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Gov. Scott Announces Free Florida Fishing Licenses

Free Florida Fishing Licenses

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott announces free Florida Fishing licenses for all the first responders and law enforcement that are helping with the efforts to rebuild our communities here in Florida after Hurricane Irma. There is no better stress relief than catching some quality freshwater species or even […]

2017-09-28T13:49:09+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Florida Bass Fishing Lakes, Florida Fishing News, Florida Freshwater Conservation, Our FWC|Comments Off on Gov. Scott Announces Free Florida Fishing Licenses

Lake Trafford Restoration Yields Great Bass Fishing

Lake Trafford Restoration Yields Great Bass Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a 10-pound, 7-ounce largemouth bass was caught on Lake Trafford and approved in the TrophyCatch program. Lake Trafford, in Collier County, has received national recognition for its resurging bass fishing made possible […]

2017-08-10T10:42:27+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Florida Freshwater Conservation, Lake Trafford, Our FWC|Comments Off on Lake Trafford Restoration Yields Great Bass Fishing

Florida Leads the Nation in Family Fishing and Boating

Florida Leads the Nation in Family Fishing and Boating

Florida Leads the Nation, nine locations in Florida are recognized as prime places for outdoor family fun!

Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four […]

2016-10-18T14:26:45+00:00 June 25th, 2016|Categories: Florida Fishing News, Our FWC|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Florida Leads the Nation in Family Fishing and Boating

Florida Diversifying the Waters with Hybrid Sunshine Bass

Florida Hybrid Sunshine Bass

By DONALD DEBEVOISE
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will put more than 3 million fish into Florida’s waters this year, a good portion of which will be a special hybrid of bass. The agency says the fish is beneficial to both anglers and the […]

2016-10-18T14:28:48+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Categories: Florida Freshwater Conservation, Our FWC|Tags: , |Comments Off on Florida Diversifying the Waters with Hybrid Sunshine Bass

TrophyCatch back for more

After a successful inaugural campaign, TrophyCatch is back for more.

The program by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission awards anglers around the state who properly record their bass before releasing it for another fishermen to potentially enjoy a moment of their own.

The biggest bass recorded in last year’s campaign […]

2016-10-18T14:29:50+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Categories: Florida Freshwater Conservation, Our FWC|Tags: , |Comments Off on TrophyCatch back for more

TrophyCatch Boat Giveaway Winner Announced

FWC Press Release

Trophy Catch bass boatFive lucky anglers who signed up at TrophyCatchFlorida.com started celebrating the holidays early when their own special Santa delivered big, with a boat and motor, or fishing trip and gift cards.

TrophyCatch is a special reward-driven angler […]

2016-10-18T14:29:56+00:00 December 4th, 2013|Categories: Florida Freshwater Conservation, Our FWC|Tags: , , |Comments Off on TrophyCatch Boat Giveaway Winner Announced

RBFF Hispanic Outreach Plan to Launch in Florida

RBFF this month announced that Florida and Texas will serve as test markets for the launch of its five-year Hispanic Outreach Plan. In partnership with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, outreach will begin in spring 2014.

Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida […]

2016-10-18T14:29:59+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Florida Fishing News, Our FWC|Tags: |Comments Off on RBFF Hispanic Outreach Plan to Launch in Florida

Florida announce license-free fishing days

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is waiving fishing license requirements for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The governor and state wildlife officials have declared Friday, Nov. 29 a license-free freshwater fishing day and Saturday, Nov. 30 a license-free saltwater fishing day.

Scott said the waivers will give Floridians and their […]

2016-07-19T13:11:10+00:00 November 25th, 2013|Categories: Florida Fishing News, Our FWC|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Florida announce license-free fishing days