FL Fish & Wildlife Commission Fishing Report

FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission works to protect, safe and preserve Florida fish. The FL fishing photos and the latest Florida Fishing News is presented as a public service from Naples Marco Living. Thank you for supporting the fishing and wildlife conservation efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Contact us for information about featuring your business in Naples Marco Living.

  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Little Lake Harris
    FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Little Lake Harris -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on 2,700 acres of Little Lake Harris this week, weather permitting.

    Little Lake Harris is in Lake County. It is part of the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida.

    While there will be no restrictions on fishing and swimming during this treatment for invasive hydrilla, there will be a 14-day restriction on irrigation to turf and landscape ornamentals.

    Hydrilla is an exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible, and it chokes out beneficial native plants. Managing and treating it are necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

    Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

    For more information, contact Nathalie Visscher, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-228-3364.

Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Experience some of the best charter fishing south Florida has to offer. Our captains have 30+ years of experience to help make your Naples / Marco Island fishing trip one to remember. Fishing in an estuary is a unique esperience! You'll fish for Snook, Red Snapper, Drum Tarpon, Trout, Tripletail, Shark, Grouper, or Pompano. These are just a few of the many species in the 10,000 Islands.
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Captain Phil DeVille Fishing Charters
Capt. Phil DeVille – 10,000 Islands Backwaters - Everglades National Park Fishing Tours, Port of the Islands, Naples, FL | 239-293-5480
Share Captain Phil's passion for the Ten Thousand Islands - Florida Everglades charter fishing trips. Fish for Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Snapper, Flounder and more from a 17' Mitzi Skiff Flats Boatfish. Over 15 varieties of edible fish and great sport fishing. Up to 189 species of birds may be seen in a single trip. View alligators, crocodiles, osprey, eagles, dolphin, and manatee.
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Sunshine Fishing Charters Marco Island FL
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provide unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private fishing charters available.
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Outgoing Charters Captain Jesse Hill
Outgoing Charters - Captain Jesse Hill, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Port of the Islands, FL | 239-825-6283
At Outgoing Charters the customer comes first. Whether it's family fun or hardcore fishing, Captain Jesse Hill is a 4th generation native guide who will cater to your specific wants and needs. Light tackle, back country fishing in Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. Fish for redfish, snook and more. You'll enjoy a comfortable boat with quality gear. Captain Jesse's ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations.
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  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Little Lake Harris
    FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Little Lake Harris -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on 2,700 acres of Little Lake Harris this week, weather permitting.

    Little Lake Harris is in Lake County. It is part of the Harris Chain of Lakes in central Florida.

    While there will be no restrictions on fishing and swimming during this treatment for invasive hydrilla, there will be a 14-day restriction on irrigation to turf and landscape ornamentals.

    Hydrilla is an exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible, and it chokes out beneficial native plants. Managing and treating it are necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.

    Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

    For more information, contact Nathalie Visscher, FWC invasive plant management regional biologist, at 321-228-3364.

  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau
    FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau on Nov. 13 and 14, weather permitting. Lake Rousseau is part of the Withlacoochee River and is in parts of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties west of Dunnellon.

    Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in established boat trails on the lake. Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include County Trail B, Shoreline south of County Trail C, Lighthouse Cove and River Retreats Trail.

    Biologists anticipate treating approximately 137 acres of hydrilla with herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an FWC invasive plant management biologist.  “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed.”  

    There is a seven-day restriction on using water from treated areas for drinking or for animal consumption. However, there are no restrictions for other uses of treated water such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops.

    Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout Florida’s lakes and rivers. While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from hydrilla, there are other potential impacts to consider including negative impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation, and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC strives to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

    Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

    For more information, contact Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.

  • Catch a Florida Memory announces new Triple Threat Club to reward anglers like Katlyn Paul
    Catch a Florida Memory announces new Triple Threat Club to reward anglers like Katlyn Paul -

    Florida boasts some of the world’s greatest opportunities for saltwater fishing, so it’s no surprise that hundreds of anglers have qualified for rewards and recognition through the Catch a Florida Memory External Website program. The program has been so successful, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has created a new honor, the Triple Threat Club, External Website for those who participate in all three Catch a Florida Memory programs, including Saltwater Grand Slams, Saltwater Fish Life List and Saltwater Reel Big Fish. To qualify for the club, anglers must have at least one application approved for each program. 

    Katlyn Paul, one of the first to reach Triple Threat Club status, is a young angler whose fishing experience has exploded since she started participating in Catch a Florida Memory. 

    “Catching the Grand Slam and Reel Big mangrove snapper was a big surprise,” said 11-year-old Katlyn. “I was trying to catch new species and to catch fish to eat. I caught two new species, tripletail and white grunt. Currently, I am up to 24 species on my Life List.”

    Katlyn Paul

    Katlyn Paul with her Reel Big red porgy. Photo courtesy of Katlyn Paul.

    Join the Triple Threat Club soon and you will not only receive a long-sleeved performance fishing shirt custom designed by partner Tony Ivory, External Website you will also have a chance to win an exclusive getaway in beautiful Martin County to be raffled off on Nov. 30.

    Triple Threat Club

    Triple Threat Club shirt artwork by Tony Ivory.

