Fresh Water

Member Galleries

What's Biting Now

St. Mary's Bass

Beast St. Mary’s Bass

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake My nephew caught this 10.7 pound largemouth while fishing a local bass club tournament. Now for those of you not familiar with St Mary’s, it is not known for producing giants like this very often. Usually two to five pounders are the norm. So this one was the trophy of a lifetime!

FWC Fisheries Blog

Legendary fisherman and TV host Roland Martin shows off a nice bass caught on a recent trip to Lake Trafford.

The Little Lake that Could

“Lake Trafford is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife viewing,” said Barron Moody, regional administrator for the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “One of the FWC’s primary goals in the restoration of Lake Trafford was to create healthy habitat for Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, which in turn has generated more recreational opportunities for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

Freshwater How-To

trolling for speckled perch

Trolling for Speckled Perch

On lakes big and small, in rough water or calm, trolling is a great way to catch speckled perch, a.k.a. black crappie.

Features

econ 1

Way Down on the Econ

If Stephen Foster had known about the Econlockhatchee, or Econ, the lyrics to his famous song may have been different.
The Econ doesn’t come up in discussions of great Florida fishing waters. Fishing the Econ is usually a lovely day on the water with a few beautiful fish thrown in. It can be better than that, but you really can’t expect it to be.

Gear

lr2

Berkley Lightning Rod Combo

The Berkley Lightning Rod has been around for decades, providing anglers an affordable, quality fishing rod. New for 2016, Berkley is releasing the Lightning Rod Combo. Offered in both spinning and baitcasting combos, to cover a wide range of angling opportunities.

Freshwater Videos

choosingtherighthook

Choosing the Right Hook

In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job. Ryals explains which hooks are best for live bait and dead baits, and the key differences and advantages of using j-hooks and circle hooks.

snakehead101

Snakehead Fishing 101

“I have been getting an over whelming array of questions about the South Florida snakehead fishing. Most of the questions were where can I catch them, how do you catch them and what are the rules.”