The Salt water and Fresh water fishing is
excellent all year round in Florida
Fresh Water Action
LARGEMOUTH BASS is the best known
and most popular freshwater game fish in
Florida. Found statewide, largemouth bass have
excellent growth rates, particularly in the
productive waters of central Florida.
Spring is the best time of year to catch
bass, when fish move into shallow water to
A variety of panfish, or bream as they are
popularly known, is available throughout
the most common panfish, thrives in lakes and
ponds, but good populations are found in rivers,
particularly below dams. Bluegill spawn
throughout the summer
- bream, blue bream, sun perch, blue sunfish,
copperhead, copperbelly, roach.
Other panfish include:
- The redear sunfish, or shellcracker;
(March and April)
- Redbreast sunfish, also known as river
bream and redbellies;
- The spotted sunfish, or stumpknocker and
- The Black crappie, a cool weather favorite
is known locally as speckled perch or specks
STRIPED BASS, WHITE BASS AND SUNSHINE BASS
Common Names - striper, rockfish, rock,
All Florida populations of striped bass are
river dwellers rather than anadromous (normally
living in salt or brackish waters, but entering
freshwater streams to spawn). The species has
been widely introduced in numerous lakes, rivers
and impoundments throughout the world. Stripers
prefer relatively clear water with a good supply
of open-water baitfish. Their preferred water
temperature range is 65 to 70 degrees.
Spawning Habits - Spawns in March, April and May
when water temperatures reach 60 to 68 degrees.
Common Names - spotted
cat, blue channel cat, river catfish
Channel catfish are abundant throughout Florida,
spawning in holes and crevices in flowing water.
Channel catfish may exceed 40 pounds, although
the typical size is less than five pounds.
White catfish, yellow bullheads and brown
bullheads usually range from one to two pounds,
and readily spawn in lakes and ponds where they
also provide good fishing.Spawning occurs mostly
in rivers and streams in the spring and early
summer when waters warm to 70 to 85 degrees
Butterfly peacocks are caught only during
daylight hours, as they do not feed at night.
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information on Florida Fishing Visit:
FWC - Florida Fish and Wildlife