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Bass, crappie, catfish and bream! The Creek is filled with fish for you to catch!

Fish by Vickie Held
Fish photographed by Vickie Held

fishing

Fisheating Creek is a favorite spot for local anglers who want to catch really big bass – and lots of them. Whether you’re bank fishing near the campground or on a canoe float/fishing trip from either Burnt Bridge or Ingram’s Crossing, you’ll likely see plenty of action.

Fishing tips to get you started

Fishing License

License

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.

Water Level

Water Level

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.

Deep Pools

Deep Pools

Fish the deep pools and under banks and around natural obstructions.

Ultralight tackle

Ultralight tackle

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, nightcrawlers and grasshoppers.

Bass fishing

bass fishing

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 nightcrawlers is good too. Bass like moving water and any place that food can wash into the Creek.

Fishing report

Fishing Report

Be sure to call us for an updated fishing report.

hunting

March is the busiest month for hunting, with excellent spring turkey hunts, including a supervised youth turkey hunt. Except for special-opportunity spring turkey hunts, hunting is only permitted west of U.S. 27. Hunting conditions and boat access depend on water levels, which vary considerably. All hunts except small game require quota permits. Check the regulations summary and hunt calendar before you visit.

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