Florida Fishing Regions
Conservation Area 2
Consists of 210 square miles of Everglades marsh connected with perimeter canals. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, oscar and warmouth are in abundance with occasional occurrences of snook and tarpon. Points of entry are the Loxahatchee Recreation Area on SR 827 off U.S. Hwy. 441 at the Palm Beach/ Broward County line; and the Sawgrass Recreation Area on U.S. Hwy. 27, two miles north of Alligator Alley (SR 84, I-75).
Under low water conditions, Area 2 offers excellent bass, bream and oscar fishing in the canals. For bass, try plastic worms during the day and top water plugs or crank baits early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Bream"bed" during the warmer months and offer sport for fly-fishing anglers using sinking bugs or canepolers using crickets or redworms. Also abundant are catfish, that can be taken by fishing dead bait on the bottom.
Conservation Area 3
Covers 730 square miles of Everglades wetlands bordered by a canal system. The most sought after sportfish are bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, oscar and warmouth. Main access points are Everglades Holiday Park on U.S. Hwy. 27, six miles south of SR 84, I-75; and Mack's Fish Camp on Danell Lane off Krome Ave., one-half mile south of U. S. Hwy. 27. Most of Area 3's fishing in Broward County is limited to canals along Alligator Alley, U. S. Hwy. 27, the Miami Canal, Holiday Park and other systems. However, when water levels are high enough, the interior of the area can be reached with an airboat. Try plastic worms in the canals for bass, or shiners if live bait is available . Bream take crickets, worms, and artificial lures.
Fishable populations of peacock bass now exist in the major Broward County canals as far north as the Pompano Canal (C-14) including the North and South New River Canals. A handful of butterfly peacocks have been caught as far west as the L-67A Canal in Conversation Area 3, but this area is not yielding consistent catches nor is it expected to in the near future. Most rock pits and ponds in eastern Broward County are connected to canals by culverts, so they also may have butterfly peacocks Some of these pits in northern Broward County represent the northernmost range for fishable populations of butterfly peacocks in Florida.
Several good boat ramps are located on Broward County canals and their exact locations can be obtained from area tackle shop operators. A good ramp providing access to the Pompano Canal is located in Veterans Park at the intersection of University Drive and Southgate Boulevard.
Plantation Heritage Fish Management Area
Exit I-95 at Davie Blvd. (west), to U.S. Hwy. 441 where Davie turns into Peters Rd. Continue west on Peters Rd. past the turnpike overpass. Park is on the north side of Peters Rd. at Fig Tree Lane.
Delevoe Fish Management Area
Exit I-95 at Sunrise Blvd. (west), to NW 27th Ave. Turn south on NW 27th Ave. to NW 6th St., then east on NW 6th St. for 1/4-mile. Park is on the south side of NW 6th St.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication