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Fishing in Bonita Springs

In mingling with the local fisherfolk, you'll quickly notice many of them have an obstinate tendency of calling Southwest Florida the sportfishing capital of the world. With tenacious hotspots like Bonita Springs quite literally in their backyards though, who can really blame them? The salt marshes and mangrove forests of Estero Bay serve as an affectionate nursery for a steady assortment of just about every popular inshore bruiser, making the inshore waterways highly fishable all year round. The Bay is often acclaimed as a prolific Snook and Redfish habitat, although the brackish waters are very much indiscriminate when it comes to game fish variety. Everything from Seatrout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Whiting and many others can be found rummaging the area's grass flats and oyster beds, depending on the time of year. The mangroves also provide an optimal hatchery for various species of shark, including Lemon, Black Tip, Bull, Bonnethead and even Hammerhead shark. For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, the nearshore wreck and reefs are inhabited by the likes of Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, large offshore Snook, Snapper, Amberjack, Barracuda and much more, along with one of the best Tarpon fisheries this side of the Sunshine state. Leaving the coastline far behind, the offshore grounds are teeming with Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish and many others!

Known For

Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs Public Beach, Little Hickory Beach Park, Everglades Wonder Gardens, Congo River Golf, Lovers Key State Park, Bonita Nature Place Trail, Flamingo Island Flea Market, Bonita Springs Riverside Park

Rules & Regulations

No license for fishing is necessary if you’re fishing aboard a guided charter, party boat or other for-hire vessel which possesses a valid captain or charter boat license.