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Freshwater Rule Changes

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Effective July 1, 2012

  • Free freshwater fishing weekend has been divided into two separate free freshwater fishing Saturdays to provide anglers greater opportunities to try recreational fishing or to introduce someone new to this exciting lifetime sport. The new dates will be the first Saturday in April (April 6, 2013) and the second Saturday in June (June 8, 2013). All other rules apply.
  • Lake Griffin Fish Management Area, Lake County – A new 10-inch minimum for black crappie has been established. The bag limit for black crappie remains 25 fish.
  • Until December 31, 2012 all game fish caught on Lake Medard, Hillsborough County) must be immediately released unharmed. Cast nets, bush hooks, and trot lines are prohibited. New rules may be in effect commencing January 1, 2013 – See (Chapter 68) for updates.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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