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Q: Is it legal to use a cast net in fresh water for the taking of blue Tilapia in florida waters with a valid fresh water fishing license? Rob Booth

A: #1 Rob:

Check out these links,

http://www.myfwc.com/RULESANDREGS/Freshwater_FishRules_index

http://www.myfwc.com/About/Regions/About_Region_RegMap.htm

In summary:

Nongame fish (which include blue tilapia) may be taken by the use of cast nets in the South and Northeast regions, in Citrus County, and in the Southwest Region, except that possession or use of cast nets in waters adjoining Saddle Creek Fish Management Area, Polk County, confined by Morgan Combee Road, U.S. Highway 92 and Fish Hatchery Road are prohibited.

Blue Tilapia are prohibited, without a permit, in the Northwest and North Central regions.

Good Luck and Good Fishing...

Bob Wattendorf

Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator/WebMaster

Freshwater Fisheries Management

620 South Meridian St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Phone: 850/488-0520 x 17245

Fax: 850/413-0381

Mobile: 850/528-1060

Website: MyFWC.com/Fishing

E-Mail: [email protected]