Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Benderson Park a Hidden Gem

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Benderson Park a Hidden Gem

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FRESHWATER FISHING

Looking for a top-notch freshwater fishing venue right in the urban Sarasota/Bradenton area? Look no further than Benderson Park Lake, which lies just off I-75 and Cattlemen Road. This 400-acre impoundment was originally a shell borrow pit fed by Cooper Creek and had been a closely guarded secret by many local outdoors folk for years.

When the 600-acre Benderson Park was created, the old borrow pit was expanded to its present size and constructed to offer all sorts of water sport opportunities, including the now well-known sculling events. Luckily, fishing is still allowed there and is highly productive. The lake is home to a wide variety of bream, including bluegill, shellcracker, speckled perch and more. Largemouth black bass are common and channel catfish abound. The lake was stocked many years ago with catfish and they have thrived.

The east side of the lake is currently the most productive and all the aforementioned species can be taken on feather light spinning and fly tackle. …

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