Whether by air or by land, you can't miss noticing Florida's abundance of
water. From the air, the landscape is dotted with specks of blue, while by car,
you most likely won't find too many north-south, east-west roads that extend for
any distance before curving to accommodate a shoreline somewhere.
With over 12,000 miles of streams and rivers, and 3 million acres of freshwater lakes, it's no wonder that fishing has always been a popular outdoor sport in Florida. It's been boasted that there are over 250 different species of freshwater fish in our our Florida waters.
Two of the most notable waterways are the north-flowing St. Johns River carrying an estimated 4 billion gallons into the Atlantic every year, and Lake Apopka which is the second largest lake in Florida.
Before you head out for the day, fishing pole and tackle box in hand,
remember that a Florida fishing license is required. With a major credit card,
the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission will enable you to purchase a
- Phone 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356)
- Order on-line
In either case, you will be issued a temporary license number for immediate use, and your permanent license will be mailed to you within 48 hours. Be sure to check for additional rules and regulations for fishing in Florida at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
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