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Miami-Dade Parks has a number of large and small freshwater lakes ideal for boating, stocked for fishing, and some saltwater areas that are popular with anglers. A few of the lakes are reserved for scenic purposes only, as resting sites for waterfowl. On the lakes that allow boating, you can rent paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, sailboats--even banana boats.

A relaxing and rewarding component of Miami-Dade Parks' recreation programs is the Urban Fishing Program, begun by the Florida Game and Freshwater Fishing Commission at Tropical Park (7900 Bird Road) in 1990. The Commission wanted to increase fishing opportunities in urban areas by stocking selected lakes and establishing specific rules and regulations for each area. Through a joint agreement with the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, the Commission chose the 12-acre freshwater North Lake in Tropical Park as one of its prime fishing sites, and is currently managing it with the latest and newest techniques to insure top fish production.

Currently the Commission and the Park and Recreation Department are involved in new methods of aeration, aquatic plant management, supplemental breeding, channel catfish stocking (fish farming) and water quality monitoring. Coupled with alert supervision, it all makes for some good fishing right here in the middle of south Miami-Dade County. Following is a list of where you can fish or boat in a Miami-Dade County park.

FRESHWATER FISHING LOCATIONS:

Amelia Earhart Park
401 East 65 Street, Hialeah, Florida 33013
(305) 769-2693
Fish for largemouth bass in two lakes.


Larry and Penny Thompson Park
11451 SW 184 Street, Miami, Florida 33177
(305) 255-8257
Catch bass in the freshwater lake located in the park.


Milton E. Thompson Park and Campground
16665 NW 177 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33192
(305) 821-5122
Fish for bass, oscars, bluegill and mudfish in one of three lakes.


Tropical Park
7900 SW 40 Street, Miami, Florida 33155
(305) 226-0796
Catch largemouth bass, blue-gill and catfish in the park's Urban Lake on the north side.

SALT WATER FISHING LOCATIONS:

East Greynolds Park
17530 West Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida
(305) 945-3425
Here, the lake runs into the nearby Oleta River where you can fish for mullet,grunt and crabs.


Haulover Park and Marina
10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33154
(305) 947-3525
Try your luck at tarpon, snook, snapper, or jack along the jetty and the cut leading from Biscayne Bay to the ocean, and on the west side of the park near the picnic area, or charter a drift fishing boat for a half or full day of fishing.


Crandon Park and Marina
4000 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
(305) 361-1281
Take a fun filled trip and charter a sport fishing boat for a half or full day around Biscayne Bay, the ocean, or to the Bahamas.


Pelican Harbor Marina
1275 NE 79 Street, Miami, Florida 33138
(305) 754-9330
Fish in designated areas, or take a boat out


Matheson Hammock Park and Marina
9610 SW Old Cutler Road, Miami, Florida 33156
(305) 665-5475
You can fish for snapper, mullet and snook under the bridge, past the toll gate on the right side of the park.


Black Point Park and Marina
24775 SW 87 Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33032
(305) 258-4092
Fish by the long channel leading out to the bay for redfish, snapper, and snook.


Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina
9698 SW North Canal Drive, Homestead, Florida 33090
(305) 230-3033
Fishing in designated areas and along the canal and bay areas for barracuda, snapper, mullet and sea bass.

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