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Anglers love Jacksonville’s convenient water access and variety of fresh and saltwater fishing options. Fish Jacksonville’s riverfront shoreline, drop a line from a bridge or pier, or sail out from one of the many marinas dotting the shoreline.
Adventurous anglers can charter a boat for unmatched deep-sea fishing or rent one if staying inland. The best way for newcomers to learn Jacksonville’s waters is to pair up with an expert fishing guide. Let the guide do the work and navigate to the best spots, while you enjoy pulling in a big one. Check out this veterans charter experience.
Here are some of the best places to fish in Jacksonville, Florida:
You don’t even need a boat to fish our river! So many waterfront parks and preserves offer the perfect opportunity to cast a line and find a wide variety of fish including Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Jacks, Tarpon, Flounder and other Inshore saltwater fish. As the river turns from brackish to fresh, you can also find Specks (Crappie), Largemouth Bass, and Catfish.
Fish the marshes, creeks, flats and wetlands that make up the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jacksonville area. You can fish from several docks and piers at local parks or head out on a boat, kayak or even paddleboard. Be mindful of the tides, water levels drop significantly during low tide.
You can fish from the shore in our beautiful beaches or venture out via boat to the Gulf Stream and our dozens of offshore artificial reefs to find your perfect catch! Whiting, Tedfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Pompano, Black Drum, Tarpon, Cobia, Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sailfish, Snapper, Grouper, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle and Snook can be found of our coast.
Catch whiting, jack, drum, and tarpon at one of the best fishing spots in Northeast Florida. This mile-long fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound. Enter through Amelia Island State Park to enjoy this location.
This protected area offers access to excellent surf fishing and also boasts Lake Ponte Vedra, or Guana Lake, noted for flounder, redfish, sea trout and black drum.
Both residents and visitors will need a Florida freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license. They can be purchased from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission online or at select sporting goods stores. You will also need a saltwater fishing license to catch crabs and lobsters.
Jacksonville hosts several signature fishing contests.