Best Fishing in Florida

This list represents the most popular fishing in Florida. Use this list to plan your next Florida fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Withlacoochee State Trail

    4 Reviews

    Istachatta, FL

    Currently, this is the longest existing paved rail-trail in Florida. It runs through an early-developed but still mostly rural part of the state from Citrus Springs (south of Dunnellon) in the ...
    •  46 miles
    •  Guide

    Currently, this is the longest existing paved rail-trail in Florida. It runs through an early-developed but still mostly ...

  • #2 Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail

    5 Reviews

    Tallahassee, FL

    Florida’s first official state trail, the Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs from the capital city to the coast on 19 miles of smooth pavement, passing a national forest and several ...
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Florida’s first official state trail, the Tallahassee/St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs from the capital city to the ...

  • #3 Guana River State Park

    1 Reviews

    Saint Augustine, FL

    Guana River State Park is mainly a beach park with some very nice riding areas hidden away in a coastal hammock at its southeastern end. Only a few miles from St. Augustine, the park provides ...
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Guana River State Park is mainly a beach park with some very nice riding areas hidden away in a coastal hammock at its southeastern ...

  • #4 Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

    2 Reviews

    Hawthorne, FL

    This is a wonderful trail through some of the best natural areas in north-central Florida. It’s wooded and quiet even though it travels close to busy highways and country roads. All of the ...
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a wonderful trail through some of the best natural areas in north-central Florida. It’s wooded and quiet even though ...

  • #5 Nature Coast State Trail–Fanning Springs

    2 Reviews

    Fanning Springs, FL

    One of the newer parts of the Nature Coast Greenway system, this trail circles the small town of Fanning Springs and gives access to one of the finest train trestles left in the state. The ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the newer parts of the Nature Coast Greenway system, this trail circles the small town of Fanning Springs and gives ...

  • #6 Hillsborough River Park Trails

    2 Reviews

    Thonotosassa, FL

    The Hillsborough River flows through this 3,738-acre park and is named for a nobleman with the unusual name of Wills Hills, who lived from 1718 to 1793. Wills Hills, also the Earl of Hillsborough, ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Hillsborough River flows through this 3,738-acre park and is named for a nobleman with the unusual name of Wills Hills, ...

  • #7 Gold Head Branch State Park

    4 Reviews

    Keystone Heights, FL

    Includes: Ridge Trail, Loblolly Trail, Florida Trail. It seems people panned for gold everywhere, including Gold Head Branch, a small stream created by freshwater springs that flow into Little ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Includes: Ridge Trail, Loblolly Trail, Florida Trail. It seems people panned for gold everywhere, including Gold Head Branch, ...

  • #8 Fort Clinch State Park

    2 Reviews

    Fernandina Beach, FL

    Surrounded by water on three sides, this narrow peninsula park in the northeastern corner of Florida is a marvelous natural and historic site with all amenities open to the casual rider. Its ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Surrounded by water on three sides, this narrow peninsula park in the northeastern corner of Florida is a marvelous natural ...

  • #9 Lee County (Central Portion)

    1 Reviews

    Fort Myers, FL

    The heart of Lee County is a hotbed of activity for saltwater enthusiasts. The Caloosahatchee River flows through downtown Fort Myers and connects to the lower parts of Pine Island Sound and ...
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    The heart of Lee County is a hotbed of activity for saltwater enthusiasts. The Caloosahatchee River flows through downtown ...

  • #10 Broward and Dade Counties

    0 Reviews

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    The majority of this 210-square-mile marsh is not accessible to boaters. Instead, fish the perimeter canal if it’s not choked with weeds. Check with a local bait and tackle store before you go. ...
    •  Guide

    The majority of this 210-square-mile marsh is not accessible to boaters. Instead, fish the perimeter canal if it’s not choked ...

