The Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (SWF CISMA) is hosting this event on April 8th to help native freshwater fish in Southwest Florida counties by identifying, catching and removing Non-Native, Freshwater fish like Mayan cichlids, Oscars, Spotted Tilapia, and more.

Fishing will start at 7:00 am at any Freshwater site in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades or Charlotte Counties. Florida Freshwater Fishing licenses are required to fish in this event. This is a Freshwater, Non Native Fish Competition; All Native Fish or Salt Water Fish are ineligible for submission. For more information on eligible Non Native Freshwater Fish, see links below.

Categories include hook and line OR catch net. Prizes will be awarded to the individual in each category who catches the largest Non Native, Freshwater Fish; the individual who catches the most Non Native, Freshwater Fish; and the team who brings in the most Non Native, Freshwater Fish by weight.

Teams are NOT required. However, if you choose to work with a team, there may be no more than 5 registered individuals and you all must fish together in same area.

All fish must arrive at the Gazebo located at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida by 3 p.m. for measurements and weigh in.

There will be a Kids Only Fishing Blitz at the Conservancy Pond from 3:00pm until 4:00pm. Prizes will be awarded to the child (15 years or less) who brings in the largest Non Native Fish and to the child who brings in the most Non Native Fish.

Registration is required for each individual over the age of 15.


More information on freshwater non native fish in Florida

Non Native Freshwater Fish Identification Guide (FFWCC)

Event Flyer