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FWC Freshwater Fisheries  Official Instagram account for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management.

#WhoTaughtYou Wednesday πŸŽ£πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ Last year, FWC biologist Jim Sweatman took youth angler Timothy and his dad Craig on a fishing trip to Alligator Lake in Osceola County. Strong winds and cold temperatures shortened the trip. But, not before Timothy caught his first fishβ€”a speck! What was your first catch? Tell us about it in the comments! #fwc #freshwaterfishing #fishing #anglerlife #conservation #crappie #blackcrappie #crappiefishing #speckfishing #fishflorida #lovefl #outdoorlife #thegreatoutdoors #trainemyoung #firstcatch

We Want Your Comments! πŸ€“πŸ“¨πŸŸ The FWC has drafted a Black Crappie Management Plan utilizing stakeholder input that will be used as a guide for black crappie management in Florida. We would love to get your feedback on the Plan either in person at our next public meeting or online at the link in our bio. The next public meeting about the draft Black Crappie Management Plan will be held from 6:30-8 PM on Feb. 19 at C. Scott Driver Recreation Pavilion, 10101 State Road 78 W., Okeechobee, FL 34974. All are welcome! #fwc #freshwaterfishing #fishing #anglerlife #conservation #crappie #blackcrappie #crappiefishing #speckfishing #fishflorida #lovefl #outdoorlife #thegreatoutdoors #themoreyouknow #youreinvited #publicmeeting

The Florida Freshwater Angler Issue 13 πŸŸπŸ€“πŸ™Œ The latest newsletter is out! Get TrophyCatch news, read about the Harris Chain of Lakes, find tips to keep your bass alive, and learn how to tell a Florida gar from a longnose! Click the link in our bio to view the newsletter and subscribe. #fwc #freshwaterfishing #fishing #anglerlife #fishingtips #conservation #largemouthbass #bass #gar #floridagar #longnosegar #fishflorida #lovefl #outdoorlife #thegreatoutdoors #themoreyouknow

Yakkin’ It Up 😎🚣🎣 TrophyCatch angler William landed this one from a kayak in Fellsmere Reservoir! A kayak is a great way to get up close and personal with your catch before releasing it. This chunky bass weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz., and the added length measure provides additional data that is helpful for biologists. Well done, William! See more great catches at http://TrophyCatch.com. #fwc #FellsmereReservoir #Fellsmere #CatchandRelease #KayakCatch#Kayak #KayakFishing #TrophyCatch #bass #bassfishing #largemouthbass #largemouthbassfishing #fishingfamily #mytrophyswimsinflorida #angler #anglerlife #fishflorida #freshwater #freshwaterfishing

Fish ID Friday! πŸŸπŸ‘€πŸ€” Can you name this exotic freshwater fish? This is an air-breathing, torpedo-shaped fish with a flattened head, toothed jaw, and long anal fin. #fwc #fishid #fishidentification #freshwater #freshwaterfishing #lovefl #fishflorida #floridafishing #themoreyouknow #angler #fishingfamily #fishingbuddy

We Want to Meet You! πŸ˜€πŸŸπŸ‘ Come visit FWC staff at the TrophyCatch booth at the Water, Wings, and Wild Things Kids Festival TODAY (1/17) in Lakeland. This event is a fun, FREE event for 2nd grade students that showcases and educates participants about the local environment and the critters that call it home. It also give students a chance to meet FWC biologists and learn about a career in a scientific field! The event is being held at the Circle B Bar Reserve at 4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33803. We hope to see you there! #fwc #TrophyCatch #CatchandRelease #bass #largemouthbass #bassfishing#largemouthbassfishing #conservation #greatcatch #angler #getoutdoors #fishingfamily #trainemyoung #stemcareers #biology #biologist

