This area of Florida is very popular for freshwater and saltwater fishing. We have broken down central Florida into 3 separate sections: Central Florida (Inland: Orlando, Disney World, Kissimmee, etc.), Central West (Tampa Bay area), Central East (Daytona Beach & other towns on the Atlantic Coast)
Central West Florida
- Cedar Key
- Crystal River
- Hernando Beach
- New Port Richey
- Palm Harbor
- Tampa Bay & its Beaches
- Tarpon Springs
Central Florida Fishing & Travel Tips
Central Florida Freshwater Fishing
Central Florida is home to some incredible largemouth bass fishing. There are plenty of destinations to fish for bass. Some world-famous lakes can be found in Kissimmee, Lake County, Orlando and even Walt Disney World. On most guided fishing trips, you’ll catch a good number of bass in the 2 to 5 pound with bigger fish in the 7 to 8 pound range possible at any time. The big bass up 10 pounds or even larger can be found on many of these lakes in the Central Florida area.
Crappie, bluegill and other sunfish can be found on many of the lakes throughout this area as well. Big crappie and bluegill can be found here and on some lakes, you can catch a bunch of them. Bass get most of the attention in this area, so on many of the lakes, you won’t have much competition while targeting these fish.
Central Florida Saltwater Fishing
The inshore fishing is very good here. On the Atlantic Coast, the inshore waters of the Space Coast offer some excellent fishing for redfish, sea trout and many other fish. On the Gulf side, the Tampa Bay area is huge and offers so many opportunities. Anglers catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and other fish here.
In the offshore waters, you’ll find a couple very different types of waters in Central Florida. On the Atlantic side, the waters will be rougher and murkier. On the Gulf side, the waters are calmer and clearer. Off of both coasts, you can fish for grouper, snapper and a bunch of pelagic species of fish that pass through here throughout the year.
Surf & Pier Fishing
Both coasts have so many different places to fish along the shores. You can fish from piers or from the surf and some of the piers give you access to deep water which allows you to target so many different species of fish.
Popular Central Florida Destinations
Pet Friendly Beaches
Fort de Soto Park is located in the Tampa Bay area. It has a nice dog beach and it’s close to some very good fishing too. There are many places to stay with your dog and it’s not too bad of a drive from the hotels to this park, so if you want to bring your dog along, you definitely can do that in this area.
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