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Types of Fish in Florida

American Shad
Black Bass
Black Grouper
Blue Catfish
Blue Marlin
Bluefish
Bluegill
Bowfin
Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Gar
Largemouth Bass
Red Grouper
Redear Sunfish
Spotted Sea Trout
Striped Bass
Sunfish
Warmouth
White Catfish
White Marlin

Given that the state is a peninsula of course it has excellent coastal fishing! Florida’s freshwater fishing is great, too, though few people realize that. With an abundance of unspoiled natural habitats and year round good weather Florida makes for a perfect destination.

Florida’s coastal fishing opportunities are so lengthy that they could fill a book and still have room for a sequel! A few of the most popular sport fish of the sea are snook, sea bass, red snapper, tarpon, drum, and many more. If you elect to fish in the Gulf Stream you are likely to catch kingfish, swordfish, marlin, wahoo, and humongous tuna.

Out of all the Florida Keys the most noteworthy for fishing is Islamorada, although every Florida fisherman has his favorite. Islamorada has great amberjack, tuna, snapper, swordfish, grouper fishing, and many others. Currently Islamorada holds Florida’s record goliath grouper, amberjack, spearfish, and mackerel. No wonder it is so popular for catching trophies!

An excellent option for fine fishing and convention location is Biscayne Bay, within a half hour’s drive of Miami International Airport. Snook, grouper, tarpon, barracuda, and even shark swim in Biscayne’s waters. The state record fly fishing bonefish was also caught from Biscayne Key.

Florida has one of the most active artificial reef programs in the country. Oriskany Reef is the most popular, though more so with divers than anglers. The Oriskany Reef is home to amberjack, tuna, wahoo, grouper, and others.

For more adventure try shark fishing. Florida is home to tiger, hammerhead, white, spinner, mako, and more. Two state shark records bypass a thousand pounds! Deep water charters are the safest option given their experience and equipment.

Florida fishing is all about endless good choices. You can catch a bonito in Boca Raton or a white marlin off Miami beach. Or tell your friends that after lounging on a white sandy beach in Key West you caught trophy mackerel and barracuda. No matter where you go you are liable to bring home many unforgettable memories!

Despite being best known for its saltwater fishing Florida has excellent inland fishing as well. This state is full of lakes, bayous, and channels. The best freshwater fishing is usually for bass, and Florida’s bass species are diverse! From largemouth to spotted, right down to the rarer sunshine bass, Florida has great inland fishing.

Some argue that it is the best lake in the state, but Lake George is an excellent bass fishery. Though its primary attraction is bass Lake George, the second largest lake in Florida, is also full of catfish, crappie, and bluegill.

Lake Kissimmee is also popular for sizable bass. Crappie fishing there is quite good too. There are several islands to explore or picnic on. Given its location in central Florida, it is perfect for an angler to escape to while the rest of the family goes to Disney.

Apalachicola River is renown for its bass, particularly striped, white, and sunshine bass. No other river in the state has more records; Apalachicola River holds the striped, spotted, shoal, and white bass records. No wonder people flock to it for trophies!

Sunshine bass make a change from the usual bass species, and are excellent proof of Florida’s successful stocking. Half a million of these hybrid of white and striped bass not found in nature are stocked annually. Other unusual Florida bass include the peacock and Suwannee bass. Suwannee bass can be found in the Ochlockonee River, and of course the Suwannee River.

The Florida Everglades is a unique, beautiful angling location. The most attractive species there is largemouth bass, and three or four pounders are not uncommon catches. Peak season is during spring. There are also chain pickerel, black crappie, oscar, warmouth, and Florida gar.

The Florida gar is a noteworthy species of this state. This prehistoric fish can be pulled from the Ochlockonee River, and any other low-oxygen rivers.

Anyone sixteen or older needs a license to fish in Florida. There are many kinds of licenses suitable to different purposes – such as the shoreline saltwater license – so think about what you need in a license before you buy. Freshwater and saltwater fishing requires individual licensure.

Residents and non-residents are both welcome to annual licenses. Residents enjoy the benefits of annual youth licenses and five year licenses. Lifetime licenses are only available to residents. Non-residents can brighten their vacation with a three or seven day license. Acceptable proof of residency includes a state driver’s license or state ID (required for online purchases). If one is a member of the military then their military orders will suffice. No minimum length of residency. Social security numbers are necessary.

