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Numbers 1-6: Northwest Region

Fishing Information for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties:

Includes Escambia Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

Escambia

  • Big Lagoon State Park
  • Fort Pickens fishing pier & beaches
  • Johnson’s Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Old 3 mile bridge fishing pier
  • Oriskany Artificial Reef (22.5 nautical miles southeast of Pensacola Pass)
  • Palafox Pier
  • Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

 

Santa Rosa

  • Archie Glover boat ramp
  • Bal Alex boat ramp
  • Dickerson City boat ramp
  • Escribano Point WMA
  • Floridatown Park
  • Garcon Point boat ramp
  • Naval Live Oaks beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Navarre Beach Fishing Pier
  • Navarre beach marine park
  • Navarre causeway (except during shorebird nesting season)
  • Opal Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Oriole beach boat ramp
  • Shoreline boat ramp
  • Simpson River fishing pier
  • Woodlawn beach boat ramp

Interactive Boating and Angling Guide for this Area

Habitats: Oyster bars, mudflats, seagrasses, bridges, wetlands in the north eastern portion of Santa Rosa

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Cobia: Spring
  • Flounder: Spring, fall
  • Ladyfish: Summer
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer, fall
  • Sheepshead: Late winter, spring
  • Spanish/king mackerel: Late spring, early fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring, early winter
  • Tarpon: Summer

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Year-round
  • Blackfin tuna: late summer, early winter
  • Dolphinfish: Summer
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Groupers**: Fall, spring
  • Spanish/king mackerel: Late spring, early fall, peak May-Oct.
  • Marlin: Summer, fall
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer, fall
  • Tuna: August-September
  • Vermilion snapper: Year-round
  • Wahoo: Summer, fall

 

Fishing Information for Okaloosa and Walton counties:

map of fishing locations in Choctawatchee Bay

Includes Choctawhatchee Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

Okaloosa

  • Destin Bridge
  • Destin East and West Jetty
  • Joe’s Bayou
  • Liza Jackson Park
  • Marler Park
  • Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
  • Rocky Bayou State Park
  • Shalimar Bridge
  • Valparaiso Fishing Pier
  • White Point on Eglin WMA

Walton

  • Thomas Pilcher Park

Choctawhatchee Bay Boating and Angling guide 

Habitats: Wetlands, oyster bars, seasgrasses

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Spring-summer
  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Flounder: May, fall
  • Ladyfish: Summer
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer-fall
  • Sheepshead: Late winter-early spring
  • Spanish/king mackerel: Late spring-early fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring, early winter
  • Tarpon: Summer

Offshore:

  • Blackfin tuna: Late summer–early winter
  • Dolphinfish: Summer
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Greater amberjack**: Year-round
  • Grouper**: Fall–spring
  • King mackerel: late spring-early fall
  • Marlin: Summer-fall
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer-fall
  • Tuna: Late summer
  • Vermilion snapper: Year-round
  • Wahoo: Summer-fall

 

Fishing Information for Bay County:

Map of fishing locations in Bay County

Includes St. Andrews Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • M.B. Miller County Pier
  • Russel-Fields Pier
  • Powell Lake
  • St. Andrews State Park

Interactive Boating and Angling Map for this area

Habitats: Salt and freshwater marshes, oyster bars, seasgrasses, mudflats

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Flounder: May, fall
  • Ladyfish: Summer
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer-fall
  • Sheepshead: Late winter-early spring
  • Spanish/king mackerel: Late spring-early fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring-early winter
  • Tarpon: Summer

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Year-round
  • Blackfin tuna: Late summer-early winter
  • Dolphinfish: Summer
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Grouper**: Fall–spring
  • King mackerel: Late spring – early fall
  • Marlin: Late summer
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Sailfish: Summer-fall
  • Tuna: Late summer
  • Vermilion snapper: Year-round

 

Fishing Information for Gulf County:

Map of fishing locations in St. Joseph Bay

Includes St. Joseph Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Frank Pate Park
  • St. Joseph Bay
  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph's Bay Boating and Angling Guide 

Habitats: Seagrasses, salt and freshwater marshes

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Black drum: Spring-summer
  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Late winter-early spring
  • Spanish mackerel: Late spring-early fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Summer-fall

Offshore:

  • Blackfin tuna: Late summer-early winter
  • Dolphinfish: Late spring-mid fall
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Greater amberjack**: Year-round
  • Groupers**: Fall-spring
  • Spanish/king mackerel: Late spring-early fall
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Vermilion snapper: Year-round

 

