Fisheating Creek Outpost

Fishing at Fisheating Creek

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Fishing at Fisheating Creek

Panfish and bass await your visit to Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The creek is a favorite spot for local anglers who want to catch really big bass - and lots of them. Whether you are bank fishing near the campground or on a canoe float-fishing trip from either Burnt Bridge or Ingram Crossing you'll likely see plenty of action.

Here are some fishing tips to get you started:

  • In most cases you'll need a Florida Freshwater Fishing License. Licenses may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at or by telephone at 1-888-486-8356.
  • A water level of between two and three feet makes for some of the best fishing. You'll have minimum portages with the canoe and the water will be shallow enough to keep the fish pooled up.
  • Fish the deep pools and under banks and around natural obstructions.
  • For bluegills and other panfish be sure to use ultralight tackle. A line weight of 2 to 6 pounds is ideal when coupled with #6 to #10 long shank hooks. Live bait works well for these frisky fish and most common is worms. Use only a small piece of worm - just enough to cover the hook. Other popular baits are crickets, night crawlers and grasshoppers.
  • For bass fishing use heavier equipment such as a 6 foot medium action rod with 8 or 10 pound line. Since the water in the creek is tannin stained (darker color but clear and clean), use light colored artificial baits and lures. It makes it easier for the fish to see. Of course natural bait such as night crawlers is good too. Bass like moving water and any place that food can wash into the creek.
  • Be sure to call us for an updated fishing report.
A few Fishing Photos: (find more in the Photo Gallery)
Take the kids fishing
Now that's a catch!

Pop Quiz: What does the Creek (Native American) word "Thlothlopopkahatchee" mean?

If you speak the Creek language, read our history or are incredibly good at guessing, you'd say "the creek where fish are eaten." Hence, the name Fisheating Creek. This leads you to believe that we might have some fish in the creek. We do. And yes, they are good for eating!