The Best Parks In Florida To Go Fishing

By: Joseph Simonds on June 27, 2019

best parks to fish in florida

No matter where you live in Florida, you’re never really more than an hour and a half from the water.

Unless it’s rush hour.

Then you’re an hour and a half from your local grocery store.

But still, Florida is the fishing capital of the world, and for good reason.

In the morning you can catch snook, trout, and redfish on the flats…

Then in the afternoon, you can head offshore for grouper, marlin, tuna, kingfish, and wahoo…

And then you can still make it home on time to catch a few bass in your favorite lake.

Oh, and then at night head back to the flats for some flounder gigging.

There are so many great places to fish in Florida, but we still get asked all the time, “Where should I go fishing?”

So we asked our Facebook group what some of their favorite fish-friendly parks in Florida are.

We got some excellent suggestions from them so we put together this list for you.

It’s a mix of city, county, state, and national parks, and you’ll be able to quickly see what species you can catch there, how you can fish for them (boat, wade, kayak, etc.), what region the parks are in, and other available activities to help you have a great trip.

Enjoy!

Note: These parks are grouped together by region, and not ranked in any way.

Big Lagoon State Park

big lagoon state park fishing

Region:

  • North West Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping

Park information:

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park Fishing

Region:

  • North West Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Pier
  • Beach
  • Jetty
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
  • Beach

Park information:

St. George Island State Park

st. george island state park fishing

Region:

  • North West Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Beach
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Beach

Park information:

Anclote River Park

Anclote River Park Fishing

Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Pier

Other Activities:

  • Playground
  • Horshoe Pits
  • Volleyball

Park information:

Anclote Key Fishing Report [VIDEO]

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We recently were in an inshore fishing tournament near Anclote River Park… see the full post (including what we did right and wrong) here.

Caladesi Island State Park

caladesi island state park fishing

Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Beach

Other Activities:

  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking

Park information:

Fort De Soto Park

fort desoto fishing

Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Beach
  • Pier

Other Activities:

  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Dog park
  • Historic Fort Guided Tours
  • Biking

Park information:

Fort De Soto Snook [VIDEO]

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38″ snook + dog + rain = a wild time!

Weedon Island Preserve

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Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Pier

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Cultural & Natural History Center
  • Biking

Park information:

Fun Weedon Island SUP Fishing Trip

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Picnic Island Park

picnic island park fishing

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Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Pier
  • Beach

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Dog Beach
  • Disc Golf
  • Biking

Park information:

Cayo Costa State Park

cayo costa state park fishing

Region:

  • South West Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • King Mackerel
  • Pompano
  • Cobia

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Beach

Other Activities:

  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Biking

Park information:

Everglades National Park

everglades national park fishing

Region:

  • South Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Triple Tail
  • Cobia

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Cultural & Natural History Center
  • Biking
  • Airboat Tours
  • Camping
  • Guided Tours

Park information:

Oleta River State Park

Oleta State Park Fishing

Region:

  • West Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Snapper
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Beach
  • Pier

Other Activities:

  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Biking

Park information:

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

bill baggs cape florida state park fishing

Region:

  • South Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Snapper
  • Pompano

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade
  • Beach
  • Pier

Other Activities:

  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Biking

Park information:

Key Biscayne Fishing Report [VIDEO]

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Check out the video above to see Luke’s exploration trip to Key Biscayne, and read the full post here.

Long Key State Park

long key state park fishing

Region:

  • Florida Keys

Species typically caught:

  • King Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Bonefish
  • Tarpon
  • Permit
  • Barracuda
  • Cobia

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Bridge
  • Beach
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
  • Lobstering

Park information:

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park Fishing

Region:

  • Florida Keys

Species typically caught:

  • King Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Bonefish
  • Tarpon
  • Permit
  • Barracuda
  • Cobia

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Bridge
  • Beach
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
  • Lobstering

Park information:

Dry Tortugas National Park

dry tortguas national park fishing

Region:

  • Florida Keys

Species typically caught:

  • King Mackerel
  • Grouper
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Cobia
  • Sailfish
  • Marlin
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Tuna

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Beach
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
  • Fort Jefferson

Park information:

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

fort zachary taylor fishing

Region:

  • Florida Keys

Species typically caught:

  • King Mackerel
  • Grouper
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Cobia
  • Sailfish
  • Marlin
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Tuna
  • Wahoo
  • Tarpon

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Beach
  • Wade
  • Jetty

Other Activities:

  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach

Park information:

Sebastian Inlet State Park

sebastian inlet fishing

Region:

  • East Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Pier
  • Beach
  • Jetty
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • McLarty Treasure Museum
  • Beach

Park information:

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

fort pierce inlet state park fishing

Region:

  • East Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Pier
  • Beach
  • Jetty
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Beach

Park information:

Indian River Preserve State Park

indian river lagoon fishing

Region:

  • East Central Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Black Drum

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping

Park information:

Big & Little Talbot Island State Parks

big talbot island state park fishing

Region:

  • North East Florida

Species typically caught:

  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Pompano
  • Whiting
  • Bluefish

How you can fish here:

  • Kayak
  • Boat
  • Beach
  • Wade

Other Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Beach

Park information:

Conclusion

best parks in florida for fishing

Thank you to all of our readers who contributed to this list!

Did we miss your favorite park?

Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it in!

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George Diaz
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Great information. Can you list Florida’s west coast? Thanks

Dylan DeSio
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Honeymoon Island State Park

Thomas Campbell
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Big lagoon is my area! And it’s the first one on the list