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Fishing Regulations Florida Freshwater Fishing

Share Your Time, Knowledge and Passion for Fishing by Becoming a Mentor

Some of the best memories are made on or near the water. There’s something about catching that first fish that creates a passion for conservation and exploring the outdoors. Taking a new friend fishing or mentoring a budding youth angler is one of the most important things you can do for conservation. Teach them how to tie the perfect knot. Show them how to land that big fish and then how to release it to be caught another day. Buy them a fishing license and some tackle, which both help contribute to conservation through programs like Sport Fish Restoration that provides funding to increase access via boat ramps, contributes funding to fisheries management projects and more.

Freshwater fishing gives us the chance to recharge from our busy days while feeling the quick bump of a bite and the rush of excitement that comes from reeling in that hard-fighting fish. It offers us a chance to reconnect with our family and friends, and to create a bond that reaches further than our smartphone screens. With more than 7,500 lakes, ponds and reservoirs, approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals, and about 80 Fish Management Areas, finding a great fishing hole in Florida is easy and this booklet makes it even more convenient.

This 2019-2020 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary was created as a resource so that you can easily find the information you need for fishing throughout Florida, plus fishing tips from pro anglers, suggestions from FWC biologists on the best places to fish, and information on fishing camps and angler recognition programs, such as Big Catch and TrophyCatch. Big Catch offers anglers a certificate for their memorable-sized catches of 33 freshwater species to BigCatchFlorida.com, while TrophyCatch offers anglers prizes from partners such as Bass Pro Shops for their approved largemouth bass catch weighing eight pounds or heavier (more information on Angler Recognition Program).

Cultivate interest in the sport you love by serving as a mentor. Create tomorrow’s conservationists. Make memories. Take someone fishing and remind them why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World!

Freshwater Rule Changes

There are no new freshwater regulation changes for 2019-2020. For the latest rules, always visit FLRules.org. FWC rules are in chapter 68.