Fishing The Everglades at Roadside Spots with Creek Fishing Adventures and!

Fishing The Everglades at Roadside Spots with Creek Fishing Adventures and!

It is time for my 3rd annual south Florida trip and fishing the Everglades. Started this video with the Nikko Hellgrammite to catch Mayan Cichlid, Oscar and Peacock Bass. See what other fish I got along the roadside stops.

Here are some basic facts for fishing the Everglades –

Fishing The Everglades National Park

One third of Everglades National Park is covered by saltwater, the rest is a freshwater wetland. Both offer ample opportunity for recreational fishing.

Fishing in a nutshell

Freshwater Fishing

  • License: A Florida freshwater fishing license is required to fish in freshwater or to possess fresh water species.
  • Bait: Live or dead fish (including minnows and shiners) or amphibians, and non-preserved fish eggs or roe, are prohibited. Digging for bait inside the park is not permitted.
  • Closed to Fishing: No fishing is allowed at the Ernest F. Coe (Main) Visitor Center lakes, Royal Palm Visitor Center area and trails, Chekika Lake, along the first 3 miles of the Main Park Road, including Taylor Slough, or along the Shark Valley Tram Road.

Saltwater Fishing

  • License: A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to fish in saltwater or to possess saltwater species.
  • Bait: Bait, except for mullet and shrimp, is not included in bag limits. Saltwater bait: shrimp, minnows, pilchards, pinfish, mullet, mojarras (shad), or ballyhoo. Bait may be taken with hook and line, dip net (not wider than 3 feet / 0.9 m), and cast net.
  • Closed to Fishing: No fishing is allowed in Eco, Mrazek or Coot Bay Ponds at any time. No fishing is allowed at the Flamingo Marina during daylight hours.
  • Manatee Etiquette: Areas frequented by manatees have been posted. Keep an eye out for manatees. Slow to an idle if observed, but do not approach or molest.
  • Lobster and Queen Conch: The taking and possession of lobster and queen conch is prohibited.
  • Recreational Crabbing: Stone crabs, during open state season, and blue crabs may be taken by recreational fishermen using attended gear (for example: star trap, baited line, landing net, etc.). Crabbers are limited to five (5) traps. Unattended gear, including traps, is prohibited.
  • Shrimp: Shrimp may be taken by dip net (not wider than 3 feet / 0.9 m) or cast net, for personal use only, not for sale.

Additional Regulations

  • Licensed anglers are limited to possession of 20 fish/person at any time, but may possess no more than 10 fish of any one species.
  • Please be aware that the bag limit for many species is less than 10 fish.
  • There is no possession limit for non-native species.
  • All anglers are reminded to pick up a current copy of the Everglades Fishing Regulations available at all visitor centers and entrance stations.

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