Water-Related News

Commercial fishing permits at Saddle Creek Park

Polk County Parks & Recreation is offering commercial fishing permits to the public at Saddle Creek Park. The permits, which cost $2,900 and require a $100 non-refundable application fee, authorize commercial fishermen to remove tilapia and brown hoplo from the waterways at Saddle Creek Park.

The permits are no longer available by a lottery drawing and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 10 people that apply, pay and pass the background check. The permits will expire March 15, 2018.

Application forms will be available at the Parks & Recreation office, 515 E. Boulevard St., Bartow; the Saddle Creek Park office, 3716 Morgan Combee Road, Lakeland; or on the county’s website at www.polk-county.net. Applications and fees must be hand-delivered at the above-listed locations. No applications will be accepted by mail.

For more information about obtaining a Polk County Parks & Recreation commercial fishing permit, call (863) 534-4340.