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Fishing in Polk County? Remember these Tips!

  • Wear sunscreen. Remember that fishing, even in the morning and late evening, means exposure to the sun. Consider temperatures, shade and sunlight. Sunscreen is as important to angling as it is to swimming, going to the beach or any outdoor sport. Hats, sunglasses and appropriate attire can be as important to having a good fishing trip as rods and tackle boxes.
  • Know the regulations. Different lakes have different rules. Research your fishing spot so that you know the rules and regulations with regard to boat size, ramp and pier use and hours, and size and bag limits for registered fishers. Not all lakes and reservoirs are open for public fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife app Fishbrain is popular for fishing information. Polk County Parks & Recreation has a list of available piers and fishing ramps here.
  • Follow water safety standards. When operating a boat on Polk County lakes, ensure that all passengers have appropriately-sized life jackets or personal floatation devices. Also make sure waterway rules, regulations and signage are followed. When fishing, have a first-aid kit within reach, and use proper techniques when stringing, casting and baiting lines. Ensure that your operator is licensed and that your vehicle has a current registration and title.
  • Be smart. Consuming alcohol or other substances when boating is never a good idea.
  • Consider weather and time of day. Check the weather forecast before getting out on a lake. The last thing you want is for your fun outing to be impacted by storms or bad weather. With regard to fishing, we recommend early mornings and late afternoons. However, be mindful of visibility, rain and other elements during these hours, too.
  • Respect the habitat. Nobody likes a litterbug. If you generate trash, make sure it ends up in an appropriate receptacle. Florida has a diverse ecology and habitat, and it’s our shared responsibility to keep it clean and hospitable.

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