FFS hosts monthly events (March through November) that provide families the opportunity to fish together in a safe and fun setting in our 6 “catching ponds” on the grounds of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Anglers can expect to catch bream (bluegill, red-ear sunfish, warmouth), largemouth bass, and channel catfish up to 10 lbs. Family Fishing Days are free, open to the public, and catch-and-release. Volunteers are on hand to help. We encourage folks with little or no fishing experience to attend. Our volunteers enjoy showing novices the ropes.

Family Fishing Day are held once each month at the UF/IFAS fishing ponds. As always, all family members, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to participate! We offer a railed fishing deck, with two handicapped accessible ramps for those with disabilities who enjoy the thrill of fresh water fishing! Come for a morning of fun, family-oriented, fresh-water fishing. We have loaner poles and bait (cut up hotdogs and beef liver) available, but everyone is welcome to bring their own equipment and bait.

In an effort to support our program, we are collecting aluminum cans for recycling. If you could save and bring your cans, we would greatly appreciate it!


DIRECTIONS: We are located in Northwest Gainesville, about 2 miles west of Devil’s Millhopper State Geologic Site. Heading west on Millhopper Rd., take a right onto NW 71st Street. Go through the gate, and continue until the pavement ends at a long, white building. The ponds will be to your right. There’s plenty of paved parking!

Our physical address is:
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

Directions via Bing

No need to RSVP for events unless your group has more than 10 people. If so, please email with your name and how many adults and children will be attending. We respectfully ask that you leave your pets at home for all events.

Fishing For Success
2021 Family Fishing Days Schedule

August 21 Family Fishing Day Back to School Bonanza

September 18 Family Fishing Day Aquatic Education Day

October 16 Family Fishing Day Spooky Candy Day

November 13 Final Family Fishing Day Veteran’s Day BBQ and Sharon Fitz-Coy Memorial

All events are free and open to the general public

Fishing is from 8am till noon

No need to RSVP for events, unless your group has more than 10 people.

If so, please email