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, including Kwie Kwie.

You must have a Florida Freshwater Fishing License to fish Blue Cypress Lake legally.

A Florida Freshwater Fishing license is required to take or attempt to take native or nonnative freshwater fish.

  • Resident Annual: $17.00
  • Resident Five-Year: $79.00
  • Non-Resident Annual: $47.00
  • Non-Resident 3-Day: $17.00
  • Non-Resident 7-Day: $30.00

To purchase a Florida Fishing License online, click here.

To learn where to purchase in person from licensing agent, click here.

To learn where to purchase in person from a tax collector’s office, click here.

To purchase by phone, call toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356).

For more information about freshwater fishing in Florida, USA, click here.


Also known as Hassa or Armored Catfish, this fish is not native to Blue Cypress Lake, but is a valuable resource extensively fished in the deltas of the Amazon and Orinoco.[1] In Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and Trinidad, this species is an extremely popular food fish.[1]

We hear from our visitors that July and August are the best time to fish for Kwie Kwie.

They can be caught with a hook and line, or a Kwie Kwie nest can be teased with a pole, causing the Kwie to charge into a fisherman’s scoop net.

It’s one ugly fish, but to many, it is an expensive delicasy. And it’s yours for the taking at Blue Cypress Lake.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Largemouth bass

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Largemouth bass
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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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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Redear sunfish

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Redear sunfish
Temporal range: Middle Miocene to Recent
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


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous – present 100–0 Ma
Black bullhead
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Ostariophysi
Order: Siluriformes
G. Cuvier, 1817
– Extant families –
Horabagridae [1]
Trichomycteridaeincertae sedis
Conorhynchos– Extinct family –

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).


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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There’s just nothing like fishing at Blue Cypress Lake!

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
  • 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)
  • Walkie-talkies might help families keep in touch in the village

the fish camp keeps irregular hours. please bring your gasoline, bait and tackle with you, too. There are no stores nearby.

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 Blue Cypress Rentals and Blue Cypress Lake:

Use 21704 73rd Manor, Vero Beach 32966 as your GoTo.

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.

Please be advised that the fish camp does not keep regular hours.

Bring all your food, drinks, ice, bait, gas and tackle with you because stores are far away.

Drive 30.2 miles, 39 min

Head west on FL-60 W/20th St
Continue to follow FL-60 W, 25.6 mi
Turn right onto Blue Cypress Rd, 4.3 mi

Don’t miss this sign! This is where you turn! Image is view of sign from east to west.

Look for that cell tower! At night it has a flashing light.

Turn right at this sign below, toward 73rd Manor, 0.1 mi
(To reach the boat ramp, go straight; do not turn right).

Turn right at this sign.

73rd Manor is the last road to the right at the edge of the canal.
Continue onto 73rd Manor. Drive slowly. Turn down your stereo.
You will pass our cabins on the water on your left …
drive past the cabins.

Cabins will be on your left as you drive slowly down 73rd Manor. Keep going. Jeanne’s house is the green one at the end of the lane, off to the left, with water and seawalls on 2 sides.

*Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals (Jeanne’s house — green like the cabins) will be at the end of the lane, off to the left. See Jeanne.

Your Hostess

This is your hostess, Jeanne Middleton

map Yeehaw to MBCR

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

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

Coming from Yeehaw Junction, turn left at this sign. Watch for that cell tower. It has lights at night. This is a view of the sign from the east.


Turn right toward 73rd Manor, 0.1 mi

Turn right here!

Turn right at this sign. Follow road around to 73rd Manor. That is the last right turn before the canal.

Continue onto 73rd Manor. Please drive slowly. Turn down your stereo.

*Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals (Jeanne’s house — green like the cabins) will be at the end of the lane toward the left.


Ospreys at Blue Cypress Lake

About Blue Cypress Lake

Middleton's Blue Cypress Rentals

Jeanne Middleton is your hostess at Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals

Blue Cypress Lake is one of the most beautiful natural freshwater lakes in Florida, lined with cypress trees and surrounded by small bayous with lily pads, sawgrass and submerged logs and cypress knee near the shores.

The water often appears dark from the tannins in the water that come from sunken and fallen trees.

According to the National Forestry Service website, “Tannins are complex chemical substances derived from phenolic acids (sometimes called tannic acid). They are classified as phenolic compounds, which are found in many species of plants, from all climates and all parts of the globe. They are large molecules that bind readily with proteins, cellulose, starches, and minerals. These resulting substances are insoluble and resistant to decomposition. Tannins occur in many species of coniferous trees as well as a number of flowering plant families. These tannins can leach out of the plants. The water in the soil becomes rich with tannins and seeps into the ground water or drains into lakes and streams. These waters become brown in color and look like tea.”

Early settlers thought the cypress trees looked blue at times, and that is where the lake got its name.

Average depth: 8 feet

Size of Lake: Approximately 6,555 acres and is the headwaters to the St. Johns River

Fish: Mostly Large Mouth Bass, Speckled Perch (Crappie), Bluegills, Shellcrackers and several varieties of Catfish.  Fish attractors have been placed around Blue Cypress Lake in the more open areas of the lake.

Birds: You can spot Bald Eagles, Egret, Great Blue Heron, Hawks, Ospreys, Owls, Storks and more at Blue Cypress Lake.

BEWARE: There are alligators in Blue Cypress Lake! Swimming is not allowed.

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

Map to Middleton’s Fish Camp and Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals.

Location: Blue Cypress Lake, Middleton’s Fish Camp, and Middleton’s Blue Cypress Rentals are located 22 miles west of Vero Beach, Florida, at the end of a rustic 5-mile graded road off SR 60. Blue Cypress Road (don’t blink or you’ll miss it!) winds through fields, wetlands, pastures and farmlands. On your drive, please be polite, drive slowly and carefully, and wave at passersby, as that is the custom in this area.

Blue Cypress Conservation Area Information, here.

The Blue Cypress Lake area is remote. Not Guilligan’s Island remote, but still, there are no real grocery stores nearby, so you should bring everything you can’t get at a convenience store with you. The nearest grocery is 15-20 miles away, and you can only eat so much Spam.

“Primitive camping” (i.e.; no hookups) is available for tent campers and RVs, however space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Register at Middleton’s Fish Camp.

Wifi: None

Cell Coverage: There are few towers in the area, however, some cells do work at Blue Cypress. If you have trouble with your cell, you may be able to pick up a signal if you go outside. Some people have no trouble, and you can spot the others standing on one leg with one arm in the air. Please see the tower map below.

Cell Coverage at Blue Cypress Lake

Chart of Blue Cypress

Chart of Blue Cypress Lake

We are no longer affiliated with Middleton’s Fish Camp, which was sold to Roy Bass in October 2017.

Please bring everything you need to eat, drink, and fish with (including gasoline), with you when you come. There are no stores nearby, and the fish camp does not keep regular hours or supplies.