An exception is you may take mullet from fresh water with only a freshwater fishing license, even though they are normally considered a saltwater species. For all other frogs and toads, there are no seasons, bag or size limits and a recreational license is not needed.
Licenses and permits are not required to take a recreational bag limit of turtles in accordance with rules provided below. Freshwater turtles can only be taken by hand, dip net, minnow seine or baited hook.
Freshwater turtles only can be taken by hand, dip net, minnow seine or baited hook. In addition, collecting and possession of freshwater turtle eggs is prohibited without a permit.
Those in possession of a valid Aquaculture Certificate of Registration and restricted species authorization from the FD ACS (FloridaAquaculture.com) may culture and sell red-eared sliders, but only to out-of-state recipients or Floridians who have a valid conditional species permit. However, certified turtle farmers that buy red-eared sliders for direct retail sale must have a conditional species permit.
In summary, “Taking” live or dead freshwater mussels for the purpose of sale, as well as “selling,” is prohibited. Bag Limit: No person shall take more than 10 freshwater mussels, or 20 half-shells of the families Unionize and Margaritiferidae per day.
Additionally, no person may possess more than two days’ bag limit (20 individuals, 40 half-shells) of any mussels of these families. Any deviation requires a permit from the Executive Director, in accordance with 68A-9.002 FAC (see illustrations).
Freshwater mussels from families other than the two mentioned above, such as Asian clams, may be taken for bait or personal use. When you don’t have a scale, you can use total length and girth to get a rough estimate of a bass’ weight.
Florida ’s role as the fishing destination for travelers was reaffirmed, with 2 million nonresident anglers visiting the state. The ripple effect of these dollars was an $8.7 billion economic impact from Florida ’s recreational fisheries that supported 80,211 jobs.
Florida ’s rules and regulations are designed to help ensure the safety of all the people in Florida, visitors and residents alike, and to help make sure that one of the state’s most important economic engines is protected and maintained for future generations. Not knowing the rules puts people at risk of seriously damaging everyone’s current and future fishing opportunities.
Not knowing the rules also puts people in the position of breaking them, and that can mean incurring a fine or, in extreme cases, imprisonment. All anglers are legally required to be familiar with the rules and regulations governing the type of fishing they are doing.
Florida's residents who are age 65 or older are exempt from the purchase of specified recreational hunting, fishing licenses, and permits, and only need to carry a Florida Driver’s License or Identification Card to prove residency and age. Florida's residents who are age 65 or older may also obtain a complimentary, no-cost, hunting and fishing certificate online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
This certificate indicates that the holder is not required to purchase saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, hunting licenses, Shook, lobster, deer, management area, muzzle loading, turkey, archery, crossbow, * Florida waterfowl, and migratory bird permits. Reprints are available at no-cost by accessing your licenses and permits through your online account at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, or at a Tax Collector or retail agent location at a cost of $2.00 or $2.50, respectively.
All recreational anglers and divers age 16 and older, including those 65 and older, who are fishing from a private boat anywhere in Florida and intend to harvest, attempt to harvest or possess one or more of the following reef fish species: mutton snapper (new) yellowtail snapper (new) dogfish (new) red snapper vermilion snapper gag grouper red grouper black grouper greater amber jack lesser amber jack banded rudder fish Almach jack gray trigger fish Your Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation will remain valid until its expiration date (a year from the date you last obtained it) and will meet the new statewide requirement after the State Reef Fish Angler designation goes into effect on July 1, 2021.
However, if you would like your State Reef Fish Angler designation and your saltwater fishing license to expire at the same time, you can also choose to sign up this designation when renewing your license. The unique identification code received from the educational course must be entered prior to obtaining this permit.
Recreational Stone and Blue Crab Trap Registrations are required for all anglers age 16 or older, including those 65 and older who are normally exempt from needing a saltwater fishing license. Recreational Stone and Blue Crab Trap Registrations are available online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Once the checkout process is complete registration numbers will be assigned. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) and our partners encourage you to enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and friends. This website provides basic tips about how to have a fun, safe experience while helping us conserve our aquatic resources for tomorrow.
This economic trend is great news for Florida partially because state and local taxes from the sale of fishing -related goods and services generated $441 million for general funds. In spite of the national estimates of fishing participation for all U.S. anglers (does not include foreign anglers) over 16 years of age decreasing, actual fishing license sales for both freshwater and saltwater have increased in Florida.
This discrepancy is partially the result of seniors (age 65 and older), resident saltwater shoreline anglers and several other groups, including those fishing from licensed saltwater piers or charter boats, being exempt from licensing. Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World because of great resources and responsible management.
From insurance companies, car manufacturers, or soft drink producers, the imagery of recreational fishing is presented because it reminds us of our roots and of a closeness to nature that calms the soul. Get Outdoors Florida is a nonprofit coalition that encourages Floridians and tourists to enjoy a more healthy lifestyle by participating in active nature-based recreation throughout the site.
Its website provides information on events and locations to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Following publication on Richard Loud’s book, Last Child in the Woods, the Children and Nature Network compiled a vast amount of research showing how important it is to spend quality time outdoors interacting with nature.
So it is not surprising that studies have consistently shown that involvement with family members and friends is a primary reason people go boating and fishing. When outdoors in Florida, use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin damage, be certain to drink plenty of water, be aware of your surroundings and be careful of sharp fishing hooks.
Please don’t feed wildlife while enjoying the great diversity of birds and animals you’ll see while fishing. Clean your boat and trailer of any vegetation and never move fish between bodies of water, to help prevent establishing non-native plants and spreading diseases.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides a variety of angler recognition programs to help commemorate your catch, and beginning October 2012, you can be rewarded by TrophyCatch for documenting and releasing large mouth bass greater than eight pounds. Anytime that you can get out on the water safely (let’s avoid lightning storms and hurricanes).
Time of Day : Typically, for freshwater fishes especially, dawn and dusk tend to be more active feeding periods and also allow some escape from the heat. However, anytime of day you can expect to catch fish, if you know where to find them and are patient.
If it’s very hot and bright, the key is finding shade around structure or deeper cooler waters. Lunar Cycle : Yes, the phases of the moon also play a role in how aggressive fish are and how they congregate, especially around spawning time.
The So lunar Theory helps provide some insights into peak fishing periods based on this information--but remember local variables may play an even more important role. A basic tip: The three days before and after new or full moons often make for stimulated fishing action.
If the front lasts for a prolonged period, the aftermath can again bring enhanced fishing conditions. Part of this is programmed into their genes, but much of it is triggered by water temperature, lunar phase and their nutrition as well.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsors numerous events around the state to encourage parents and other responsible adults to “take a kid fishing and see what they mean when they say “Water Works Wonders.” The first full week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week and is a time when businesses around the state and our Division of Marine Fisheries concentrate many of their clinics. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.
With all those areas teeming with fish, we can’t list them all, but you are always within reach of a place to “wet a line.” A great start is our online guide to Florida the Fishing Capital of the World (PDF), which lists 30 top freshwater destinations and numerous state parks that provide saltwater access. Basic fishing tackle is reasonably priced, and enthusiasts can find the rod and reel of their dreams in specialty stores, bait-and-tackle shops or general retailers throughout Florida.
By purchasing a license, you also help Florida receive additional funds from Federal Aid in Sport fish Restoration, a program into which anglers already pay via federal excise taxes on fishing tackle and motorboat fuel taxes. Learns and obeys fishing and boating rules and regulations, and purchases appropriate licenses.