Where to Fish

Find out where Jax locals like to fish, including piers, jetties, bridges, and the back waterways of Northeast Florida.

Favorite Jacksonville Fishing Spots:


Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: A majestic location for freshwater fishing. Discover secret hideaways throughout these waters, which are perfect for light tackle and fly fishing. Captain Dave Borries of Backwater Fishing Adventures has 20 years of experience guiding fisherman through the back waterways of Northeast Florida.

Mayport Jetties: Reel in a big one at this favorite saltwater located at the mouth of the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Join Capt. Dave Sipler on a Sportfishing Charter for a day of inshore and offshore fishing, to find hot spots for catching redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Offshore sportfish catches include dolphin, bonito, tuna, sea bass, wahoo, cobia and barracuda!

The Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge: 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.

Guana River Wildlife Management Area: 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.

Will I need a fishing license? You don't need a license if you're a Florida resident 65 years of age or older, or under 16 years of age, fishing from a boat with a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license, or if you're a Florida resident fishing from land or a structure fixed to the land. By law, anyone who takes, attempts to take, or possesses marine fish for non-commercial purposes must have a license. For more information about Jacksonville fishing regulations, contact the Florida Marine Patrol field office at (904) 270-2500.

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