Osprey Nest

The birds at Blue Cypress

See Bald Eagles, Egret, Great Blue Heron, Ospreys, Owls, Storks and Hawks at Middleton’s Fish Camp, Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals and Blue Cypress Lake!

ospreytreesOsprey

Osprey are one of the most common birds to be seen at Blue Cypress Lake, where they build large nests in the cypress trees and hunt the lake, bayous and meadows for fish and small game.

Here are some links to sites with more information about ospreys:

All About Birds – Ospreys

Wikipedia – Osprey

Audubon Field Guide – Osprey

Wikipedia – The Florida Osprey

Blue Cypress Lake: Osprey Central

 

 

 


 

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The Fish at Blue Cypress Lake

When you visit Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals for fishing, you are likely to catch mostly Large Mouth Bass, Speckled Perch (Crappie), Bluegills, Shellcrackers and several varieties of Catfish.


Largemouth bass

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Largemouth bass
Largemouth.JPG
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Micropterus
Species: M. salmoides
Binomial name
Micropterus salmoides
(Lacépède, 1802)[2]

The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a freshwater gamefish in the sunfish family, a species of black bass native to North America. It is known by a variety of regional names, such as the widemouth bassbigmouth bassblack bassbucketmouthlargiesPotter’s fishFlorida bassFlorida largemouthgreen bassgreen troutgilsdorf bassOswego basssouthern largemouth and (paradoxically) northern largemouth.[3] The largemouth bass is the state fish of GeorgiaMississippi, and Indiana, the state freshwater fish of Florida and Alabama, and the state sport fish of Tennessee.

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Crappie

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Crappies
Black_crappie_and_white_crappie_fish
Black (top) and white crappie
(P. nigromaculatus & P. annularis)
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Pomoxis
Rafinesque, 1818
Type species
Pomoxis annularis
Rafinesque, 1818

Crappies (/ˈkrɒp/ or /ˈkræp/)[1][2] are a genusPomoxis, of North American fresh water fish in the sunfish family Centrarchidae. Both species in this genus are popular pan fish.

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Bluegill

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Bluegill
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Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Lepomis
Species: L. macrochirus
Binomial name
Lepomis macrochirus
Rafinesque, 1810

The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, brim, or copper nose. It is a member of the sunfish familyCentrarchidae of the order Perciformes. It is native to North America and lives in streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. It is commonly found east of the Rockies. It usually hides around, and inside, old tree stumps and other underwater structures. It can live in either deep or very shallow water, and will often move back and forth, depending on the time of day or season. Bluegills also like to find shelter among water plants and in the shade of trees along banks.

Bluegills can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and about 4 12 pounds. They have very distinctive coloring, with deep blue and purple on the face and gill cover, dark olive-colored bands down the side, and a fiery orange to yellow belly. The fish are omnivores and will eat anything they can fit in their mouth. They mostly feed on small aquatic insects and fish. The fish play a key role in the food chain, and are prey for muskieswalleyetroutbassheronskingfisherssnapping turtles, and otters.

The bluegill is the state fish of Illinois.[1]

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Shellcrackers:

Redear sunfish

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Redear sunfish
Temporal range: Middle Miocene to Recent
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Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Lepomis
Species: L. microlophus
Binomial name
Lepomis microlophus
(Günther, 1859)

The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus, also known as the shellcrackerGeorgia breamcherry gillchinquapinimproved breamrouge ear sunfish and sun perch) is a freshwater fish native to the southeastern United States. Since it is a popular sport fish, it has been introduced to bodies of water all over North America. It is known for its diet of mollusks and snails.

