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Florida Freshwater Fishing

All about fishing in the Sunshine State

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The state of Florida is known as "The Fishing Capital of The World", and for good reason. The state is virtually dotted with lakes, ponds, streams and rivers and it is surrounded almost entirely by ocean.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, bluegill, flier sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, stripers, alligator gar, bowfin, chain pickerel and longnose gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Plenty of saltwater fishing is also available, however this website is focused on fresh water fishing.

Major Florida Lakes

Florida major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Florida, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Florida, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Florida Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Blue Cypress Lake is a 6,555-acre lake located in the eastern-central part of the state, 20 miles east of Vero Beach, FL.

Crescent Lake is a 16,000-acre lake located in the northeast part of the state at Crescent City, FL.

Crooked Lake is a 5,500-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 15 miles southeast of Winter Haven, FL.

Deerpoint Lake is a 5,000-acre lake located in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles north of Panama City, FL.

East Lake Tohopekaliga is a 12,000-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 4 miles east of Kissimmee, FL.

Jim Woodruff Reservoir (Lake Seminole) is a 37,500-acre lake located in the northwest part of the state on the Florida-Georgia border, at Chattahoochie, FL.

Lake Apopka is a 30,700-acre lake located in the central part of the state, at Winter Garden, FL - 10 miles west of Orlando.

Lake Conlin is a 6,300-acre lake located in the eastern-central part of the state, 10 miles east of St. Cloud, FL.

Lake Eustis is a 7,800-acre lake located in central Florida, 5 miles east of Leesburg.

Lake George is a 46,000-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 8 miles west of Crescent City, FL.

Lake Griffin is a 16,500-acre lake located in the central part of the state, immediately north of Leesburg, FL.

Lake Harris is a 13,800-acre lake located in the central part of the state, immediately south of Leesburg, FL.

Lake Harney is a 6,000-acre lake located in the north-central part of the state, 5 miles east of Geneva, FL.

Lake Hatchineha is a 6,600-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 15 miles south of Kissimmee, FL.

Lake Istokpoga is a 27,700-acre lake located in the central-southern part of the state, 5 miles east of Lake Placid, FL.

Lake Jessup is a 10,000-acre lake located in the north central part of the state, at Winter Springs, FL.

Lake Kissimmee is a 34,900-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 25 miles south of Kissimmee, FL.

Lake Marian is a 5,700-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 15 miles southwest of Kissimmee, FL.

Lake Miccosukee is a 6,200-acre lake located in the northern-central part of the state, 10 miles west of Monticello, FL.

Lake Monroe is a 9,400-acre lake located in the eastern-central part of the state, at Deltona, FL.

Lake Newnan is a 7,400-acre lake located in the northeastern part of the state, 5 miles east of Gainsville, FL.

Lake Okeechobee is a 448,000-acre lake located in the southern-central part of the state, at Okeechobee, FL.

Lake Talquin is a 8,800-acre lake located in the northwest part of the state, 10 miles west of Tallahassee, FL.

Lake Tohopekaliga is a 18,800-acre lake located in the central part of the state, on the southern edge of Kissimmee, FL.

Lake Weir is a 5,700-acre lake located in the middle-western part of the state, at Ocklawaha,FL.

Lake Weohyakapka is a 7,500-acre lake located in the central part of the state, 20 miles southeast of Winter Haven, FL.

Lochloosa Lake is a 5,700-acre lake located in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles south of Hawthorne, FL.

Orange Lake is a 12,700-acre lake located in the northeast part of the state, 10 miles south of Hawthorne, FL.

The St. John's River is a 60-mile long impoundment that runs north and south in the northeast corner of the state, between Jacksonville and Palatka,FL.

Tsala Apopka Lake is a 19,100-acre lake located in the northern part of the peninsula on the western edge, at Hernando, FL.

Big Florida Bass

A big Florida bass by Tim Fey from FL Bass Fishing Guide Service.

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Florida Fishing Lakes - Info & Maps

Lake George Map
Lake Istokpoga Map
Lake Kissimmee Map
Lake Okeechobee Map
Lake Talquin Map
Tsala Apopka Lake Map

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Fish for big bass in Florida

Big bass are the primary target of Florida anglers. The state also offers good crappie fishing, catfish, stripers and many species of sunfish, like bluegill and redear sunfish.

State of FL Fishing Information

Click here for a Florida Fishing License. While fishing in the area be sure to take the family to Orlando for the vacation of a lifetime. Visit the FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission website for rules and regulations on fishing in Florida.

Fish Species in Florida

Fishing for bass in Florida

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

FL State Record: 17 lbs 4 oz
(also unofficial 20 lbs 1 oz)

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

FL State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Shoal Bass

Shoal bass

World record: 7 lbs 8 oz

FL State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

FL State Record: 7 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for catfish in Florida

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 45 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

FL State Record: 55 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 64 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 18 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for crappie in Florida

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for panfish in Florida

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

FL State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

FL State Record: 1.24 lbs

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

FL State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

FL State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

FL State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

FL State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

FL State Record: 4 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Florida

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

FL State Record: 42 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for other species in Florida

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar

World record: 279 lbs

FL State Record: 123 lbs

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

FL State Record: 19 lbs 0 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

FL State Record: 6 lbs 15 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

FL State Record: 41 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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