Florida provides a mecca for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Lakes and rivers dot the state, and the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean adjoin nearly 1,200 miles of coastline. Fishing spots range from deep in the woods among alligators and herons or out in the crystal blue waters of the Keys.
Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in Florida, offers freshwater fishing for bass, tilapia, bluegill and catfish. Anglers use plastic worms and spinners when fishing in Florida's lakes.
The St. John's River provides bass fishing along its 300 miles, flowing south to north through towns and woodlands. Visitors come for bass fishing tournaments along the river. Other rivers include the Wacissa, Withlacoochee and Hillsboro
The Gulf of Mexico offers warm calm waters on the west coast of the state, and the Atlantic has an intercoastal waterway suitable for small boats. The Florida Keys, a series of connected islands at the southern tip of Florida, feature clear warm water all year and saltwater fishing. You can catch kingfish, snapper, sheepshead, tarpon, mackerel and snook.