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Lovers Key - Fishing

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Trout, redfish, snook and tarpon are caught seasonally. Castnetting for mullet in the bay is a popular activity.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Shark fishing from the beach at Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park

With 1.2 million visitors using the beach for recreation including swimming, we no longer permit shark fishing during daylight hours from the beach. You are welcome to use your after-hours permit to fish for sharks during the hours: 1 hour after sunset to sunrise. No person shall use chumming or blood baiting for sharks on the beach or within 1,000 feet of the beach. All FWC rules regarding the catch and release of sharks will apply.

62d-20.14(1) Shark fishing is prohibited from sunrise to one hour after sunset from the beach.

Little Talbot Island - Fishing

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With over 5 miles of beach, Little Talbot is a surf fishing paradise. The list of species caught from this beach is long. Check with the ranger at the gate or strike up a conversation with one of the regulars; either should know what is biting and where. Pick up a copy of the free local edition of Fishing Connection magazine at the Ranger Station to get the inside scoop on nearby angling.

The coastal salt marsh on the "back" side of the island offers superb light tackle angling. From tailing redfish to bottom hugging flounder, ambushing trout to hard pulling black drum, you are sure to find something to "stretch your string." Bait fish like mud minnows and finger mullet may be caught using a cast net in the shallows. Shrimp, fiddler crabs and artificial lures are also popular options. The closest bait stores are White Shell Bait Shop at 7736 Heckscher Dr. or Amelia Island Bait & Tackle at 1925 S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach. For a real experience, try a guided fly fishing or flounder gigging trip.

Fishing is permitted in accordance with Florida state law. Please go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to obtain the most current saltwater fishing regulations and to obtain a fishing license online. The park does not sell fishing licenses. All fishing within the park must conform to the regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.

Madison Blue Spring - Fishing

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Fishing is allowed anywhere in the river along the river bank starting 400 feet past the spring. Commonly seen fish include white and brown catfish, yellow bullhead, warmouth, bluegill, spotted sunfish, Suwannee bass, striped mullet, golden and coastal shiner, and gulf sturgeon. Visitors need to bring all equipment needed to fish, no equipment or supplies are available at the park. Fishing in the swimming areas is prohibited. 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Suwannee River - Fishing

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Suwannee River State Park has outstanding fishing opportunities. Not only can you fish on the Suwannee River, but also at the river's confluence with the Withlacoochee River - a great location to try your luck. A boat launch is available providing anglers ease of access to the rivers by boat, canoe or kayak.

Inglis Bypass - Fishing

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Species of both fresh and saltwater fishes can be caught on the downstream side of the Inglis Bypass Spillway which is connected to the Lower Withlacoochee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Species caught include snook and tarpon.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Mizell-Johnson - Fishing

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Surf fishing is a popular activity in the park. Visitors can also enjoy fishing from the park's 900-foot jetty which is capped and ADA accessible. Wheelchair fishing access areas and a fish cleaning table are available.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail - Fishing

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There are excellent opportunities for fishing along the Suwannee River.  Catfish, bass and bream are local favorites.  Please make sure that you have your fishing license and know the regulations for the type of fishing that you will be doing.  Get more information from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Cross Florida - Fishing

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There are accessible fishing platforms located downstream of the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam on both the east and west sides of the discharge canal as well as bank fishing along the upstream (reservoir side) of the dam and spillway. Species caught include largemouth bass, various bream and catfish species as well as sunshine (hybrid) bass.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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