  • #11 Rodman Reservoir

    0 Reviews

    Palatka, FL

    Short Take: 10,000 acres; standing timber, stump flats, some hydrilla and other vegetation, river channel. Of all the lakes in Florida that consistently produced trophy bass of over 10 pounds ...
    •  Guide

    Short Take: 10,000 acres; standing timber, stump flats, some hydrilla and other vegetation, river channel. Of all the lakes ...

  • #12 Washington, Bay, and Gulf (SW Portion) Counties

    1 Reviews

    Panama City, FL

    This eTrail covers 9 different fishing destinations in these Florida counties including Sandhill Lakes, Deer Point Lake, West, North, East, and St. Andrews Bays, Hathaway Bridge, Dupont Bridge, ...
    •  Guide

    This eTrail covers 9 different fishing destinations in these Florida counties including Sandhill Lakes, Deer Point Lake, ...

  • #13 Blue Spring State Park

    3 Reviews

    Orange City, FL

    Includes: Spring Run Boardwalk, Forest Hiking Trail. The West Indian Manatee is believed to be the basis of the mermaid legend because of its human-like face and broad beaver-like tail. Manatees, ...
    •  0.5-4 miles
    •  Guide

    Includes: Spring Run Boardwalk, Forest Hiking Trail. The West Indian Manatee is believed to be the basis of the mermaid legend ...

  • #14 Nassau and Duval Counties

    0 Reviews

    Jacksonville, FL

    The St. Marys originates in Okefenokee Swamp and winds 130 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing Index: The freshwater part of the river has excellent striped bass fishing (the ...
    •  Guide

    The St. Marys originates in Okefenokee Swamp and winds 130 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing Index: ...

  • #15 Lake Okeechobee

    0 Reviews

    Okeechobee, FL

    Short Take: 467,000 acres (second largest lake wholly within U.S. boundaries); shallow, abundant vegetation, some rocks. Whenever the words “bass fishing” and “South Florida” are mentioned in ...
    •  Guide

    Short Take: 467,000 acres (second largest lake wholly within U.S. boundaries); shallow, abundant vegetation, some rocks. ...

  • #16 Lake Minneola Scenic State Trail/Clermont Trail

    0 Reviews

    Clermont, FL

    Though these were actually constructed as separate trails, one is a direct continuation of the other along the same lake and so, for convenience, we’ll treat them as a single trail in this guide. ...
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Though these were actually constructed as separate trails, one is a direct continuation of the other along the same lake ...

  • #17 Gasparilla Island Trail

    1 Reviews

    Boca Grande, FL

    This was the first rail-trail built in Florida. It runs the length of Gasparilla Island on Florida’s southwestern coast through the town of Boca Grande. Gasparilla Island is a semitropical paradise ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This was the first rail-trail built in Florida. It runs the length of Gasparilla Island on Florida’s southwestern coast through ...

  • #18 Cayo Costa State Park

    0 Reviews

    Captiva, FL

    Includes: Beach Hike, Interior Trails. Miles of beaches, mangroves swamps with a spectacular display of bird life and acres of woodlands form this remarkable barrier island that is completely ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    Includes: Beach Hike, Interior Trails. Miles of beaches, mangroves swamps with a spectacular display of bird life and acres ...

  • #19 Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties

    0 Reviews

    Saint Petersburg, FL

    These two counties boast well over 100 public launching ramps, bridges, waterfront parks, and beaches open to anglers. Listings of the most popular or convenient fishing spots or access points ...
    •  Guide

    These two counties boast well over 100 public launching ramps, bridges, waterfront parks, and beaches open to anglers. Listings ...

  • #20 Hontoon Island State Park

    0 Reviews

    Deland, FL

    Hontoon Island State Park is an island in the middle of the St. Johns River, Florida’s longest and most traveled river. The river starts in the marshes east of Melbourne to the south and flows ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Hontoon Island State Park is an island in the middle of the St. Johns River, Florida’s longest and most traveled river. The ...