Commissioner’s Message

Fishing Regulations Florida Freshwater Fishing

New strategies and strong partnerships keys to future of fishing

Florida is world famous for our wonderful climate and diverse natural resources, which offer residents and visitors abundant opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, hunting and shooting sports. Management of our valuable fisheries and wildlife depends on public participation in these activities as they help support the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. Many state fish and wildlife conservation programs are supported through the purchase of fishing and hunting licenses, as well as a federal excise tax on sport fishing equipment, pleasure boats, taxes on motorboat fuels, firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.

Florida is part of a national effort to recruit new anglers, retain current participants, and reactivate those who have dropped out of the sport. By working with communities and the fishing industry, Florida will enhance programs to recruit, retain and reactivate anglers (“R3”) —
increasing support for fish and wildlife programs. The FWC has developed a R3 Fisheries Action Plan to guide the agency’s outreach, education and marketing efforts, as well as evaluate its current programs and initiatives.

You can contribute to Florida’s R3 efforts by becoming an ambassador for fishing. Invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member who does not fish to accompany you on your next fishing trip! Share with family and friends how revenue from fishing licenses and equipment purchases help fund wildlife and habitat management.

Another way you can plug into Florida’s R3 efforts is by volunteering for the FWC’s Kids Fishing Derbies or High School Fishing Program. (To volunteer, visit MyFWC.com and click on “Get Involved.”) Share your knowledge and skill with the next generation! We hope you’ll join us and our partners to help secure the future for fishing and conservation.


Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing for up-to-date information on fishing, boating and how to help ensure safe, sustainable fisheries for the future.


For the latest rules, always visit
FLRules.org. FWC rules are in chapter 68.

Fish and Wildlife Alert Reward Program

Report fishing, boating or hunting law violations by calling toll-free
1-888-404-FWCC (3922);
on cell phones, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier; report violations online at MyFWC.com/Law or text: Tip@MyFWC.com.

Stop the Spread of Nonnative Species

It is illegal to introduce any nonnative fish or any other nonnative organism into the waters of the state. To find out more visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency which receives Federal financial assistance, you should contact/write to:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of Human Resources, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600; Telephone 850-488-6411

or contact/write to: Civil Rights Accessibility Coordinator for Public Access, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; Telephone 703-358-2349 or 703-358-2131.