Freshwater Licenses & Permits

Fish Farms | Aquaponics | Turtle Farms | Shellfish Leases | Live Rock

Black Bass Tournament
Bass size limit exemptions | Live release required

Commercial Fish/Frogs
American Eel | Haul Seine | Resident Fish Dealer | Conditional Species

Freshwater Turtles
Rules for taking and possessing freshwater and box turtles and possession permit application. Commercial harvest prohibited.

Nonnative Aquatic Species
Rules for importing and transhipping certain tropicals and nonnative freshwater species.

Private Fish Ponds
License covers fishing in private ponds of 20 acres or more.

Recreational Fishing
Information about the types of licenses and permits you'll need to fish in Florida - including prices and where to buy them.

Special Activities
Scientific Collecting | Research & Education | Public Purposes

Triploid Grass Carp
Controlling aquatic vegetation | Other plant control options

Tropical Fish Importation
Hobbyists | Importation | Transshipment | Conditional and prohibited species

FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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