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St. Pete Opens Lakes for Summer Fishing

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A freshwater fishing license is required at all freshwater lakes.

ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department has opened 20 freshwater and two saltwater lakes for the summer season, which lasts through Labor Day.

Fishing is permitted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. A freshwater fishing license is required at all freshwater lakes except for children ages 15 and younger or anyone fishing in their resident county and using a pole without a reel. Florida residents older than 65 do not need a fishing license but must show proof of age and residency if requested.

Licenses are available at Pinellas County Tax Collector Offices: 1067 62nd Ave. S, 1800 66th St. N, 13025 Starkey Road in Largo, or 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater. Licenses are also available at some bait and sporting goods stores. For fishing license information, call (727) 464-7777.

These freshwater lakes are usually stocked with bass, bream, catfish and Nile perch. The lakes will be open for shoreline fishing only (boats are prohibited):

*Booker Creek Park Lake – 23rd St. and 13th Ave. N
*Childs Park Lake – 11th Ave. and 42nd St. S
*Crescent Lake Park – 22nd Ave. and Fifth St. N
*Eagle Crest Lake – Sixth Ave. and 66th St. N
*Euclid Lake – 25th Ave. and 17th St. N
*Moon Lake – 13th Ave. and 42nd St. N
*Kelly Lake – 40th Ave. and 20th St. N
*Jude Lake – Sixth Ave. and 55th St. N
*Lake Vista Park – 62nd Ave. and 14th St. S
*Lynch Lake – 70th Ave. and 18th St. N.
*Mastry Lake – 64th Ave. and 14th St. N
*Ruby Lake – 26th Ave. and 35th St. N
*Sheffield Lake – 24th Ave. and 49th St. N
*Sirmons Lake – 33rd Ave. and 41st St. N
*Teresa Gardens Lake – 32nd Ave. and 71st St. N
*Viking Lake – 75th Ave. and 14th St. N

Saltwater lakes generally have speckled trout, silver trout, redfish, sheepshead, mullet, catfish and Nile perch. No license is required to fish from the shoreline of these saltwater lakes:

*Bartlett Lake – 22nd Ave. and Fourth St. S
*Fossil Park Lake – 70th Ave. and Seventh St. N

The following lakes remain open for fishing year-round:

*Bartlett Lake – 22nd Ave. and Fourth St. S
*Fossil Park Lake – 70th Ave. and Seventh St. N
*Walter Fuller Lake – 26th Ave. and 78th St. N
*Lake Maggiore – 38th Ave. and Dr. MLK, Jr. St. S
*Lake Eli (Little Lake Maggiore) – 25th St. and Lamparilla Way S
*Mirror Lake – (off Fifth St. N.) Second Ave. and Mirror Lake Dr. N

The Parks and Recreation Department reminds anglers who fish in city lakes to observe the following guidelines:

* Cast netting is permitted only at Lake Maggiore and Lake Eli (Little Lake Maggiore).
* Crab traps are not allowed in any city lake.
* Obey all posted signs.
* Fish only from the shore or from designated fishing docks where available (excluding Lake Maggiore).
* Clean fish at home.
* Use trash container.
* Remove litter from your fishing outing.
* Do not encroach upon private property.
* Be considerate of the surrounding neighborhood.
* Do not create excessive noise.

For information, call the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 893-7441 or go to

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