaliga (11,968 acres)
  • Lake Hatchineha (6,665 acres)
  • Lake Jackson (1,020)
  • Lake Kissimmee (34,948 acres)
  • Lake Marian (5,739 acres)

Seminole County

  • Secret Lake (5 acres)

Sumter County

  • Lake Panasoffkee (4,460 acres)

Volusia County

  • Lake Dias (711 acres)

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Southwest Region

Charlotte County

  • Webb Lake (395 acres)
  • Marl Pits 1, 2 and 3 (6 acres total)

Hardee County

  • Hardee County Park

Highlands County

  • Lake Istokpoga (27,692 acres)

Hillsborough County

  • Al Lopez Park Lake (10 acres)
  • Bobby Hicks Park Pond (25 acres)
  • Dover District Park Lake (14 acres)
  • Gadsden Park Pond (48 acres)
  • Steven J. Wortham Park Lake (10 acres)
  • Lake Thonotosassa (819 acres)

Manatee County

  • Manatee Lake (1,400 acres)

Pasco County

  • Middle Lake (200 acres)

Pinellas County

  • Freedom Lake Park (7 acres)
  • Lake Seminole (700 acres)
  • Lake Tarpon (2,500 acres)
  • Walsingham Park Lake (100 acres)

Polk County

  • Lake Crago (54 acres)
  • Lake Parker (2,257 acres)
    Saddle Creek (321 acres) Check out this outstanding Web site > www.saddlecreekpark.com External Website
  • Tenoroc Fish Management Area (Lake A-23 acres, Lake B-206 acres, Lake C-27 acres, Lake D-35 acres, Lake F-33 acres, Hydrilla Lake-48 acres, Lake 2-25 acres, Lake 3-76 acres, Lake 4-43 acres, Lake 5-228 acres, Lake 6-13 acres, Picnic Lake-59 acres, East Pasture-5 acres and West Pasture-5 acres lakes, Cemetary Lake-7 acres, Derby Lake-17, Shop Pond acres)
  • Cargill

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South Region

Broward County

Miami-Dade County

Palm Beach County

St. Lucie County

  • Palm Lake (4 acres)

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FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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