Florida’s freshwater anglers are blessed with 7,700 lakes greater than 10 acres, covering 3 million total acres & approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals
That means diverse habitat for more than 200 species of native freshwater fishes, plus more than 23 species of nonnative fishes that reproduce in our waters. However, Florida faces several issues that could affect fishing in the state.
Recent news articles from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported widespread mercury contamination in fish nationwide. This is an issue the Florida departments of Health, Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Consumer Services, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), have been carefully monitoring. Together these agencies are reminding Floridians that eating fish is an important part of a healthy diet and that active outdoor recreation, such as fishing and boating, can be an important key to a happier, healthier lifestyle. For more.
News Source: Florida Fish Busters' Bulletin.