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Aug. 17, 2023 Suggested Tweet: There’s still time to participate in the @MyFWC Battle of the Lakes
competition! #Florida #fishing Susa holding trophy bass
TrophyCatch angler, Timothy Susa, holds his catch from Fellsmere Reservoir (Headwaters) from April 2023.
This bass weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces.

FWC: There’s still time to participate in Battle of the Lakes

Anglers continue to compete for the title of “the best” in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission’s (FWC) Battle of the Lakes between Fellsmere Water Management Area (also known
as Headwaters and Egan lakes) and Orange Lake in Florida. Bass fishing enthusiasts can join the battle
with rods and reels as the friendly competition approaches the Sept. 30 deadline to determine which
Florida water will be crowned the victor. The lake that tallies the heaviest weight of trophy size bass
(8 pounds or larger) will be the winner and one angler from the winning side will be randomly selected
for prizes from professional anglers Shaw Grigsby or JT Kenney.

At the end of July, Fellsmere was ahead with 84 trophy largemouth bass catches totaling 750 pounds.
Orange Lake had 56 trophy catches entered into the contest to date totaling 546 pounds and claims the
only four Hall of Fame bass weighing 13 pounds or heavier. All bass must be submitted to and approved
by FWC’s TrophyCatch citizen-science program to qualify and the minimum weight is 8 pounds.

“Conservation and research are the real prizes in this competition,” said Tom Graef, Director of
FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “Information gathered from each submission
helps guide our trophy bass management activities on these waters as well as statewide.”

Echoing the FWC’s choice of Fellsmere and Orange Lake for the contest, Bassmaster recently listed both
waters alongside Lake Okeechobee on its prestigious “Top 10 Best Bass Lakes of 2023,” making Florida
the most represented state on the list.

The catch deadline for Season 11 of TrophyCatch also ends on Sept. 30. Anglers must submit catches from
this season by Oct. 15. For more information about how the FWC is focusing efforts to grow bigger bass,
visit To learn more about the TrophyCatch program, visit

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and
annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at To learn about Fellsmere, Orange Lake, and other top destinations to go freshwater
fishing, go to and near the bottom of the page, select “Fishing Sites/Forecasts.”

For more information about the FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, contact Michelle Kerr
at 850-510-4776 or [email protected].

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