Fishing Information for Franklin County:

map of fishing locations in Apalachicola Bay

Includes Apalachicola Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Alligator Harbor
  • Alligator Point
  • Apalachicola River
  • Battery Park
  • Carrabelle Beach
  • Carrabelle River
  • Eastpoint fishing pier
  • Lombardi’s boat ramp and fishing pier Apalachicola
  • Ochlockonee River
  • St. George Island Bridge
  • St. George Island Pier
  • St George Island State Park
  • St. Vincent Island 

Apalachicola Bay Boating and Angling guide for this area

Habitats: River basin, estuary, wetlands, barrier islands, oyster bars, sandflats, seagrasses, beaches

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed seasons):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Black drum: Spring-summer
  • Flounder: Year-round
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Winter
  • Spanish mackerel: Late spring-summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Summer-fall
  • Tripletail: Summer-fall

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Year-round
  • Dolphinfish: June
  • Grouper**: Year-round
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Porgy: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round 

 

Fishing Information for Wakulla and Jefferson counties:

Includes Apalachee Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

Wakulla

  • Alligator Point/Bald Point State Park
  • Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail
  • Bottoms road boat ramp
  • Levy Bay boat ramp
  • Mashes Sands beach
  • Shell point Beach and boat ramp
  • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wakulla Beach

Apalachee Bay Boating and Angling Guide

Habitats: Seagrasses, salt and freshwater marshes, mudflats, oyster bars

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Pompano: Spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Winter
  • Spotted seatrout**: Not summer
  • Tripletail: Late summer, fall

Offshore:

  • Dolphinfish: June
  • Gray triggerfish**: Year-round
  • Groupers**: Year-round
  • Red snapper**: Year-round
  • Tuna: Late summer

 

Numbers 7-9: Central West Region

Fishing Information for Taylor and Dixie counties:

Map of fishing locations in Nature Coast

Popular Fishing Locations:

Taylor

  • Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail
  • Econfina River State Park

Dixie

  • Butler-Douglas Memorial Park in Horseshoe Beach

Nature Coast Boating and Angling Guide

Habitats: Seagrasses, salt and freshwater marshes

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Bluefish: Fall-winter, early summer
  • Cobia: Spring-early summer
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-spring
  • Spanish mackerel: Late winter-early spring, October
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring-summer, January

Offshore:

  • Groupers**: Summer

Fishing Information for Levy and Citrus counties:

Map of fishing locations in Citrus County

Popular Fishing Locations:

Levy

  • Shell Mound Park

Citrus

  • Fort Island Gulf Beach
  • Ozello Community Park

Citrus County Boating and Angling Guide

Habitats: Hardbottom, seagrasses, salt marshes, mangroves

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal

  • Bay scallops**: When open to harvest
  • Bluefish: Fall-winter, early summer
  • Cobia: Spring-early summer
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-spring
  • Snook: Early summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring-summer, January

Offshore:

  • Groupers**: Summer

Fishing Information for Hernando and Pasco counties:

Map of fishing locations in Hernando and Pasco counties

Popular Fishing Locations:

Hernando

  • Bayport Park
  • Weeki Wachee Spring

Pasco

  • Anclote Keys
  • R.J. Strickland Memorial Park

Boating and Angling Guide for this area 

Habitats: Seagrasses, mangroves, oyster bars, marshes and mudflats

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bay scallops**: Pasco County when open to harvest
  • Bluefish: Fall-winter, early summer
  • Cobia: Spring-summer
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-spring
  • Spanish mackerel: Late winter-spring
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring-summer, January

Offshore:

  • Groupers**: Summer

Numbers 10-12: Southwest Region

Fishing Information for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties:

Map of fishing locations in Tampa Bay

Includes Tampa Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

Pinellas

  • Anclote Keys
  • Bay Vista Recreation Center
  • Belleair Causeway
  • Boca Ciega Bay
  • Coffee Pot Park
  • Egan Park
  • Ft. De Soto
  • John's Pass
  • Sand Key Park
  • Skyway Fishing Pier State Park - North
  • Weedon Island

Hillsborough

  • Cockroach Bay
  • EG Simmons Regional Park
  • Picnic Island Park

Interactive Tampa Bay Boating and Angling Guide 

Habitats: Oyster bars, salt marshes, mudflats, mangroves, seagrass flats

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal

  • Black drum: Fall-spring
  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Gray (mangrove) snapper: Year-round but best bite in late spring-early fall
  • Gulf flounder: Fall-spring
  • Ladyfish: Fall-early winter
  • Pompano: Winter-spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-spring
  • Snook**: Spring-late summer
  • Spanish mackerel: Winter-summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Spring-summer

