Fishing Pier finder

A new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission resource is now available to help shore-bound anglers find places from which to fish such as this pavilion at the Inglis Dam Recreation Area on Lake Rousseau.

For those anglers not equipped with a boat but who still enjoy the thrill of fighting a fish, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has recently developed a tool for shore-bound anglers to find hot spots to catch their favorite fish.

The Florida Fishing Pier Finder is a new, interactive map that assists anglers in finding fishing structures from which to fish. The finder can be found by accessing MyFWC.com/PierFinder.

FWC Commissioner Gary Lester said of the new resource, “I am thrilled with the FWC’s new Florida Fishing Pier Finder. This innovative platform helps anglers find areas where they can enjoy the diverse fishing opportunities found here in Florida. Providing shore-based anglers with easy-to-use location information for fishing piers, bridges and jetties increases access options and possibilities for new and experienced anglers.”

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Those desiring to find a structure to fish from may search for a location by county, city, feature name and type of structure, such as a pier or bridge, according to FWC. Some of the fishable structures extend a few feet into the water, while others are larger and can extend 2,000 feet or more into the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean.

FWC says that while a majority of these structures are free to use, some fishing piers require a fee and almost all of those that require a fee have a pier license that allows resident and non-resident anglers to legally fish from those structures.

The pier finder was created through funding from the federal Sport Fish Restoration program. The program collects taxes from fishing equipment, motorboat fuel and fishing license purchases to fund projects that provide enhanced fishing opportunities, according to FWC. To learn more about the program, go to MyFWC.com/SFR.

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