Florida’s Best Spots for River Fishing

Whether you are freshwater or saltwater fishing, Florida is one of the world’s top fishing destinations. Florida offers some of the largest rivers and lakes in our country, and a whole pile of trophy fish just waiting to be caught.

Here are just a few of Florida’s best spots for river fishing:

Indian River Lagoon is actually three lagoons stretching 156 miles along the Atlantic Coast of Florida. It is the nation’s biggest and most diverse waterway, with over 600 species of fish. St. John’s River, stretching nearly the length of Florida, offers over 300 miles of diverse fishing, so whatever type of fishing you like, you can find it along these banks. Little Econ River is arguably the best fly fishing spot in the Orlando area. Park near Highway 50 and catch bass all day with little or no interruption.

The Panhandle offers some great river fishing options too. Yellow River, flowing through Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties is a great place to fish for a newly discovered species of bass called the Choctaw bass (similar to spotted bass). Chipola River in Calhoun County is where Steward Mayeaux caught the state record 4 pound, 14 ounce state record fish in September of 2015. There is prime shoal bass fishing here between Spring Creek to Johnny Boy Landing. Wakulla River is perfect for Suwannee bass fishing. They prefer shallower water than the largemouth and plastic crawfish baits work great.

I know we are talking rivers here, but don’t forget that Florida offers some of the best lake fishing imaginable. Lake Okeechobee, one of the largest, is nicknamed “famous big bass lake” and well known for quality bass in abundance. Lake Toho, in Central Florida, has some of the best trophy and largemouth bass in the state!

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