Offshore:

  • Groupers**: Winter, late summer-early fall
  • Hogfish**: Winter-spring
  • King mackerel: Fall-winter
  • Snappers**: Summer

Fishing information for Manatee and Sarasota counties:

Map of fishing locations in Manatee and Sarasota counties

Popular Fishing Locations:

Manatee

  • Anna Maria Island
  • Bishop Harbor
  • Bradenton Beach City Pier
  • Green Bridge Fishing Pier (Manatee River)
  • Longboat Pass
  • Skyway Fishing Pier State Park - South
  • Terra Ceia Bay

Sarasota

  • Caspersen Beach Park
  • Indian Mound Park and Boat Ramp
  • Ken Thompson Park
  • Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
  • Turtle Beach
  • Venice Fishing Pier
  • Venice Inlet

Boating and Angling guide for Sarasota County

Habitats: Oyster bars, salt marshes, mudflats, mangroves, seagrasses

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Cobia: Spring-early fall
  • Gulf flounder: Fall-spring
  • Ladyfish: Fall-early winter
  • Mullet: Fall-early winter
  • Pompano: Fall-spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-early spring
  • Snook**: Spring-summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Spring-early summer

Offshore

  • Groupers**: Fall-spring
  • Hogfish**: Winter-spring
  • King mackerel: Fall-early winter
  • Snappers**: Summer

 

Fishing Information for Charlotte and Lee counties:

Map of fishing locations of Charlotte harbor

Includes Charlotte Harbor

Popular Fishing Locations:

Charlotte

  • Anger (also known as Ainger) Fishing Pier Park
  • Bayshore Live Oak Park
  • Boca Grande Fishing Pier
  • El Jobean Fishing Pier
  • Laishley Park
  • Placida Fishing Pier
  • Ponce De Leon Park (Punta Gorda)
  • Port Charlotte Beach Park
  • Spring Lake Park

Lee

  • Boca Grande Pass (tarpon fishing)
  • Cape Coral Yacht Club Park Fishing Pier
  • Horton Park and boat ramp
  • Lovers Key State Park
  • Matlacha Community Park
  • Matlacha Pass Bridge
  • Sanibel Pier

 Boating and Fishing locations for Charlotte County

Habitats: Oyster bars, salt marshes, mudflats, mangroves, seagrass flats

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Winter-spring
  • Cobia: Spring-fall
  • Gulf flounder: Fall-spring
  • Ladyfish: Fall-early winter
  • Mangrove snapper: Summer
  • Pompano: Fall-spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Winter
  • Snook**: Year-round
  • Spanish mackerel: Winter-early summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Spring-mid-summer

Offshore:

  • Groupers**: Winter and late summer-early fall
  • King mackerel: Fall-winter
  • Snappers**: Summer

 

Numbers 13-17: South Region

Fishing Information for Collier County:

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Caxambas Park
  • Cocohatchee River Park Marina,
  • Collier-Seminole State Park
  • Naples Beach Pier
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Boating and Angling guide for Collier County 

Habitat: Oyster bars, mudflats, mangroves, seagrass flats

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Red drum: Summer-fall
  • Sheepshead: Fall-spring
  • Snook**: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Spring-early summer

Offshore:

  • Permit**: Spring-fall

 

Fishing Information for Monroe County:

Includes Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Bahia Honda State Park (Lower Keys)
  • Everglades National Park
  • John Pennekamp State Park
  • Duck Key (Middle Keys)
  • Long Key State Park (Middle Keys)
  • Western Dry Rocks (Lower Keys)

Interactive Boating and Angling Guide of the Florida Keys

Habitats: Coral reef, hardbottom, seagrasses, mangroves

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bonefish: Fall
  • Cobia: Fall-spring
  • Hogfish**: Summer-fall
  • Mangrove snapper: Summer
  • Mutton snapper: Spring-early summer
  • Pompano: Winter-early spring
  • Spiny lobster**: Summer – spring
  • Spotted seatrout: Winter – spring
  • Tarpon: Spring-early summer

Offshore:

  • Blackfin tuna: Fall-spring
  • Dolphinfish: Spring-summer
  • Groupers**: Fall-spring
  • Permit**: Spring-early summer
  • Sailfish: Fall-spring
  • Sharks: Year–round
  • Yellowtail snapper: Spring-early summer

 

Map of fishing locations for Miami-Dade and Broward counties:

Includes Biscayne Bay

Popular Fishing Locations:

