Bank Fishing

WATER BODIES FOR FISHING WITHOUT A BOAT IN THE VILLAGES

Fishable Ponds In The Villages, FL from Jerry Lester on Vimeo.

If the map is too small for you to see clearly, click on the picture above the video to see a larger version.

Click on this link to see fishing guidelines and the list of fishable ponds in The Villages, as published by The Villages Recreation Dept. The included ponds are listed below. Clicking on a pond name will bring up a map.


1. GOLF VIEW LAKE
Location: Behind the Paradise Rec. Center
Where you can fish: Around the pier
2. LAKE PARADISE
Location: East side of Hwy. 441 next to the golf cart bridge.
Where you can fish: You can fish anywhere there are not any homes by the lake
3. SILVER LAKE
Location: Dustin Drive next to the Silver Lake Rec. Center
Where you can fish: You can fish the entire lake (respect homeowner property)
4. LAKE MIRA MAR
Location: Behind the La Hacienda Rec. Center
Where you can fish: You can fish the entire lake (respect homeowner property)
5. LAKE CHULA VISTA
Location: Avenida Central to Bernardo Blvd.
Where you can fish: Along the banks of Bernardo Blvd. (Actually the cart path.)
6. SUMMERHILL POND
Location: Across from Summerhill Pool
Where can you fish: On Woodridge Drive, Road side
7. LAGUNA MADRE
Location: Morse Blvd., Lake behind Freedom Pointe
Where you can fish: Along the banks beside Morse Blvd.
8. LAGO PAQUITO
Location: El Camino Real and Morse Blvd. behind Brookdale Nursing Facility
Where you can fish: Along the banks of Morse Blvd. and El Camino Real
9. LAGO SANTIAGO
Location: Enrique Drive, next to the El Santiago Rec. Center
Where you can fish: Along the banks beside Enrique Drive, next to the sidewalk
10. FISHABLE POND
Location: Entrance of Glenview Country Club
Where can you fish: Along road (South) side of ponds
Two ponds on golf course cannot be fished
11. CHATHAM SQUARE POND
Location: Located next to the Chatham Square postal station
Where you can fish: Alongside the banks of Calumet Ave & Postal Station
12. BONITA POND
Location: Located across the street from Bonita postal station
Where you can fish: You can fish along Homeland Park St. & Canal St
13. FISHABLE POND (Ardson)
Location: Located at the corner of Ardson Ave. & Odell Circle
Where to fish: Fish on Odell Circle only (respect homeowner property)
14 FISHABLE POND (Miona Rec. Center)
Location: Located intersection of Buena Vista Blvd. & Bailey Trail
Opposite the entrance to Lake Miona Rec. Center
Where to fish: You can fish all around the pond (respect homeowner property)
15. ASHLAND POND
Location: Located behind Ashland postal station
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of Lynnhaven Lane
16. DUVAL POND
Location: Located at on Odell Circle across from Duval pool
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of Odell Circle
17. POINCIANNA POND
Location: Located at the Conner of St Charles and Bialy Trial
Where to fish: You can fish all around the pond (respect homeowner property)
18. CHARLOTTE POND
Location: Next to Charlotte Adult Pool
Where to fish: Along Charlotte Ct. road side
19. FISHABLE POND
Location: Located at intersection of Hillsborough Trail and Charlotte Ct
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of Charlotte Ct & Hillsborough Trail
20. PINE RIDGE POND
Location: Located on Moyer Loop across from Pine Ridge pool
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of Moyer Loop
21. FISHABLE POND
Location: Located on Warnock Rd across from Lake Deaton pool
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of Warnock Rd
22. FISHABLE POND
Location: Located on McLin Lane. Between Zinnia Place and Wentrop
Avenue
Where to fish: Alongside the banks of McLin Lane
23. FENNY PUTT & PLAY
Location: Located around Fenny Putt & Play
Where to fish: You can fish all around the pond (respect homeowner property)
24. EVERGLADES REC CENTER POND
Location: Behind Everglades Rec Center on Warm Springs Ave,

Finally, here’s a map which shows all the ponds. Clicking on any of circles containing a “P” will bring up a description of the pond.

