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Collecting in North Florida Springs/State Parks

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#1 ufaquaculture

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:26 PM

Does anyone know if it is legal to collect freshwater fish from state parks? Or does anyone know of any places where to collect?


Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:41 PM

Check out the license and regulatiosn for Florida to get the best answer http://myfwc.com/license/ but I think the answer is yes, you are OK in many state parks.


Check out the Florida Collecting Guide .  It has exactly this information.


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#3 gerald

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 02:47 PM

Just to be safe I would also check with local park staff when you get there.  State, city and county park signs in my state (NC) usually say that "fishing" is allowed, immediately followed by "it is unlawful to collect or remove any animal, plant, mineral, or archaeological artifact".  Taking fish with nets may be viewed as "collecting" rather than "fishing" depending on who's running the park office that day.

Gerald Pottern
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#4 Jayme symons

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:04 AM

I know you can't in the springs but outside of the springs you can as long as you have your freshwater license and are not taking game fish it's legal. I've got over 40 species of natives fresh and salt all with dip netting

#5 Doug_Dame

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:09 PM

My experience in Florida state parks ... not recent ... is that where fishing is allowed, things often change when you're seen with a dipnet or especially a seine. That [often/sometimes] gets you shut down. I have pointed to the state regulation stating that my gear is a legal with a recreational fishing license, and the confronting officials have never been able to cite any specific rules supporting their point of view, but it's been clear that if I did not cease & desist that things would escalate in a direction that would be unpleasant for me. So I have desisted as requested, and very rarely even try collecting/sampling at state parks any more.


Microfishing is low profile, and should be no problem anywhere fishing is allowed. 


National Forests are great however. 

Doug Dame

Floridian now back in Florida

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