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FMA Regulations

Fishing Regulations Florida Freshwater Fishing

Reg_Map_office_locationsRegulations for
Fish Management Areas

  1. A fishing license is required for residents from 16 to 64 years of age, and for nonresidents 16 or more years of age, to fish by any method, including cane poles, on a Fish Management Area.
  2. The possession of fishing tackle is prohibited on any Fish Management Area that is closed to fishing.
  3. Bag limits and methods of taking freshwater fish apply except as provided for a particular Fish Management Area.
  4. The possession of nets (other than legal minnow seines, cast nets or dip nets), fish traps, trotlines or setlines is prohibited unless specifically authorized by rules established for a particular Fish Management Area.
  5. Persons entering or leaving Fish Management Areas that have designated entry points shall enter or leave only at such designated points.
  6. Any vehicle, boat or other transportation device may be searched while in, entering or leaving a Fish Management Area.
  7. Fish Management Areas may be temporarily closed to accommodate management projects (e.g., drawdowns), or if unsafe conditions exist, or as otherwise specified in a specific Fish Management Area rule.
  8. Intentional release of wildlife or freshwater fish on Fish Management Areas is prohibited.

Northwest Region

Juniper Bay Lake, Walton County: open to fishing.

  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Piney Z, Leon County: open to fishing.

  • 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.
  • Watercraft shall be allowed only as authorized by the City of Tallahassee.
  • Access is prohibited from sunset until sunrise.
  • Use or possession of cast nets or minnow seines is prohibited.
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Lake Victor, Holmes County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Merritt’s Mill Pond, Jackson County: open to fishing.

  • The taking of fish and wildlife with rifles is prohibited.
  • Gigs are prohibited.
  • Trotlines may be used.
  • Redear sunfish (shellcracker) bag limit: 10
  • Redear sunfish less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Hurricane Lake, Okaloosa County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Karick Lake, Okaloosa County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Lake Stone, Escambia County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Bear Lake, Santa Rosa County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.

Joe Budd Pond, Gadsden County: Closed to fishing, except as authorized by permit for Commission-sanctioned events (see MyFWC.com/Fishing for details). Open to fishing during daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays during July, August and September or as specified by order of the Executive Director.

  • No motor vehicles on dams, spillways and fishing fingers.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Sunshine bass bag limit: 10
  • Black bass less than 16 inches in total length must be released immediately.

North Central Region

St. Augustine Road ponds (North and South), Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Baymeadows, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms, possession of alcoholic beverages or use of cast nets is prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Oceanway Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Hanna Park ponds, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Pope Duval East and West ponds, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Bethesda Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Huguenot Pond, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Crystal Springs Park, Duval County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • No person between the ages of 16 years and 64 years shall fish unless accompanied by an angler less than 16 years of age; by an angler 65 years of age or older; by angler who has been certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration, U.S. Social Security Administration, by any branch of the U.S. Armed Services, or by a licensed physician in this State to be totally and permanently disabled and has obtained a permanent license issued pursuant to Section 379.352(5), F.S.; or by an angler with proof of acceptance as a client for developmental services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Swimming, taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages, and use of cast nets are prohibited.
  • Boats are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Camp Blanding area, Clay County: Open to fishing. Magnolia and Lowry Lakes will be open to fishing on days and times determined by Camp Blanding Post Commander. Openings may be changed at discretion of Post Commander to accommodate military training. All anglers will be required to check into and out of area at a manned check station.

  • Guns are prohibited for taking of fish or wildlife except during designated hunting seasons for Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area.
  • Boat launching permitted only at designated areas.
  • Camping is prohibited.
  • During periods closed to hunting, vehicles may be operated only on roads to designated access areas.
  • Use of all-terrain vehicles is prohibited.
  • All watercraft shall be operated at idle speed only.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Alligator Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Fishing is prohibited in Ponderosa Pond except for authorized groups permitted by FWC.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Eagle Lake, Hamilton County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Swimming and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms are prohibited.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Ronnie Vanzant Park, Clay County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Boats or any floating vessel apparatus are prohibited.
  • No swimming or camping.
  • No person 16 years of age or older shall fish unless accompanied by an angler less than 16 years of age.
  • Fishing permitted only with hook and line or rod and reel.
  • Nets are prohibited, except for dip nets.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Lochloosa, Orange Lake, Alachua and Marion counties: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Trotlines having a gallon-sized plastic float at each end may be used, provided that such lines are sunk to the bottom or to a minimum depth of 4 feet.

