Few things are as relaxing as freshwater fishing. And few places can top the freshwater fishing experience available in Florida. However, finding the best freshwater fishing in Florida can be a challenge because there are so many great freshwater fishing spots. So check your boat insurance, Fort Lauderdale residents, get your boats ready, citizens of Tampa Bay, check your fish and game charts, visitors to the Sunshine State, and let’s go fishing!
Does the chance to catch some of the biggest largemouth bass in the U.S. interest you? Then you’ve got to check out Lake Okeechobee. There you will enjoy the adventure of fishing in over 750 square acres loaded with giant fish, aggressive alligators and some of the most spectacular scenery in the U.S.
Booking an airboat is reputed to be the best way to get to the premier fishing on Cypress Lake. Near the headwaters of the Everglades, you can watch alligators, Osprey and eagles in their natural habitat while angling for largemouth bass, bluegill and shellcracker.
St. John’s River offers over 300 miles of some the country’s best loved fishing grounds. One of the rare rivers which flow south to north, the St. John’s River is Florida’s longest river. A portion of this river is a vital spawning ground for American Shad. This makes for some rewarding fishing from December through March when the fish are all but begging to be caught.
South of Orlando, Lake Placid is one of the most pristine freshwater lakes in Florida. Like Cypress Lake, fishermen can can expect to haul in sizeable largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker and crappie. Because Lake Placid has relatively deep water, it offers especially good fishing in the summer.
Want to fish “the most beautiful mile of water in the world”? Then you must be headed to picturesque Lake Dora. Not only is it (obviously) considered one of the most scenic areas, but it is also reputed to hold bigger fish than the rest of the Harris Chain of lakes. In tournaments, it’s not uncommon for winning weight bass to top the scales at over 25 pounds for the 5 fish bag.
While no one can give you “fishing insurance” and guarantee you an amazing experience, Florida is called the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World” because of areas like these. So fish from a pier, wade in the grass, or toss a line off your boat – you’ve got to try freshwater fishing in Florida!