Broward

  • Deerfield Pier
  • Hillsboro Inlet Park

Miami-Dade

  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
  • Homestead Bayfront Park 
  • Oleta River State Park
  • Pacific Reef Channel 

Biscayne Bay Boating and Angling Guide 

Habitats: Coral reef, hardbottom, seagrasses, mangroves

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Bonefish: Early summer
  • Catfish: Year-round
  • Mangrove snapper: Year-round
  • Red drum: Summer-fall
  • Sheepshead: Year-round
  • Snook**: Mid to late summer

Offshore:

  • Dolphinfish: Early summer
  • King mackerel: Winter-summer
  • Permit**: Spring-fall
  • Sailfish: Late summer-fall
  • Snappers**: Late winter-fall

 

Fishing Information for Palm Beach County:

Map of fishing locations in Lake Worth/ Palm Beach

Includes Lake Worth

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Bingham Island
  • Boynton Canal
  • Boynton Inlet Pier
  • Bryant Park
  • Juno Beach Pier
  • Jupiter Inlet
  • Peanut Island Park
  • Phil Foster Park
  • Palm Beach Jetty
  • William O. Lockhard Municipal Pier

Boating and Angling guide to Lake Worth Lagoon 

Habitats: Seagrasses, mudflats, oyster bars, mangroves, coral reefs, hardbottom

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Winter-early spring
  • Catfish: Year-round
  • Crevalle jack: Spring-summer
  • Mangrove snapper: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Year-round
  • Snook**: Spring-mid summer
  • Tarpon: Spring-summer

Offshore:

  • Bonefish: Spring-mid summer
  • Dolphinfish: Early summer
  • Kingfish: Fall-spring
  • Permit**: Spring-fall
  • Sailfish: Late summer-fall

 

 

Fishing Information for Martin County

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Indian Riverside Park
  • Jensen Beach Causeway
  • Peck's Lake
  • Sandsprit Park

Boating and Angling Guide for Martin County

Habitats: Seagrasses, mangroves, marshes and mud flats, hardbottom, some coral reefs

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Jack crevalle: Spring-summer
  • King mackerel: Winter-spring
  • Pompano: Winter-spring
  • Red drum: Year-round
  • Snook**: Summer
  • Spotted seatrout**: Fall
  • Tarpon: Summer
  • Wahoo: Late winter

Offshore:

  • Bluefish: Winter
  • Cobia: Spring
  • Groupers**: Year-round
  • Dolphinfish: Early to mid summer
  • King mackerel: Winter
  • Pompano: Mid summer
  • Sailfish: Winter
  • Snappers**: Year-round

 

Numbers 18-21 Central East Region

Fishing information for St. Lucie and Indian River counties:

Fishing Locations in Indian River Lagoon

Includes Indian River Lagoon

Popular Fishing Locations:

Indian River:

  • Pier under Merrill P. Barber Bridge
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park
  • Wabasso Causeway

St. Lucie: 

  • Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
  • Melody Lane Fishing Pier
  • South A1A

Habitats: Seagrasses, mangroves, marshes and mud flats, hardbottom

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Winter-spring
  • Red drum: Year-round except late summer
  • Snook**: Summer and fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring-summer

Offshore: 

  • Groupers**: Winter-summer
  • Pompano: Winter-spring
  • Snappers**: Winter-summer

 

Fishing Information for Brevard County:

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Banana River
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Constitution Bicentennial Park
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Jetty Park
  • Parrish Park
  • Pine Island Conservation Area
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park
  • South Mosquito Lagoon

Boating and Angling guide for Brevard County 

Habitat: Saltmarsh, mudflats, oyster bars, mangroves, seagrass meadows

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Winter-spring 
  • Blue runner: Winter-spring
  • Cobia: Winter-summer
  • Flounder: Winter-spring
  • Mangrove snapper: Winter-spring and fall
  • Pompano: Winter-spring
  • Red drum: Winter-spring and late fall
  • Sheepshead: Year-round
  • Snook**: Winter-early spring and late fall
  • Spotted seatrout**: Winter-early summer
  • Tarpon: Winter-early spring and fall
  • Tripletail: Winter-summer
  • Whiting: Winter-spring

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Winter-spring
  • Blackfin tuna: Winter-spring and fall
  • Cobia: Winter-summer
  • Dolphinfish: Winter-spring and summer
  • Gray triggerfish**: Winter-summer
  • Groupers*: Year-round, for some species highest catch winter-spring
  • Grunt: Year-round
  • King mackerel: Spring and late fall-early winter
  • Marlin: Spring-fall
  • Snappers**: Year-round
  • Spanish mackerel: Spring and fall-early winter
  • Wahoo: Winter and late spring-early summer
  • Yellowfin tuna: Winter-spring and fall