WHERE TO FISH WITHOUT A BOAT—–NEAR THE VILLAGES

1. Singletary Park on Lake Harris, Highway # 27 South of Leesburg at boat launch area. Fishing pier, especially night time for crappie spawn.

2. Herlong Park boat launch area, back waters on Lake Griffin, Highway # 441 (Railroad engine) across from Orange Juice plant—-Leesburg.

3. Lake Harris, Leesburg, downtown Venetian Gardens off Highway #44 near hospital. Extensive shore line.

4. Buzzard’s Beach, on Lake Eustis, Highway #441 east of Leesburg. Boat launch area and surrounding area.

5. Lake Deaton boat ramp area.

6. Lake Miona county park fishing pier.

7. Downtown Eustis, Lake Eustis lighted lake edge boardwalk

8. Wooten Park, downtown Tavares, Lake Dora fishing pier and shore line area to fish.

9. Fishing piers, shoreline and bay area in downtown Mt. Dora on Lake Dora, called Gilbert Park at the end of Tremain st.

10. Highway #19 bridge to Howie-in-the-hills park called Hickory Pointe has several fishing piers.

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FISHING GUIDELINES

Florida is conducive to year-round fishing which makes The Villages a perfect community to offer ample fishing opportunities for those who wish to wet a hook and line. To ensure your fishing experience is enjoyable, it is important to know the rules and regulations for fishing these water bodies. The Village Community Development Districts and the State’s Water Management Districts who oversee and manages these water bodies, which serve several purposes for the community, also provides anglers fishable areas for their recreational enjoyment. In order to have a healthy and manageable fishery available for anglers, the Village Community Development Districts (VCDD) along with the Freshwater Fishing Club has outlined expectations for those anglers wanting to fish the bodies of water within the boundaries of The Villages in accordance with the following conditions:

  1. All fishermen are required to comply with federal, state and local laws, statutes and ordinances while fishing within the boundaries of The Villages. Licenses are required for those 16 years of age or older. No license is required for Florida residents 65 yrs of age and older. (proof of residency and age required) For licensing information, visit www.MyFWC.com.
  2. Fishermen may fish in any lake, canal or stream, whether natural or man made, which can be reached without crossing over or trespassing upon any privately owned property or golf courses.
  3. Fishermen are prohibited from fishing in Lake Sumter, Harmswood or other areas with “No Fishing” signs posted.
  4. Fishermen may launch kayaks, canoes, and not motorized craft on the retention ponds, subject to the other restrictions.
  5. Any person crossing into jurisdictional wetlands is in volition of state and federal law and may be prosecuted.
  6. If you have any questions regarding this policy please call the VCDD Recreation Business Office at 753-1716.

Thanks to the contributions of the Freshwater Fishing Club, the Recreation Department has a Rod Loaner Program which is available at La Hacienda Regional Recreation Center and Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center. It is a “free-rental” system where, upon request, rods and reels can be checked-out with a Villages ID or Guest ID card. You may contact the La Hacienda Recreation Center at 753-1716 or Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center 430-2950 for more information. If you would like more information you may attend The Fresh Water Fishing Club meeting which is held the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center.

The VCDD practices catch and release. Catch and release is defined as “a practice within recreational fishing intended as a technique of conservation. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing serious exhaustion or injury.” This definition goes hand in hand with the core values of The Villages and the VCDD.

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Where can I get bait/hooks and bobbers?

1. Brooker Bait & Tackle (352-460-0695) Tackle specialists, worms, minnows, shiners, 351 A. West North Blvd, Leesburg on 441 at the 441/27 split.

2. Walmart 17863 Rte. 441/27 in Summerfield has equipment and worms.

3. Walmart at Buffalo Ridge Shopping complex has equipment and worms.

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Practice C.P.R — Catch – Photograph – Release

Unless the fish is a personal trophy, release the fish alive so that others can enjoy the experience.

It is important that all people fishing in The Villages respect the private property of homeowners and golf facilities. Please leave your fishing site as clean as you found it.

1 Response to Bank Fishing

  1. Michael Blouir says:

    what species do you target in mid February?

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