    Boasting the title of Sailfish Capital of the World, Martin County is an ideal destination for those who love to fish and has everything you need to Catch a Florida Memory. The Martin County Office of Tourism External Website and the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina External Website have partnered to provide the perfect escape, including three nights for two at the beautiful 200-acre resort, meals arranged and provided at various local restaurants, and a Martin County welcome bag. On an island bordered by Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway, this unique resort offers an 18-hole executive golf course, tennis courts, a mini spa and a 77-slip marina.

    Marriott

     Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina (Marriott photo).

    The FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory program encourages anglers to target a variety of species, helping to reduce fishing pressure on the most popular catches. The wide array of saltwater species included in the program leads anglers to try different fishing locations and techniques, expands experiences for avid anglers and cultivates interest in fishing for those new to the sport. 

    Anglers of all ages and skill levels can earn prizes when they achieve a Saltwater Grand Slam (three specified fish caught in 24 hours), submit a Saltwater Reel Big Fish (30 different species that meet a minimum qualifying length) or add at least 10 species to their Saltwater Fish Life List (a challenge to catch 70 saltwater fish species in Florida). 

    Catch-and-release fishing and responsible fish handling practices are encouraged to help minimize stress on fish, and anglers do not have to harvest their catches to qualify. Photos of the angler with each qualifying fish are required. 

    For more information

    Learn more about Catch a Florida Memory programs and submit catches today External Website at CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Keep track of who’s catching what on the Catch a Florida Memory Facebook page, External Website Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory. 

    Want to learn more about saltwater fishing? View how-to videos External Website at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterFishing. Brush up on your saltwater fish identification skills at MyFWC.com/FishingLines. And learn how anglers’ purchases of fishing equipment, motorboat fuels and fishing licenses contribute to fisheries conservation projects through the Sport Fish Restoration Program by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Sport Fish Restoration.” 

    Have questions? Are you a business or organization that would like to partner with Catch a Florida Memory? Email AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee
    FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee from Nov. 5-9, weather permitting.

    There will be an aerial treatment of up to 5,000 acres of invasive water lettuce in the southeastern portion of the lake, including Coot Bay, East Wall, South Bay and Ritta, Torrey and Kreamer Islands. The purpose of this treatment is to improve fish and wildlife habitat.

    The treatment will be conducted using herbicides approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    There will be no restrictions on recreational activities on Lake Okeechobee, but the FWC is asking the public to avoid these areas of the lake during the days they are undergoing treatment.

    Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

    For more information, contact Mariah McInnis at 352-601-1367.

  • PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response
    PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response -

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmsByBQj External Website

    Red Tide Media Event

    Red tide media event at FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute headquarters.

    Today, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership highlighted continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities, at a media availability at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

    Gov. Rick Scott announced today that DEP committed an additional $3 million to Pinellas County through DEP’s red tide emergency funding, bringing the total for Pinellas County to $6.3 million. In addition to this funding, Gov. Scott is allocating another $3 million to DEP’s red tide emergency funding to ensure other communities have access to the resources they need to combat the impacts of this naturally-occurring phenomenon.

    This grant funding is in addition to $765,000 that Gov. Scott yesterday allocated to fund additional FWC scientists and field and laboratory equipment to support efforts to mitigate the impacts of naturally-occurring red tide.

    Additionally, this week DEP announced that it had committed nearly $1.3 million in grant funding for cleanup on the Atlantic coast. FWC and DEP leadership met yesterday with local partners on the east coast to discuss the enhanced efforts. To date, DEP has awarded more than $13.4 million in funding to support efforts to battle red tide, not including the additional $3 million in grant funding now available.

    Support from Gov. Scott and teamwork among partners have been critical in responding to this event to protect public health, support communities, and conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.

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    Gil McRae, FWRI Director, at the podium with Drew Bartlett, DEP Deputy Secretary of Ecosystem Restoration, beside him. FWC photos by Carol Davis.

  • PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response
    PHOTO RELEASE: FWC, partners discuss enhanced support for continued red tide response -

    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmsByBQj External Website

    FWC-Executive -Director -Eric -Sutton

    FWC Executive Director, Eric Sutton.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership met with county partners to discuss continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities.

    Gov. Rick Scott announced today that $765,000 will go toward funding additional FWC scientists and field and laboratory equipment to support efforts to mitigate the impacts of naturally-occurring red tide.

    Gov. Scott also announced today that DEP has committed nearly $1.3 million in grant funding to Atlantic coast communities to support efforts to mitigate the impacts of red tide. This includes a commitment of more than $522,000 to Indian River, $500,000 to Palm Beach, $100,000 to St. Lucie, almost $75,000 to Brevard and $100,000 to Miami-Dade counties.

    Support from Gov. Scott and teamwork among partners has been critical in responding to this event to protect public health, support communities, and conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.

    FWC-and -DEP-leaders -discussing -red -tide -response

    FWC and DEP leadership discussing red tide response.

  • Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1 in Keys/east Florida state waters
    Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1 in Keys/east Florida state waters -

    Hogfish recreational harvest will close in state and federal waters off Florida’s Atlantic and southern Gulf coasts Nov. 1. This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast. The Keys/east Florida hogfish season runs from May 1 through Oct. 31.

    Recreational harvest remains open in state and federal waters north of Cape Sable in the Gulf. 

    Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Hogfish” for more.

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