Info for Florida Residents Along the highways and byways of Florida lie canals, lakes, ponds and rivers teeming with a huge variety of freshwater bait-busters.
Seldom exceeding a pound, bluegill will nonetheless strike a lure even longer than itself with total malice, causing one to believe a fish twice its actual size is hooked up. Paralleling the Tamiami Trail (US 41) starting just west of Miami to Naples, this canal has been the scene of hand-to-fin combat for three generations.
Try “flipping,” which involves dropping your bait within the length of your rod where you see the water or foliage moving in hopes it's a bass lying there waiting to slurp up your plastic worm. It's not far from Auburn dale and close to I-4, but of late it's produced some of the biggest bass in the state, with many 10-pound-plus bunkers reaching boat side.
Disney's two big lakes contain a huge population of bass that have learned to live with boat noise and crowds. With thousands of acres of mineral-rich waters, Grenville produces incredible numbers of Florida trophy bass, crappie and blue-gill.
The one you need to harvest crabs is the saltwater fishing license. Although there are different kinds of saltwater licenses, they all cover the same species and only vary by duration and whether they are obtained by in-state residents or out-of-state visitors.
If you have Internet access, you can also obtain a license online at MyFWC.com. Fishing from shore and receive any form of assistance from the Department of Children and Family Services (CFS).
With a valid Florida saltwater fishing license, you can harvest blue crab in open water from Sept. 20 through Oct. 4. For open-water harvesting, traps cannot be set more than 3 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, where federal waters begin.
With a valid Florida saltwater fishing license, you can harvest blue crabs from land from July 1 through Oct. 31. Trapping is prohibited for land-based blue crab harvesting, so you must use a dip net or fishing line.
With a valid Florida saltwater fishing license, you can harvest stone crabs from May 16 through Oct. 14. The harvest limit for stone crab is one gallon of claws per harvester per day or two gallons of claws per vessel per day, whichever is less.
You can also wade fish in the surf along the shore of our coastal state parks. You may be able to fish for free from a boat on lakes or ponds that are fully enclosed in a state park.
Bag (number of each type of fish) and length limits and other regulations still apply. Join a national monthly survey of anglers.
); Bass (large mouth, spotted, Guadalupe and small mouth); Saltwater ; and Fly- fishing. Late summer brings fishing for redfish, stripes and large mouth bass.
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