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Fishing in Florida

For all fishing you need a licence issued by the state of Florida, this includes salt water fishing as well as freshwater fishing.

They can be obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As with just about everything else in the United States they can also be obtained from Walmart.

Fresh Water

The cost of a Fresh water licence is –

  • Nonresident Annual Freshwater Fishing $47.00
  • Nonresident 3-Day Freshwater Fishing $17.00
  • Nonresident 7-Day Freshwater Fishing $30.00

Where to Fish

There are literally 100s of places to fish in Florida, here are some that have been tried by Tuscan Hills owners.

The nearest to Tuscan Hills is Bass Lake which is less than half a mile north. Fishing here is Free but don’t forget you still need a state licence. There is a small landing stage where you can fish from near to a picnic and BBQ area.

Lake Louisa State Park is about 10 miles north along Highway 27. Entry costs $4.00 there are 3 lakes where you can fish from pontoons. There are also Indian style canoes you can hire from the rangers.

Lake Louisa State Park has fishing access at four of our six lakes. Lake Louisa is our largest lake, which offers fishing access off of the lake’s shoreline. Dixie Lake is our second largest lake and is only accessible by our main entrance off of Hwy. 27. This lake is a beautiful lake that offers fishermen not only a chance to catch fish but also a chance to see some of the park’s abundant wildlife. Dixie Lake is located approximately half a mile inside the park and has a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, bathroom, and a sheltered pavilion.

Tenoroc Complex

The Tenoroc Complex is a series of old phosphate mines and fishing here costs $3,00 per day. There are 14 lakes ranging in size from seven to 227 acres which provide quality public fishing, not all of them can be fished from the bank though. It is apparently nationally noted for its Large Mouth Bass and also provides excellent fishing for pan fish. The day one owner went to fish there he only caught 1 fish but he was enthralled to see a magnificent pair of Ospreys feeding their chick less than 50 yards away, perhaps the rest of the fish had been fed to the chick.

There are also a number of guides you can hire for the day and they will take you Bass fishing from a boat on one of the lakes. They advertise locally and a search on Google will provide you with a list.

Most Floridians fish using plastic baits or lob worms which are known as Night Crawlers and are sold in Walmart.

Saltwater Fishing

You can go saltwater fishing from the pier at Clearwater and the fee includes rod, reel and licence. They also sell bait on the pier.