Florida Fishing Regions
Lake Blue Cypress
Comprises 6,555 acres bordered by marsh and cypress swamp. With a pictorial setting, this lake offers good fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker, warmouth, spotted sunfish, black crappie, and catfish. Sunshine bass have been stocked in Lake Blue Cypress since 1976. The only access point is Blue Cypress Fish Camp, Blue Cypress Grade, four miles off SR 60, approximately 12 miles east of Yeehaw Junction from the Florida Turnpike or 25 miles west of Vero Beach.
Blue Cypress is best known for its speckled perch, which are caught in abundance by anglers drifting to locate a school, then anchoring to fish. Sunshines are also taken in this manner, and the primary bait used is a Missouri minnow or small jig. Bass fishing is good around areas of structure or cover such as the cypress shoreline. Bluegill can be taken on live bait or a fly rod, with summer months the best. The Commission has built fish attractors to provide habitat for bass, crappie and bream.
Fellsmere Reservoir (Farm 13/Stick Marsh)
Created in 1985 by flooding 6,550 acres of farm land. This highly productive system contains an outstanding catch-and-release bass fishery. Harvest of other species is allowed and an excellent bream, crappie and catfish population is provided. This reservoir can be accessed by taking the Fellsmere exit off I-95, then proceeding west on CR 512 into Fellsmere and north on CR 507, before going west on the Fellsmere Grade, which parallels the C-54 Canal. The launch area is about six miles west off the Grade. All largemouth bass caught must be immediately released unharmed.
Ansin-Garcia Reservoir (Blue Cypress Water Management Area)
Located on SR 512, 1 1/2 miles north of its juncture with SR 60, near the town of Fellsmere. It is a man-made, 10,750-acre reservoir bisected by SR 512 and consists of three sections. The southwestern 1,800 acres have a restriction of 10 hp or less on outboards and no airboats. State regulations apply throughout and water level fluctuations may make water too shallow to navigate during low water.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication