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  • FLorida's TrophyCatch program receives national award

    FLorida's TrophyCatch program receives national award

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program received the 2016 Aquatic Education Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year award from the Fisheries Administration Section of the American Fisheries Society at the FWC Commission meeting on Nov. 17 in St. Petersburg.

  • Lake Okeechobee Discharging Stopped

    Lake Okeechobee Discharging Stopped

    The discharging of polluted water that began early this year from Lake Okeechobee into the surrounding estuaries is finally slowing.

  • Florida FWC Tips on Catching Peacock Bass

    Florida FWC Tips on Catching Peacock Bass

    Featured Fish: Butterfly Peacock Bass Size: The current certified state record is 9.08 pounds, although larger peacock bass have been documented in Florida. The Big Catch minimum qualifying sizes are 4.00 pounds or 18 inches for adults, and 3.00 pounds or 13 inches for youth (BigCatchFlorida.com).

  • Underwater Look at Stocked Stripers | FWC

    Underwater Look at Stocked Stripers | FWC

    Our freshwater fisheries researchers conducted striped bass counts in July 2016, and thousands of stripers have moved into this beautiful spring to escape the summer heat and seek cool refuge.

  • CCA Calls for Actions on South Florida Estuary Disaster

    CCA Calls for Actions on South Florida Estuary Disaster

    CCA Calls for Actions on South Florida Estuary Disaster issues, CCA Florida has also taken several action steps due to the damaging green algae bloom which originally appeared in Lake Okeechobee this year and has since found its way in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. CCA Florida has taken the following actions in the last couple of weeks on behalf of its members:

  • Snook Stock on the Rise After 2010 Freeze

    Snook Stock on the Rise After 2010 Freeze

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than it did on the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic fishery was closed for nine months while the Gulf fishery remained closed until September 2013.

  • Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

    Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

    JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 62,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). "Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and larger than native bass," says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. According to Stubbs,

  • Teenager catches state-record flathead catfish

    Teenager catches state-record flathead catfish

    Charles Patchen (13) from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds.

  • Fish don’t talk, but we can

    Fish don’t talk, but we can

    Fish don’t talk – even if they are referred to as largemouths. But we can and should. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) mission is “To manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.” The latter aspect of that mission makes it critical that FWC staff and stakeholders, such as freshwater anglers and boaters, collaborate to ensure the use of the most appropriate fisheries management practices.

  • Florida FWC Approves Lionfish Removal Efforts

    Florida FWC Approves Lionfish Removal Efforts

    At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016.

  • Gulf Red Snapper Season Set

    Gulf Red Snapper Season Set

    At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters.The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7.

  • FLORIDA’S KENNEY LEADS DAY ONE OF FLW TOUR ON BEAVER LAKE

    FLORIDA’S KENNEY LEADS DAY ONE OF FLW TOUR ON BEAVER LAKE

    For years Beaver Lake has seemed to have pro angler J.T. Kenney’s number. In his previous 13 visits to the northwest Arkansas fishery, Kenney has averaged a finish of 85th place and finished in the money just three times. This week at the Walmart FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by Jack Link’s, Kenney’s luck could be turning.

  • Legendary Angler Rick Clunn Storms Into Lead With Huge Catch At St. Johns River

    Legendary Angler Rick Clunn Storms Into Lead With Huge Catch At St. Johns River

    Rick Clunn of Ava, Mo., takes the lead on the third day of the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, bringing a whopping 31 pounds, 7 ounces to the scales on Saturday for a three-day total weight of 62-15.

  • Mark Daniels Jr. Recaps Lake Okeechobee

    Mark Daniels Jr. Recaps Lake Okeechobee

    Recap from the FLW Costa Series on Lake Okeechobee

  • Proposed No Take Zones in South Florida

    Proposed No Take Zones in South Florida

    Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) supports healthy fisheries and habitat, including our coral reefs. When appropriate CCA has supported a number of spawning season area closures in the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. CCA has an active habitat restoration and artificial reefs placement program.

  • Florida FWC Announces Deadline for Comment on Imperiled Species Plan

    Florida FWC Announces Deadline for Comment on Imperiled Species Plan

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds the public that their comments are welcome on the draft Florida Imperiled Species Management Plan, an innovative, integrated and comprehensive approach to conserving multiple imperiled species.

  • Fishing a Foot Deep on the Florida Flats

    Fishing a Foot Deep on the Florida Flats

    For those who are new to it, fishing in a foot of water may seem a fool's errand. You can look down and clearly see that there are no fish under the boat, obviously--the water is crystal clear in many areas and hardly deep enough to float a mallard.

  • Florida Gulf Recreational Snook Harvest Closes Tomorrow

    Florida Gulf Recreational Snook Harvest Closes Tomorrow

    Florida Gulf Recreational Snook Harvest Closes Tomorrow

  • Florida TrophyCatch Program Celebration

    Florida TrophyCatch Program Celebration

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just concluded Season 3 of the TrophyCatch citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document and release largemouth bass greater than 8 pounds. One angler caught the biggest bass in three seasons and, for the first time, a woman joins the ranks of Hall of Fame winners in a big way.

  • New Bag Limits Effective Nov. 1 for Barracuda in Southern Florida Counties

    New Bag Limits Effective Nov. 1 for Barracuda in Southern Florida Counties

    New recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda go into effect Nov. 1 for state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only.