Newnans Lake, Alachua County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines having a gallon-sized plastic float at each end may be used, provided that such lines are sunk to the bottom or to a minimum depth of 4 feet.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Suwannee Lake, Suwannee County: open to fishing.

  • No camping.
  • No motor vehicles on dam and fishing fingers.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Access to the area from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise for any use other than fishing and launching and loading of boats is prohibited.
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Koon Lake, Lafayette County: open to fishing.

  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Montgomery Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Boats are restricted to idle speed—no wake.
  • 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

Watertown Lake, Columbia County: open to fishing.

  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited.
  • Watercraft shall be operated only at idle speed before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily.
  • 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

Lang Lake, Hamilton County: open to fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Taking of fish or wildlife with firearms is prohibited, except by written permission of the landowner.

Northeast Region

East Lake Tohopekaliga, Osceola County: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Nongame fish may be taken by castnets, dip nets, seines, trotlines, set lines, bush hooks, and traps as specified in Rules 68A-23.002, 68A-23.003 and 68A-23.004, F.A.C.

Lake Jackson, Osceola County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets, minnow lift nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Crappie less than 12 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Lake Marian, Osceola County: open to fishing.

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

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

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Nongame fish may be taken by castnets, dip nets, seines, trotlines, set lines, bush hooks, and traps as specified in Rules 68A-23.002, 68A-23.003 and 68A-23.004, F.A.C.

Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Clermont Chain of Lakes, Lake County (Cook, Winona, Palatlakaha, Crescent, Louisa, Minnehaha, Hiawatha, Minneola, Wilson, Susan and Cherry): open to fishing.

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

Lake Griffin, Lake County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines are prohibited from 9 a.m. Friday until one hour before sunset on Sunday.
  • Trotlines are also prohibited from 9 a.m. until one hour before sunset Monday through Thursday from May 1 through Oct. 31.
  • No trotline may be secured to or fished within 50 yards of a private pier or dock.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Black crappie less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Pellicer Pond, Flagler County: open to fishing.

  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Dias, Volusia County: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Fox Lake, Brevard County: open to fishing.

  • No airboats for fishing or frogging.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

South Lake, Brevard County: open to fishing.

  • No airboats for fishing or frogging.
  • Trotlines may be used.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Lake Ivanhoe, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Cast nets are prohibited.

Lake Santiago in Demetree Park, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Boats are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Cast nets are prohibited.

Hal-Scott Lake, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass must be released immediately.

Bear Creek Park, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Shadow Bay Park, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Bluegill bag limit: 5
  • Bluegill less than 12 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 1
  • Channel catfish less than 30 inches in total length must be released immediately.
  • Black bass must be released immediately.

Clear Lake, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Lawne, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Starke Lake, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Cast nets and minnow seines are prohibited.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Turkey Lake, Orange County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6
  • Black bass must be released immediately.
  • Except for sanctioned events, gasoline motors may not be used on boats.

Lake Underhill, Orange County: open to fishing.

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

Secret Lake, Seminole County: open to fishing.

  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Personal watercraft are prohibited.
  • Cast nets are prohibited.
  • Panfish bag limit: 20
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lake Blue Cypress, Indian River County: open to fishing.

  • Trotlines may be used.
  • No bag limit for channel catfish.

Southwest Region

Lake 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Lakes Hatchineha and Kissimmee, Polk County: open to fishing.

  • No bag limit for channel catfish.
  • Nongame fish may be taken by castnets, dip nets, seines, trotlines, set lines, bush hooks, and traps as specified in Rules 68A-23.002, 68A-23.003 and 68A-23.004, F.A.C.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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

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

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: Check online regulations at bit.ly/FLFWRegs for possible changes.

  • 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.
  • Derby Lake: Daily bag limit for black bass shall be five per day, only one of which may be 16 inches or greater in total length.

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, Polk County:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Swimming, and taking of fish or wildlife with firearms or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Bluegill and redear aggregate bag limit: 20
  • Crappie bag limit: 10
  • 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

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.
  • Bluegill and redear aggregate 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

South Region

Palm Lake, St. Lucie County: open to fishing.

  • Gasoline motors may not be used on boats.
  • Channel catfish bag limit: 6

Caloosa Park Lake, Palm Beach County: open to fishing.

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

Lake Okeeheelee, Palm Beach County: open to fishing.

  • 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.

The northern-most Tropical Park Lake, Miami-Dade County: open to fishing.

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

Plantation Heritage Park Lake, Broward County: open to fishing.

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