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Published by Bob Wattendorf
Fish Busters' Bulletin about Florida's projected best fishing sites for 2009 (Feb. 2009).
Fish Busters' Bulletin about Florida's projected best fishing sites for 2009 (Feb. 2009).

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Florida Fish Busters’February 2009
Top Freshwater Fishing Destinations in Florida for 2009
By Bob Wattendorf, Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionIf you are like me, you’ve probably heard“you should have been here yesterday—the fishingwas great,” more times than you can count. Well,Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionbiologists continue to give anglers advice upfrontthat will help them find some of the best honeyholes into which to cast a line in the hope that you’llbe the next one bragging about a whopper of a dayfishing.
Meghann and Doug, a couple of ishing enthusiasts show off a trophyredear from Lake Talquin.
Fisheries biologists used a variety of clues including the recent fishing historyof various lakes and rivers based on creel surveys, Big Catch angler-recognitionrecords, electrofishing results and evaluating habitat conditions, water flow andyoung-of-the-year survival from the previous year to suggest the top destinations for2009. Lists of the best places to go for bass, crappie, bream, catfish and stripers areposted at MyFWC.com/Fishing/Forecast. In addition, regional biologists check withlocal fishing guides and bait-and-tackle shops quarterly (January, April, July,October) to get insights into how major fisheries are producing and what anglersare using to find success on a variety of lakes and rivers throughout the year. The
same Web site will give you access to that information, along with local contactnumbers that you can call for up-to-minute updates.Here’s a brief overview of the sites FWC biologists are recommending to theangling public for 2009, but remember at any day the bite can be on in a differenttime and place from a small community pond to 470,000-acre Lake Okeechobee.With over 7,700 named lakes in Florida and 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streamsand canals, you’re never far from an opportunity to relax and wet a line—time thatis always well spent communing with nature.
Site Size and Counties Featured species
 Apalachicola River/LakeSeminole106 miles/37,500 acres, Gulf,Liberty, Franklin, Jackson,Gadsden, CalhounStriped bass, channel,flathead and bluecatfishBlackwater/YellowRivers58/ miles, Okaloosa, SantaRosaStriped bassChoctawhatchee River 96 miles, Bay, Holmes, Walton,WashingtonStriped bass, bream,channel and flatheadcatfishClermont Chain-of-Lakes11 lakes totaling 8,692 acres,LakeChannel and whitecatfishCrescent Lake 15,960 acres, Flagler, Putnam CrappieDeer Point Lake 5,000 acres, Bay BassEagle Lake 541 acres, Hamilton Sunshine bassEscambia River 231 miles, Escambia Striped bass, channel,flathead and bluecatfishEvergladesConservation Areas 2and 3210 square miles, Palm Beach,Broward, DadeBassHaines (Haynes) Creek 6 miles, Lake Channel and whitecatfish, bullheadsLake George 46,000 acres, Putnam, Volusia BassLake Harris 13,800 acres, Lake BreamLake Istokpoga 28,000 acres, Highlands Bass, crappie, breamLake Kissimmee 35,000 acres, Osceola Bass, crappie, bream,channel and whitecatfish, bullheadsLake Marian 5,700 acres, Osceola Crappie, bream
Lake Marion 2,990 acres, Polk CrappieLake Monroe 9,400 acres, Seminole, Volusia BassOchlockonee River 300 miles, Leon, Liberty,Franklin, Gadsden, WakullaChannel, flathead andwhite catfish, bullheadsOrange Lake/LochloosaLake12,550/5,700 acres, Alachua Crappie, breamLake Osborne/IdaChain-of-Lakes356 acres, Palm Beach Sunshine bassLake Panasoffkee 4,460 acres, Sumter BreamLake Talquin 8,800 acres, Gadsden, Leon Striped bass, crappie,breamLake Trafford 1,500 acres, Collier CrappieLake Tarpon 2-500 acres, Pinellas BassLake Weir 5,685 acres, Marion CrappieLake Weohyakapka 7,500 acres, Polk BassMosaic FishManagement Area1,000 acres, Polk Bass, breamRodman Reservoir 9,500 acres, Putnam BassSt. Johns River 310 miles, Brevard, Flagler,Lake, Orange, Putnam,Seminole, St. Johns, VolusiaStriped bass, channeland white catfish,bullheadsSt. Mary’s/Nassau River 90 miles, Baker, Nassau Striped bassSuwannee River 213 miles, Suwannee Bass, breamTenoroc FishManagement Area7,300 acres, Polk Bass, crappie, breamWest LakeTohopekaliga18,810 acres, Osceola Bass, crappie, breamSo grab a friend or relative and try out one of these sites, or investigate a local water hole to createyour own list of top fishing destinations. Then pass it onto whoever will listen and let them know how great thefishing was. Always remembering that a bad day fishingbeats a great day at work.
William and Zack proudlyshow off their Big Catch of theday.

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