We may be sliding into the summer season, and all eyes may be focused on the beach, but don’t forget Florida has many great fishing destinations all over the state.
Florida originally earned its reputation as the Fishing Capital of the World as a result of its great freshwater bass fishing. Biologists with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission keep close tabs on the state’s lakes and rivers, and often select some of the larger water bodies they recommend anglers try out.
To make their recommendations biologists use information such as creel count (data from actual anglers’ on-the-water success for the previous year); electrofishing data (a sampling method that uses electric currents to stun fish so they can be netted, examined and released); tournament data; Big Catch results (the FWC’s popular angler-recognition program); state records; interviews with local guides and bait-and-tackle shop owners; and their own fishing experiences.
Some of the top fishing destinations for 2011 include Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades Conservation Areas; lakes George, Istokpoga, Kissimmee, Monroe, Seminole, Talquin, Tarpon, Toho and Walk-in-Water; Mosaic and Tenoroc fish management areas; Orange Lake; Rodman Reservoir; and the Suwannee River.
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