The City of Ocoee and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be teaming up once again to host a family fishing event as part of the Founder’s Day activities. The event will run at the Ocoee Lakefront from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday. Everything about the event is FREE and no preregistration is necessary.
The fishing will occur at the boat ramp boat docks and the fishing pier. Bait and tackle will be provided compliments of the FWC’s Fish Orlando program. Raffle prizes will be drawn from the stage closest to the boat ramp at 12:15 p.m. All kids who fish will receive a participatory ribbon. FREE event T-shirts will be handed to event participants as long as supplies last. Headquarters for the event will be on Lakeshore Drive right next to the boat ramp.
Although the FAB FIVE Family Fishing Event is always a highlight of the cooperation between the City of Ocoee and the FWC’s Fish Orlando program, it is only one part of a longstanding effort to make fishing better for the Citizens of Ocoee. Fish Orlando’s mission statement is to “provide and promote quality fishing opportunities in the greater Orlando area”. Ocoee became part of the program in 1999 when Starke Lake was named a Fish Orlando FAB FIVE water body. The FAB FIVE are five water bodies in the greater Orlando area managed for quality-size fish (See the informational kiosks at the Ocoee lakefront to find out the other FAB FIVE water bodies).
Over the past decade many activities have been conducted on Starke Lake to make it better for fisherman. Some of these activities include: removing nuisance aquatic vegetation and replanting with “good” plants favorable to fish and wildlife; building a fishing pier equipped with fish feeders that distribute fish feed three times in the morning and evening; constructing fishing lanes so bank fishermen have a place to cast among the grass; installing fish attractors made of oak brush to make it easier for the fisherman to find the fish; stocking baitfish to grow bigger bass; and spending hundred’s of thousands of dollars to clean up the water going into the lake.
So come on out and see the work yourself while having some “good ole fashion” family fishing fun. The fish are usually cooperative and almost no one goes away from the event without a smile on their face.
Fish Orlando! “Bringing Quality Fishing to Families”