Freshwater Fisheries Research


The fish and invertebrates in Florida’s lakes and rivers are an important natural resource. Freshwater fishing is a significant contributor to tourism and the state’s economy. To ensure the health and sustainability of Florida’s aquatic resources, the Freshwater Fisheries Research section provides freshwater fishery, invertebrate, and habitat information to those in federal, state, and local governments who make decisions that affect Florida’s freshwater resources. The information is also made available to the public through news releases, magazine articles, social media, and the web.


Jason Dotson,
Section Administrator

Annual Budget: $3,203,128
Staff: 63

Highlights on Current Research

  • Evaluation of the Largemouth Bass Population Before and After Habitat Restoration at Suwannee Lake

    A full-lake restoration of Suwannee Lake led by FWC drastically improves overall lake health and the largemouth bass fishery.

Sample of Active Projects

Gravel Bar Trawling Project
Studying the populations of Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Northwest Florida.

Preserving a state record fish
Determination of best handling practices to minimize weight loss post-catch of four species.

St. Johns River Morone Assessments
A new telemetry study is helping researchers determine the temporal and spatial movements of individual fish at Silver Glen Springs.