There are many free fishing days; Florida has some for fresh and some for saltwater!
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Blue Cypress Lake


Blue Cypress Lake is a beautiful scenic lake located inside the Blue Cypress Conservation Area. The shoreline of this lake is mainly cypress and spatterdock which offers fish many places to hide. The lake is over 6500 acres and has decent populations of largemouth bass, bluegills and catfish. Blue Cypress Lake, just 8 miles from Fellsmere, Florida, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Blue Cypress Lake include Sebastian, Grant-Valkaria and Palm Bay. If Blue Cypress Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Blue Cypress Creek, Padgett Branch, Cow Log Branch, Fort Drum Creek, Sixmile Creek, Jim Green Creek, Parker Slough, Sweetwater Branch, Boggy Branch and Wolf Creek.
Types Of Fishes : Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish
Closest Cities : Fellsmere 8miles, Sebastian 17miles, Grant-Valkaria 18miles, Palm Bay 18miles, Orchid 20miles


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Crescent Lake


Crescent Lake is over 15,900 acres in size. Multiple access points are available off of highway 17 as well as private access from some of the many resorts on this lake. A great lake for largemouth bass, crescent lake also offers decent crappie fishing opportunities. Crescent Lake, just 1 miles from Crescent City, Florida, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Crescent Lake include Pomona Park, Welaka and Bunnell. If Crescent Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Salt Creek, Bull Creek, Haw Creek, Little Haw Creek, Beecher Run, Middle Haw Creek, Hunter Branch, Mud Creek, Patty Wiggins Branch and Willow Cove Branch.
Types Of Fishes : Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass
Closest Cities : Crescent City 1miles, Pomona Park 6miles, Welaka 9miles, Bunnell 11miles, Pierson 15miles


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Dead Lakes


Dead Lakes is a beautiful lake located in Gulf county that covers 6,700 acres. The west arm of Dead Lakes is accessible via the Dead Lakes State Recreation Area off of State Route 71. The lake is filled with cypress stumps and boaters should be careful when operating watercraft. Fish in the lake include largemouth bass and bluegills. Dead Lakes, just 4 miles from Wewahitchka, Florida, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Dead Lakes include Blountstown, Bristol and Mexico Beach. If Dead Lakes doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Clark Branch, Brown Creek, Stone Mill Creek, Big Branch, Guardhouse Branch, Florida River, Right Prong Stone Mill Creek, Crooked Creek, Chipola River and Moccasin Slough.
Types Of Fishes : Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish
Closest Cities : Wewahitchka 4miles, Blountstown 19miles, Bristol 20miles, Mexico Beach 21miles, Callaway 23miles


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Lake George


Lake George is a natural impoundment of the St. Johns River. It is 46,000 acres in size and provides excellent habitats for fish. No more then 10 feet in depth in most places the lake has plenty of vegetation for fish to shelter near. Lake George, just 8 miles from Pierson, Florida, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Lake George include Crescent City, Welaka and Pomona Park. If Lake George doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Silver Glen Springs Run, Patty Wiggins Branch, Willow Cove Branch, Little Juniper Creek, Juniper Creek, Salt Springs Run, Blue Creek, Morman Branch, Axle Creek and Jumping Gully.
Types Of Fishes : Black Bass, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass
Closest Cities : Pierson 8miles, Crescent City 11miles, Welaka 14miles, Pomona Park 14miles, Bunnell 18miles


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Alligator Lake


Alligator Lake is almost entirely with Lake City Limits. It's approximately 800 acres. The entire area is available for fishing and hunting since it was purchased in 1997. The lake offers great access for shore fishing and boat fishing. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alligator Lake include White Springs, Fort White and Lake Butler. If Alligator Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Price Creek, Cannon Creek, Clay Hole Creek, Rose Creek, Falling Creek, Rose Creek, Swift Creek, Falling Creek, Four Mile Branch and Robinson Creek.
Types Of Fishes : Bluegill, Bowfin, Crappie, Gar, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish
Closest Cities : Lake City 1miles, White Springs 13miles, Fort White 17miles, Lake Butler 20miles, Worthington Springs 20miles