NOTICE: We apologize, due to venue constraints we are not accepting new members and guests at this time. Monthly meetings will be open to current FFC members only. We do encourage residents who are interested in joining our club to get on our waiting list. Just send your name and phone number to thevillagesfwfmembership@gmail.com When space becomes available we will contact you in order received.

The Fresh Water Fishing Club has over 300 members eager to go fishing and learn more about fishing in Florida. The club’s purpose is to bring together people who want to fish and to provide a venue for doing so. It is not just for those who have fished all their lives, but for any man or woman who has an interest in the sport.

Membership is restricted to Villages residents only. Dues is $5/yr, payable every January.

The club is active in community events, including the Spring Outdoor Expo and the kid’s annual fishing derby which is part of the Summer Villages Intergenerational program. We meet monthly, September through May, the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at Lake Miona Recreation Center at 7:00 PM.
The club endeavors to:

  • Develop and improve skills in fresh water fishing and related activities.
  • Organize 8 monthly fishing outing/picnics each year.
  • Be a source of information and instruction.
  • Promote conservation ethics with regard to a “catch and release” of game fish where appropriate.
  • To actively support state and federal legislation or regulations which serve to protect or improve our natural resources




President, Randy DiSanto 352-391-1051 / 352-205-2378


Vice President: Rob Husson, 603-289-2066, rob1950@hotmail.com


Secretary: Jim Jones 541-699-6314

Board Member

Treasurer: Len Durcholz, 812-827-3899


Fishing Trip Chairman: Steve Felix 352-753-5211


Membership Chairman: Trevor Bailey 352-217-9226 / 352-350-2547


Charlie Byus 443-386-9643

Charlie Byus

Webmaster: Jerry Lester 352-358-1214

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Don Kindilien, 309-256-6935


Program Chairman: Bob Knorr 636-6515

Bob Knorr



Click here to see the By-laws.


The Freshwater Fishing Club (Hereinafter the “Club” along with its officer, directors, employees, and related entities, assumes no liability for injuries to individuals or damage to property which occurs during any activities or events sponsored, supported, organized, undertaken, or related to the Club. Participants in any activities or events sponsored, supported, organized, undertaken or related to the Club do so at their own risk: assume all liability for any damages, costs or fees resulting directly or indirectly from such participation: and agree to indemnify, release, and hold harmless the Club and its officers, directors, employees, and related entities from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, or proceedings arising from or related to any and all Club Activities or events.



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  1. Terry Dolezal says:

    I read in today’s (2/17) THE VILLAGES DAILY SUN that Eric Sutton of FWC met with John Rohan of the Rec Dept.. Does the fishing club have any details?


  2. Terry Dolezal says:

    Are there any plans for the fishing club to promote pond stocking/management to the developer or directly? It seems strange that the developer uses fishing in the ponds as an advantage to living here on the radio daily but does nothing to maintain the ponds. What would the golf course be without management? Or am I just uninformed?


    • Hi Terry, We have recently met with the Director of Recreation, John Rohan to discuss future stocking of Villages ponds. We have targeted some of the newer areas of The Villages in an effort to establish a healthy fish population. As information becomes available it will be posted on this page and announced at our regular monthly meetings.


    • Terry several ponds have been stocked. There are some really nice Bass in them as the results indicate of fish caught, 4,5,6,8 pound Bass of recent days. You are totally miss informed on this one. The ponds here in The Villages are water retention ponds to catch all the run off water.. The fishing club will keep you informed by the WEB site of in our meetings.


  3. Jay says:

    I purchased a home in the Villages last summer and will be in the area April 18th-22nd. I noticed on the Villages recreation fishing guidelines that its possible to borrow a couple of rods and reels during our visit. Is that something I need to set up in advance?



  4. Roy says:

    Please unsubscribe… there is no unsubscribe link in your emails and someone with my name doesn’t know his right email address…



  5. Eric Harvey says:

    Hello – I have learned much from faraway Minnesota browsing your site and videos! My 12yo and 15yo want to bank fish near their grandparents home in Labelle the week of 3/27. Does the pond near the Captiva Village Rec Center hold fish? Any other nearby suggestions are appreciated. Well known ponds are great we aren’t asking anyone to reveal secrets. Thank you and happy Easter!


  6. John Marshall says:

    My wife and I plus another couple are planning a days fishing using a rented pontoon boat. The guys just want to catch fish, the gals are happy to tag along as long as the trip is river based with a variety of pretty views. Any recommendations where to hire the pontoon. Thank you.


  7. Mike Johnston says:

    My son and I will be down from New York to the Villages visiting my Father-In-Law the first week in April. My son got bit by the fishing bug a few years ago (he is 14 now) and he is excited to try some FLA fishing while we are visiting. Can anyone recommend any specific ponds in the Villages to take him to? Also, I was told that the club may have loaner poles that quests can use while visiting, is that true?
    Any information, help, etc. would be greatly appreciated.


    • Loaner rods are available at Miona and La Hacienda Regional Rec Centers. There is a good pond across Bailey Trail from the Miona Rec Center and one further down Bailey Trail at the intersection with St. Charles Place.

      Jerry Lester


  8. Dan Dauchess says:

    Does the club have information on where to get fish for stocking new ponds. Also general recommendations on best bait fish etc. for stocking.


  9. Lake Miona Park is open to the public and access is by roads, (county,state). No you do not need a fishing license to boat there. If you are not a full time resident of Florida you need a fishing license to fish any water in Florida, Fresh or Salt. If you are a full time resident and over 65 you need no license, a Florida driver license is all. All ponds within The Villages are catch and release.


  10. Terry Dolezal says:

    My name is Terry Dolezal and I am a “part time” resident of TV and am confused on a couple issues that someone in your club might be able to clarify: I was told by the rec dept that there are no waters within TV that you can kayak. This seems to be incorrect? 2. I tried to access Lake Miona by golf cart and failed the last time I was there. Is it correct that it can only be accessed by state roads and requires a FL fishing license? 3. Has anyone written a tips article for visitors about the top TV lakes and best lures during different times of the year? I have more questions but I’ll quit with these. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    New Braunfels, TX


    • Terry,

      My sojourn in a kayak on Poinciana Pond was approved after Neighborhood Watch called “the office”. It was approved by John Rohan, personally. Rohan is head of Recreation. Janet Tutt documented the approval. Of course, it must be a fishable pond. Much information has been provided on which ponds are “fishable”. I think the phone book still has the rules applying to “fishable”. Insofar as Miona is concerned, there is no golf cart access from anywhere but the contingent The-Villages property owners. Unless you have their permission to cross their property, you cannot access Lake Miona except by the Public ramp and that by motor vehicle from Rainey Trail. Hope this helps. Jerry Lester


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  12. BILL SHELTON says:



  13. Don, Only canoes and kayaks are allowed in The Villages retention ponds. Just kidding. Fisherman’s Wharf on Eagles Nest Road has sheltered slips. Trouble is, it’s about a mile out a canal to Lake Griffin. I’ve paddled it.


  14. Don Kindilien says:

    My neighbor is looking for a place to put his pontoon boat in a slip. Any tips will be appreciated.
    Don Kindilien


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