The city of Clermont and The Florida Angler have partnered to present “Stop Wishing, Go Fishing,” a clinic for those who’ve been dreaming of dropping a line in one of Lake and Sumter County’s many lakes. The clinic is 9am-noon Saturday at Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St., in Clermont.
Held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservaion Commission’s License-free Freshwater Fishing Days, June 8-9, it’s a great time to enjoy fishing without the freshwater fishing license normally required.
“As one of most recreationally utilized lake systems in Florida, the Clermont Chain of Lakes provides the perfect opportunity to teach new fishermen and to improve the skills of the experienced angler,” says Scott Davidoff, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “The City of Clermont is proud to partner with a local business with years of experience in teaching everyone how to enjoy this lifelong activity.”
During the clinic, participants will rotate through three stations of education and training: Fishing in Florida, Tackling and Gear, and Techniques. To register, go to the Facebook event page at bit.ly/31506uR or register in person at Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose St., where all forms are mailed or dropped off. There will also be registration available onsite for a half hour before the event begins, but space is liited and only cash or check will be accepted the day of the event. There is a $10 registration fee per person, plus tax. This clinic is recommended for ages 6 and up, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
“We are very excited to kick off FWC’s License-Free Freshwater Fishing Days with an educational and fun local event, and ways to get you out on the water enjoying Florida’s amazing natural resources,” says Ashley Condon, chief outdoor officer of The Florida Angler.
This is a full-service premium outfitter for all levels of anglers that opened in 2018 in downtown Clermont. “The Clermont Chain of Lakes is one of the finest in the state, with a thriving ecosystem and plenty of species to target throughout the year,” Ashley adds. “This is a great time to gear up before Father’s Day and the rest of summer, and we try to keep that experience personal.”
The City of Clermont has four fishing piers: Palatlakaha Pier on Lake Palatlakaha; and the 8th, 5th and 2nd street piers on Lake Minneola. The Clermont Chain of Lakes features 11 lakes where you’ll find bass, crappie, catfish, shellcracker, sunshine bass, bluegill and bowfin.
The Clermont Chain of Lakes is one of Florida’s most recreationally polished lake systems and has some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the world.
So stop wishing and go fishing!