With 3 million acres of freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals, Florida is THE fishing capital in the world. Whether you’re fishing from a bank, a dock or over the side of a john boat, it can be both relaxing and exciting all at the same time! The time spent fishing is time spent soaking in the world around us, and learning to appreciate Florida’s plenteous wildlife that survive in and around these precious freshwater bodies.

Getting Started

It doesn’t take a lot of fancy equipment to get started freshwater fishing. All you need is a simple rod and reel, fishing line, tackle, and bait or lures. Wondering where to go fishing? In Florida, that’s an easy question to answer. From spring-fed lakes to neighborhood retention ponds, bubbling streams to meandering rivers, Florida has no shortage of freshwater fishing locations.

Fishing is a lifelong activity and the sooner you get started the more memories you can make and treasure. Be sure to look into the fishing license requirements before you go. Fish on!