 

Fishing Information for Volusia County:

Fishing locations for Volusia County

Popular Fishing Locations:

  • Daytona Beach Pier
  • Highbridge Park
  • Light House Point Park
  • Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park
  • Mosquito Lagoon
  • Ponce Inlet Jetty
  • Port Orange Causeway Park
  • Sunrise Park
  • Tomoka State Park

Boating and Angling Guide for Volusia County 

Habitats: Marshes, mudflats, oyster bars, mangroves

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Winter-early summer
  • Cobia: Winter-summer
  • Flounder: Winter-spring
  • Mangrove snapper: Year-round
  • Pompano: Late winter and fall
  • Red drum: Late spring-early summer and fall
  • Sheepshead: Year-round
  • Spotted seatrout**: Winter-early summer
  • Tarpon: Early spring and fall-early winter
  • Tripletail: Winter-summer
  • Whiting: Winter-spring

Offshore:

  • Amberjack**: Summer-fall
  • Blackfin tuna: Winter-spring and fall
  • Cobia: Winter-spring
  • Dolphinfish: Summer and fall
  • Groupers**: Spring and fall
  • King mackerel: Summer-fall
  • Marlin: Summer
  • Sailfish: Summer-early fall
  • Snappers**: Winter-spring and fall
  • Wahoo: Late winter-early spring

 

 

Fishing Information for St. Johns and Flagler counties:

Fishing Locations for St. Johns and Flagler Counties

Popular Fishing Locations:

St. Johns:

  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Marineland
  • Matanzas Inlet
  • Moses Creek Conservation Area
  • Rattlesnake island
  • Vilano Beach

Flagler:

  • Flagler Beach Fishing Pier
  • Herschel King Park
  • Waterfront Park

Boating Guide to St.Johns and Flagler Counties 

Habitat: Rock shorelines, oyster bars, mud flats, sand bars, marshes, hardbottom

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Fall-spring
  • Bluefish: Winter
  • Crevalle jack: Spring-fall
  • Croaker: Fall
  • Flounder: Fall and spring
  • Ladyfish: Late summer
  • Pompano: Spring-fall
  • Red drum: Fall-winter
  • Sharks: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-winter
  • Spanish mackerel: Fall-spring
  • Spotted seatrout**: Fall-winter
  • Tarpon: Summer
  • Whiting: Year-round

Offshore:

  • Cobia: Winter-spring
  • Dolphinfish: Late spring-early summer
  • Flounder: Winter
  • Groupers**: Fall-winter
  • Sheepshead: Winter-spring
  • Snappers**: Year-round
  • Tripletail: Late spring-fall
  • Wahoo: Winter

 

Number 22: Northeast Region

Fishing Information for Nassau and Duval counties:

Popular Fishing Locations:

Nassau

  • Amelia Island
  • Fort Clinch State Park
  • George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park 
  • Goffinsville Park
  • Nassau Sound
  • Saint Mary’s Jetty

Duval

  • Bert Maxwell boat ramp and fishing pier
  • Blue Cypress Park
  • Fort George Island
  • Halfmoon Island Park
  • Jacksonville Beach Pier
  • Jim King Fishing Pier
  • Little Talbot Island
  • Lonnie Wurn Park
  • Reddie Point Preserve
  • Riverfront Park
  • Stockton Park

Interactive Boating and Angling Guide for this Area 

Habitat: Rock shorelines, oyster bars, mud flats, sand bars, marshes, hardbottom

Commonly-caught species and best times to catch them (**check regulations for open/closed season):

Inshore/Coastal:

  • Black drum: Fall-spring
  • Bluefish: Winter
  • Crevalle jack: Spring-fall
  • Croaker: Late summer-fall
  • Flounder: Fall and spring
  • Ladyfish: Summer
  • Pompano: Spring-fall
  • Red drum: Fall-late winter
  • Sharks: Year-round
  • Sheepshead: Fall-winter
  • Spanish mackerel: Fall-spring
  • Spotted seatrout**: Spring and fall-winter
  • Tarpon: Summer
  • Weakfish: Winter-spring
  • Whiting: Year-round

Offshore:

  • Cobia: Winter-spring
  • Dolphinfish: Late spring-early summer
  • Flounder: Winter
  • Groupers**: Fall-winter
  • King mackerel: Late spring-early fall 
  • Sailfish: Early summer
  • Snappers**: Year-round
  • Tripletail: Late spring-fall