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!
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 www.MyFWC.com/license 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!
Hunting at Fisheating Creek WMA
Notice to Hunters:
Pursuant to the"Settlement Agreement" Hunters must enter and exit through the Palmdale Campground. Fisheating Creek Outpost may not transport hunting gear, firearms or ammo.
Please give us a call if you would like livery service for your paddling and camping needs
Please call us at 863-675-5999 if you have any questions.
Hunting is a tradition handed down from generation to generation. Whether you are sitting around the campfire telling stories, stalking prey through challenging woods or bagging your first deer or turkey, these are memories of a lifetime that you'll share with your children.
We want to be part of those memories. The Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of 18,272 acres of land in Glades County. It's prime habitat for deer, wild hog, turkey, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit and migratory birds. We support legal hunting during archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, spring turkey and migratory bird seasons.
A few things you should know before hunting at Fisheating Creek WMA:
Except for special seasons, most hunting is west of U.S. Highway 27 only. You must review the Florida Hunting regulations and regulations specific to the Fisheating Creek WMA and be in possession of all appropriate licenses, permits and stamps prior to hunting. Please see links at bottom of this page for more information.
Deer hunters during gun and muzzleloading season must wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment. We recommend all hunters do so even when not required.
Hunting, trapping and fishing licenses may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at www.MyFWC.com/license or by telephone at 1-888-486-8356.
Sight-in and target practice is prohibited at the WMA.
On the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website:
A few Hunting Photos: (find more in the Photo Gallery)
Dave Perthold with his Turkey
Billy W. with 18 lb Turkey
Collin R. with 22 lb Turkey
that ranks 36 largest in the state
22 lbs. 13/4" spurs, two beards
12 1/4" and 8". Congratulations