Best Florida State Parks for Fishing

Best Florida State Parks for Fishing
Whether it is in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean or in Florida's rivers, the state offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the country. Fortunately, there are state parks where you can camp and be ready for that fishing trip early in the morning. Whether you are looking for freshwater fishing or salt, Florida has a state park that will fulfill your angler dreams.

Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area

If you are looking to spend time at a premier saltwater fishing location, go to Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area in Melbourne Beach. Located on the east coast of Florida, Sebastian Inlet offers both the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon for saltwater anglers to fish in. Record catches of snook, redfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been landed there. There are two jetties to fish from as well as the shoreline of the ocean, if you do not have a boat. There is a marina on-site where you can purchase bait and tackle and rent canoes, kayaks and small boats. The park also offers 51 campsites for those wanting to spend the night there, plus a boat ramp. Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area also offers boat tours visiting the first wildlife refuge in the country, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Sebastian Inlet Recreation Area
9700 South A1A
Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951
(321) 984-4852

Ochlockonee River State Park

Ochlockonee River State Park is situated along the beautiful Ochlockonee River, which runs into the bay and Gulf of Mexico. This park in northwest Florida is special for fishing because of the changes in the water surrounding it. Anglers are able to catch both fresh and saltwater species of fish. The water gets more brackish the closer you get to the nearby bay, allowing anglers to catch species such as redfish and snook in what seems like freshwater. Freshwater anglers traveling north up the river will find catches of bass, catfish and brim. The park also offers full-facility camping, a picnic area and hiking trails. Anglers can either fish from the banks of the river or launch their boat at the park's boat ramp.

Ochlockonee River State Park
P.O. Box 5
Sopchoppy, Florida 32358
(850) 962-2771

Bahia Honda State Park

Located in Big Pine Key is the southernmost park in the Florida state system. Anglers will enjoy fishing for a multitude of saltwater fish species in both the Atlantic Ocean and the bay. The clear, blue waters of the Florida Keys are enough to hook any fishing enthusiast. The park also has a sandy, white beach where anglers can also surf fish. The park has two boat ramps, 80 camping facilities and a picnic area.

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
(305) 872-2352

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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