A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

Freshwater Fishing
Sport fishing is allowed in designated areas in accordance with current Federal, State, and Refuge regulations except where posted as closed. Over 140,000 acres are open to freshwater fishing. Over 60 miles of trails and canals provide opportunities for bank fishing. Anglers may fish from an accessible fishing pier at the Headquarters Entrance in Boynton Beach, FL or at 20-Mile Bend in Loxahatchee, FL. Visit our Boating page to learn about boat ramp locations. Refuge entrance fees apply.

What can I catch?
Over 40 species of fish have been detected on the refuge. Freshwater anglers may catch native species that include largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bowfin (mud fish), redear sunfish, chain pickerel, Florida gar, bluegill, and warmouth. Additionally, anglers might also catch exotic species that occur in South Florida such as the Mayan cichlid, blue tilapia, butterfly peacock bass, oscar, spotted tilapia, sailfin catfish, bullseye, snakehead and others.

Rules and Regulations
For a complete listing of sport fishing and boating regulations on the refuge, please visit our Rules and Regulations page.

Fishing License
Visit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website to learn about fishing license requirements.

Fishing Guides
Fishing guides are allowed by Special Use Permit only. To apply for a special use permit, please follow the instructions on the Permits page.

Comprehensive list of refuge-approved fishing guides:

Fishing Guide Name: Elmer Pillon
Business Name: Rhino Diaries Adventures
Phone: (954) 242-8777
Email: elmerpillon@gmail.com

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