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Fishing Regulations Florida Freshwater Fishing

TrophyCatch Is rewarding anglers who catch, document & release Florida’s trophy bass!

Become a Citizen-Scientist!

It starts with fishing then a photo or video to document your 8+ lbs. catch on a scale, release it and share your catch details at www.TrophyCatch.com. This extremely valuable data influences FWC research projects such as genetic studies, the ecological health of Florida’s fresh waterbodies, and the proper way to handle a trophy-sized bass for minimal stress.

This data even assisted with the FWC’s recent freshwater black bass regulation change and it will continue to play a key role in management decisions for Florida’s fresh waterbodies. More details can be found at bit.ly/TrophyResearch.

TrophyCatch Goals:

  • Create Citizen-Scientists of our anglers who are focused on trophy bass to help FWC better enhance, conserve, and promote trophy bass fishing.
  • Encourage catch-and-release of the biggest, oldest, most valuable bass.
  • Promote Florida’s freshwater fishing by collaborating with anglers, fishing-related businesses and local communities.

Get the latest updates:

Want to know which lakes are hot or who has the biggest bass so far this season? Simply sign up for program only emails at TrophyCatch.com, and “Like” or “Follow” us on Facebook and YouTube/TrophyCatchFlorida for the latest catches and partner information.

Big Catch

Celebrates anglers who land memorable-sized catches of 33 different freshwater species! Flip to Florida Freshwater Fish to find out more about our Big Catch program and how to become an Elite Angler.

State Record

There are important details to know if you catch a possible Florida state record. Call the nearest FWC Regional Office to report a record. Learn more at BigCatchFlorida.com/State-Record.aspx

How to submit your 8 lbs. or larger bass: