Fishing Florida’s National Wildlife Refuges

Outtakes from the November 2003 issue

Florida is home to 28 National Wildlife Refuges. While these were created by the federal government primarily to support wildlife habitat, they also serve an important function as recreational areas. For a short look at the history of the refuge system, plus an introduction to some of the best fishing refuges, see the November issue of Florida Sportsman Magazine. Here are six exclusive images not available in the magazine.

The perimeter canal at Loxhatchee NWR is a fine place to fly-cast for sunfish and bass.

Terry Parsons holds up a redfish caught on the grassflats near Pelican Island.

Tiny panfish spinners also interest largemouth bass in Loxahatchee NWR.

Wood storks, egrets and a tricolored heron hang out in the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the nation’s first designated wildlife refuge. These wilderness areas are also of great interest to sportsmen, and there are ample opportunities for fishing in the refuge system.

Sunset over Southwest Florida’s Ding Darling refuge, a prime backwater fishing spot.

Heron overlooks a fishy mangrove point in Ding Darling refuge.

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