Large shellcracker before preparation for consumption


Catfish

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Catfish
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous – present 100–0 Ma
Ameiurus_melas_by_Duane_Raver
Black bullhead
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Ostariophysi
Order: Siluriformes
G. Cuvier, 1817
Families[2]
– Extant families –
Ailiidae[1]
Akysidae
Amblycipitidae
Amphiliidae
Anchariidae
Ariidae
Aspredinidae
Astroblepidae
Auchenipteridae
Austroglanididae
Bagridae
Callichthyidae
Cetopsidae
Chacidae
Clariidae
Claroteidae
Cranoglanididae
Diplomystidae
Doradidae
Erethistidae
Heptapteridae
Heteropneustidae
Horabagridae [1]
Ictaluridae
Kryptoglanidae
Lacantuniidae
Loricariidae
Malapteruridae
Mochokidae
Nematogenyiidae
Pangasiidae
Pimelodidae
Plotosidae
Pseudopimelodidae
Schilbeidae
Scoloplacidae
Siluridae
Sisoridae
Trichomycteridaeincertae sedis
Conorhynchos– Extinct family –
Andinichthyidae 

Catfish (or catfishesorder Siluriformes or Nematognathi) are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat‘s whiskers, catfish range in size and behavior from the three largest species, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia, the wels catfish of Eurasia and the piraíbaof South America, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiruVandellia cirrhosa. There are armour-plated types and there are also naked types, neither having scales. Despite their name, not all catfish have prominent barbel. Members of the Siluriformes order are defined by features of the skull and swimbladder. Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food. Many of the smaller species, particularly the genus Corydoras, are important in the aquarium hobby. Many catfish are nocturnal,[3][4] but others (many Auchenipteridae) are crepuscular or diurnal (most Loricariidae or Callichthyidae for example).

armoredcatfish

Yes, there are Armored Catfish (aka Hasa or Cascadoo) in Blue Cypress Lake!

This non-Florida-native species of catfish is a delicacy in elements of southern US and Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Come get some!

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What to bring

When you come to Blue Cypress, you’ll want to come prepared, as it’s pretty far to any civilization beyond the closest gas stations and convenience stores, six miles from Blue Cypress Village (plus four miles of graded road) at Yeehaw Junction.

Most of your kitchen needs will be furnished: coffee maker, toaster, stove, microwave, refrigerator, etc.

Bring with you:

  • Your clothes
  • Your food (just in case you do more fishing than catching)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Coffee and Coffee filters for standard drip coffee makers.
  • Bug spray (to repel mosquitos, no-see-ums, biting flies that can be bad from time-to-time, but not always).
  • Sun block, hat, sun shirt, long pants, socks and shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Fishing gear (Gear rentals are available nearby)
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid for grills. There are grills on the property. Bring your own if you like.
  • Flashlight
  • Weather radio (in case your phone doesn’t work)
Map to Middleton's Fish Camp and Middleton's Blue Cypress Rentals

Directions to Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals

Here’s how to get to Middleton’s Fish Camp, Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals and Blue Cypress Lake:

Map to Middleton's Fish Camp and Middleton's Blue Cypress Rentals

Map to Middleton’s Fish Camp and Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals from Vero Beach. Click to enlarge.

FROM VERO BEACH:
Drive 30.2 miles, 39 min

Head west on FL-60 W/20th St toward 12th Ct
Continue to follow FL-60 W, 25.6 mi
Turn right onto Blue Cypress Rd, 4.3 mi
Turn right toward 73rd Manor, 0.1 mi
Continue onto 73rd Manor
*Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals will be on the left; see Jeanne at the white house next to the water.These directions came from Google Maps. The road to the Bait & Tackle Shop now leads to the left and circles the building, Middleton’s Fish Camp will be on your right.

 

map Yeehaw to MBCR

Map of Yeehaw Jct. to Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals.

FROM YEEHAW JUNCTION:
Drive 11.3 miles, 18 min (It’s only 6 miles from the Florida Turnpike to Middleton’s Fish Camp and Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals).

Head southeast on FL-15 S/US-441 S toward FL-60 E, 105 ft

Slight left onto FL-60 E, 6.7 mi

Turn left onto Blue Cypress Rd, 4.3 mi
Turn right toward 73rd Manor, 0.1 mi
Continue onto 73rd Manor
*Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals will be on the left; see Jeanne at the white house next to the water.

These directions came from Google Maps. The road to the Bait & Tackle Shop now leads to the left and circles the building, Middleton’s Fish Camp will be on your right.