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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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Deer Point Lake


Deer Point Lake is an impound lake that spans 5,000 acres and is fed with natural freshwater streams and supplies freshwater for Panama City. There is a fishing pier near the dam and some bluegill, sunfish and largemouth bass are available. Deer Point Lake, just 5 miles from Lynn Haven, 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 Deer Point Lake include Springfield, Callaway and Panama City. If Deer Point Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Bayou George Creek, Econfina Creek, Bear Creek, Dry Branch, Cedar Creek, Mill Bayou, Clear Creek, Minge Branch, Bird Pond Slough and Juniper Creek.
Types Of Fishes : Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish
Closest Cities : Lynn Haven 5miles, Springfield 8miles, Callaway 9miles, Panama City 9miles, Parker 10miles


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Abbott Lake


Abbott Lake, just 2 miles from Deltona, 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 Abbott Lake include Orange City, DeBary and Lake Helen. If Abbott Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Bethel Creek, DeBarry Creek, Woodruff Creek, Mills Creek, Wekiva River, Black Water Creek, Snake Creek, Chub Creek, Three Otter Creek and Lake Ashby Creek.
Closest Cities : Deltona 2miles, Orange City 4miles, DeBary 5miles, Lake Helen 6miles, Sanford 6miles


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Acorn Fish Lake


Acorn Fish Lake, just 4 miles from Deltona, 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 Acorn Fish Lake include Lake Helen, Orange City and Sanford. If Acorn Fish Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Sandy Drain, Lake Ashby Creek, Bethel Creek, Cow Creek, Woodruff Creek, Deep Creek, Chub Creek, DeBarry Creek, Three Otter Creek and Mills Creek.
Closest Cities : Deltona 4miles, Lake Helen 9miles, Orange City 9miles, Sanford 10miles, DeBary 11miles


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Acorn Lake


Acorn Lake, just 3 miles from Apalachicola, 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 Acorn Lake include Port Saint Joe, Carrabelle and Wewahitchka. If Acorn Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Acorn Lake Creek, Grassy Creek, Poorhouse Creek, Tucker Creek, Chipley Creek, Hoffman Creek, Saul Creek, Ingram Creek, Scipio Creek and Pine Log Creek.
Closest Cities : Apalachicola 3miles, Port Saint Joe 17miles, Carrabelle 21miles, Wewahitchka 26miles, Mexico Beach 26miles


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Acorn Lake


Acorn Lake, just 6 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 Acorn Lake include Bristol, Blountstown and Mexico Beach. If Acorn Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Gregory Mill Creek, Florida River, Alligator Creek, Equaloxic Creek, Moccasin Slough, Clark Branch, Stone Mill Creek, River Styx, Salters Branch and Two Barrel Branch.
Closest Cities : Wewahitchka 6miles, Bristol 19miles, Blountstown 19miles, Mexico Beach 23miles, Port Saint Joe 26miles