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Types of Fishing in the Florida Everglades

Written by Capt. Noah on Friday, 07 June 2013. Posted in Fishing Advice

There are over three hundred species of freshwater and saltwater fish in the Florida Everglades. Anglers come from all over the world to experience the thrill of catching them in such abundance. Excellent fishing opportunities exist because over a third of the Everglades are covered by water; and there are many unique ecosystems that thrive in thousands of acres of shallow flats, marshes, channels and mangroves in the rivers, dams and coastal inlets. There are myriads of world-renowned game fish swimming in these waters and sports anglers take full of advantage of this.

Snapper, sea trout, grouper, bass, bluegill, redfish, tarpon, snook, redear, great barracuda, catfish, sharks and many other prized fish inhabit the waterways of the Everglades. There are so many fish to catch and a variety of ways that you can catch them. You can fish from a skiff propelled quietly by poles so as not to scare fish away. You can use a light-motor boat for the same reason. You can use live bait, lures, flies, bows and arrows, spears or any other methods to catch fish. You can fish from the shore but access is limited in many places and we strongly recommend hiring a boat and guide.

The Everglades include Florida Bay and Ten Thousand Islands; and these places are all sought-after locations for big game fish. Flamingo Bay, Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades National Park are the most famous of the many phenomenal fishing spots. The most popular fish to catch are the following:

  • Tarpon
  • Snapper
  • Jacks
  • Grouper
  • Permit
  • Bonefish
  • Sharks
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Peacock Bass
  • Alligator Gar
  • Spotted Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Lady Fish
  • Triple Tail
  • Trout
  • Crappie
  • Striped Mullet
  • Great Barracuda
  • Florida Gar

There are many other types of fish to catch in the Florida Everglades besides the most popular. Here are some of the most populous fish species inhabiting in these waters:

  • Brown Bullhead
  • Bowfin
  • Tadpole Madtom
  • Diamond Killifish
  • Rainwater Killifish
  • Gulf Killifish
  • Bluefin Killifish
  • Least Killifish
  • Coastal Shiner
  • Taillight Shiner
  • Golden Shiner
  • Lake Chubsucker
  • Golden Topminnow
  • Sheepshead Minnow
  • Mosquito Fish
  • Flagfish
  • Brook Silverside
  • Sailfin Molly
  • Spotted Sunfish
  • Bluespotted Sunfish
  • Everglades Pygmy Sunfish
  • Swamp Darter
  • Gray Snapper
  • Crevalle Jack
  • Sheepshead

The Everglades consists of almost every geological formation for fish to thrive in. Gator holes, hidden coves, rocks, deep waters, swamps, shallow flats and mud holes are common. Fish seek protection in such places and congregate there in large numbers. There are miles of slow-flowing waters where fish prefer to hide; only darting into fast-flowing water to catch prey as it passes by. For any level of angler, fishing is a spectacular adventure in the Florida Everglades.

Call today to book your Everglades Fishing Charter and experience the best fishing in the world.

About the Author

Capt. Noah

Capt. Noah

Noah is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and PADI divemaster. He grew up in South Florida and has a passion for all things involving water. He is one of the rare bread of boaters who loves sailing and power boating. Noah sails competitvely and enjoys travelling, photography, and cooking. 


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