The Lower Keys Guides Association is a non-profit organization of professional fishing guides dedicated to working for a sustainable resource through wise management practices, while recognizing the importance of sport fishing to the economy and cultural heritage of the Florida Keys. LKGA Statement.pdf
Lower Keys Guide Association Events & News
Lower Keys Guides Association Invites you to accept the challenge!
October 19, 2016
LKGA Sugarloaf Showdown Inshore Fishing Tournament
Nov 10-12, 2016
Join LKGA for this fundraising C&R tournament.
This three-day event is open to all anglers and is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation, which provides financial aid to Florida Keys fishing guides in the event of illness or injury.
All registered guide team members receive one free pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses!
The winning teams will be presented with original artwork by Tim Borski, 2015 International Game Fish Association artist of the year, commissioned specifically for this tournament.
The Showdown kicks off on Thursday Nov. 12th and includes a silent auction and captains’ meeting with refreshments.
Fishing begins on Friday morning and wraps up on Saturday evening with an awards dinner at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar patio!
The Sugarloaf Showdown offers guides and anglers a chance to compete, collaborate as a team, win prizes and raise awareness of the need to protect our gamefish while raising funds for a worthy cause.
Registration is easy! Visit sugarloafshowdown.com for tournament details and registration.
See you there.
Join the Now or Neverglades Declaration today.
July 7, 2016
A coalition of extremely concerned and knowledgeable individuals and organizations who intend to fix the horrific results of mismanagement of Florida’s waters created the “Now or Neverglades Declaration” to petition our lawmakers and enforcement agencies to implement sound solutions to fix the problem once and for all.
The Lower Keys Guides Association is one of many organizations who have already joined this declaration; and there is also the opportunity to join as an individual.
Please show your support of the 200-plus Everglades scientists who believe that increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries; to restore the flow of clean, fresh water to Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys; to improve the health of Lake Okeechobee; and to protect the drinking water for 8 million Floridians living in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The link to the declaration site is http://gladesdeclaration.org/
Thank you in advance for going to the site, reading the information and joining those who care and understand.
We urge you to share this website link through your social media outlets to hopefully spread the word as far as possible.
2016 LKGA Sugarloaf Showdown
July 7, 2016
Join LKGA for the third annual fundraising C&R tournament to raise awareness for our Save the Barracuda campaign.
This three-day event at the Sugarloaf Marina & Lodge is open to all anglers and is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation, which provides funds to guides recovering from an illness or injury.
Visit sugarloafshowdown.com for more details.
November 1, 2015
Join LKGA for this fundraising C&R tournament to raise awareness for our Save the Barracuda campaign. This three-day event is open to all anglers and is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation, which provides funds to guides recovering from an illness or injury. Visit sugarloafshowdown.com for more details.
Florida Forage Fish
June 25, 2015
Small fish fuel Florida’s fisheries. Simply put, without small fish we have no big fish… This is a very important effort to get behind. See how the International Gamefish Association (IGFA) is working to keep Florida the sport fishing destination of the world.
Visit/pledge at: http://floridaforagefish.igfa.org
Dig Deep Cudjoe
July 1, 2014
Are you aware what FKAA plans to do with their proposed wastewater management? A number of residents and fishermen have learned that the FKAA plan for wastewater effluent at Cudjoe Regional could seriously harm our nearshore waters.
Save the Barracuda
December 30, 2013
Being sold commercially as an unregulated species. This great gamefish of the flats is in danger! All fisherman alike can do more to save this underrated predator, and important link in the food chain.
Way to go Key West!!
October 1, 2013
Way to go Key West!!! In an overwhelming 3 to 1 vote held Oct 1st 2013, any and all support for a potential “channel widening study” was rightfully put to rest. Citizens of Key West made their voices clear, saving a piece of small town charm from the ever growing cruise ship industry.
- See more Key West Harbor Dredging Info
FKNMS Zoning Process
December 11, 2012
At the Federal level, the Florida Keys are managed by two different agencies. Large portions of the Lower Keys were designated as Wildlife Refuges and controlled by the US Fish and Wildlife. The entire Florida Keys are included in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under the control of NOAA.
Both of these agencies are currently conducting a multi year Congressionally mandated regulatory review. When these reviews are completed, the management landscape of the Keys waters will look much different than today. We are taking an active role in this process.
PWC – LKGA Agreement
November 1, 2012
In an effort to resolve seasonal user conflict, the PWC Co-Op and LKGA held a series of meetings to discuss ways in which to better the working relationship between parties, further mutual understanding, promote a healthier fishery and increase safety of PWC tours. The objective was to create a good faith agreement whereby both parties would jointly outline specific routes for PWC tours and guidelines for conduct.
- See here for full PWC – LKGA Agreement