#WhoTaughtYouWednesday πŸ˜πŸŽ£πŸ™Œ FWC biologist Paul Thomas is a self-taught angler who taught his kids how to fish! β€œI started taking them fishing when they were babies,” said Paul. β€œAlong the way, they volunteered at my kids’ fishing derbies, earning community service hours for graduation. They’ve also gone out fish sampling a time or two! I wanted them to appreciate the outdoors and fishing, which they both do. They still fish and are starting to pass it on to their kids!” #fwc #whotaughtyou #fishing #fishingbuddy #fishflorida #conservation #trainemyoung #angler #anglerlife #getoutdoors #getoutside #outdoorlife #bass #bassfishing #youthfishing #youthangler

Why the Long Face? πŸŸπŸ‘€πŸ˜œ These two species of gar are both native to Florida and have been around since prehistoric times! Their long snouts are filled with sharp, dangerous teeth, and they can survive in low oxygenated water by breathing air and using their swim bladder as a lung, like the bowfin! The smaller gar is the Florida gar. On average, this species only reaches about 34 inches in length, has a stout body, and is covered in irregular spots. The longnose gar, as you may have guessed, has the long nose! It has a much longer, slimmer body than the Florida gar, and fewer spots. Longnose gar can grow rather large and both of these fish can be found in many lakes and canals around Florida. #fwc #gar #floridagar #longnosegar #fisheries #fisheriesmanagement #floridafishing #fishflorida #fishofinstagram #lovefl #biologistlife #fishinglife #fishing🐟 #lovetofish

Lotta Walkin' πŸŸπŸ‘πŸ˜€ TrophyCatch angler James caught this 10 lbs. 14 oz. monster in Lake Weohyakapka, aka Lake Walk-in-Water! TrophyCatch stats show this to be a good place to cast your line with 76 Lunker Club (8 - 9.9 lbs.), 28 Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 lbs.), and 1 Hall of Fame Club (13+ lbs.) bass submitted here since the program’s start in 2012. That’s 105 trophy bass…and counting! #LakeWeohyakapka #Weohyakapka #TrophyCatch #CatchAndRelease #bass #largemouthbass #bassfishing #largemouthbassfishing #conservation #greatcatch #angler #getoutdoors #fishingfamily

Fish ID Friday πŸŸπŸ‘€πŸ€” Can you name this freshwater species? This hard-fighting species is most abundant in canals of water conservation areas and Everglades habitats of Collier, western Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. If you comment with the correct answer and tag a friend, I will randomly select someone to receive a prize! Winner will be chosen and notified by DM at 12PM Saturday, 1/12/2019. Instagram is in no way affiliated with this promotion. #fwc #fishID #fishidentification #freshwater #fishing #freshwaterfishing #angler #fridayfun #themoreyouknow #lovefl #florida #fishflorida #soflo #soflofishing

Earning Your Stripes πŸŸπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ While sampling the Northwest region of Florida, FWC biologists collected this 18.8-inch striped bass! In the Florida panhandle, the bag limit for striped bass is 3, each of which must be at least 18 inches in total length. The FWC’s Blackwater Hatchery produced 78,300 Gulf striped bass this past spring, and they were then released into the Blackwater River. So, get out there and wet a line for the chance to catch some awesome striped bass! #fwc #fisheries #fisheriesmanagement #getoutdoors #getoutside #angler #anglerlife #biologistlife #conservation #riverfishing #stripedbass #bass #bassangler #blackwaterhatchery #stocking #floridapanhandle

#WhoTaughtYou Wednesday πŸŽ£πŸ€—πŸ™Œ Fishing was a big part of childhood for FWC Fisheries Biologist Alexandria Taylor, who grew up on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. She’s pictured here with her grandfather and a rock bass, one of over a hundred fish she vividly remembers catching that day right from her family’s boathouse. Alexandria’s grandfather owned a home on Central Florida’s very own Lake Conway for 49 years, where the two also enjoyed their shared hobbies of fishing and watching wildlife. #fwc #whotaughtyou #fishing #fishingbuddy #fishflorida #conservation #trainemyoung #angler #anglerlife #getoutdoors #getoutside #outdoorlife #bass #bassfishing #youthfishing #youthangler

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