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Florida Wildlife Commission
Freshwater Fishing Rules and Regulations -- Florida Sport fishing Regulations Summary, with links to commercial rules, statutes and the Florida Constitution. Fishing License Information --details about license types (including lifetime and 5-year), who needs them and how to obtain one instantly via phone or the web. Fish Facts --information on freshwater fish commonly caught by anglers, including identification, anatomy, life history and angling tips. There is a list of Florida freshwater fish (with photos), and info on threatened and prohibited species. 1-850- 488-4676

Bassmaster Magazine
Bassmaster has been called the "Bible of Bass Fishing" because it contains practically everything you need to know to catch more bass and have more fun on the water. Each issue contains success secrets from America's best BASS pros - fishermen like Kevin VanDam, Davy Hite, Denny Brauer, Jay Yelas, Mark Davis and many more. In addition, expert fishermen and biologists share little-known secrets and inside information that will make you a better bass angler. 1-334-409-5329

Bass Pro Shops
If recreational fishing were considered a corporation, it would rank 13th on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest businesses. One out of every 5 Americans over age 16 hunt and/or fish. Combined, more Americans hunt and fish than play golf and tennis. The top three states in adult angler population are: Florida: 2,900,000; California: 2,700,000; Texas: 2,600,000 -- 1-800- BASS PRO

Florida Fishing and Boating Guide
Florida Monthly Magazine steadfastly focuses on the state's history and heritage, outdoor activities, travel and vacations, food, dining, Florida's scenic beauty, green ways and trails, state parks, homes and gardens, and virtually every other aspect of Florida lifestyle.

Florida Sports Foundation
The Florida Sports Foundation is charged with the promotion and development of professional, amateur, recreational sports and physical fitness opportunities that produce a thriving Florida sports industry and environment. The Florida Sports Foundation, 2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32309,

Florida Fishing Website
Florida has 3 million acres of freshwater lakes and 12,000 miles of streams and rivers. From those waters over 250 different species of freshwater fishes have been collected. This includes several rather rare native fishes and 73 species of non-native fishes (fish that come from outside of the United States and would not have been found in Florida if it were not for man's intervention). 

For your information -- Florida Licensing Requirements

For the purpose of fishing in Florida, a person is a RESIDENT if he or she has lived in Florida for six continuous months prior to applying for licenses and claims Florida as his or her primary residence.

Licenses may purchased from county tax collectors or their subagents who are generally located at tackle shops fish camps and sporting goods stores including Wal-Mart and K-mart.

A resident 12 month fresh water fishing license, which is valid for 12 months from specific beginning date, currently cost $13.50.

A nonresident fresh water license currently cost $31.50 for 12 continuous months.

Exception: Florida residents (see above) 65 years of age who possess proof of age and residency,( typically a Florida drivers license) do not need a fishing license.

NOTE: To report wildlife violators call 1888-404-3922 or #FWC on a cell phone


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