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Bonita Springs is located on the southern end of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. With miles of shoreline and mangrove forests, the bay is a prolific inshore fishery. Add easy access to several nearshore and offshore reefs, and you’ll begin to see why Bonita Springs fishing charters offer so much variety!

Estero Bay provides a year-round home for many exciting inshore species. The lush mangrove forests serve as a hatchery for Snook and hold a population of resident juvenile Tarpon. In addition to these, you’ll also hook into other inshore favorites such as Redfish, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Spotted Seatrout, Jack Crevalle, and more.

Inshore fishing, however, is just one part of what Bonita Springs has to offer. Stillwater enthusiasts will be pleased to know that you can fish for Peacock and Largemouth Bass if you explore the freshwater canals. These trips are a great option for windy days.

Those looking for more of a challenge may want to hit some of the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Along the reefs, you can find delicious Tripletail, Grouper, and Snapper, as well as tough-fighting Sharks, Barracuda, and Cobia.

Half day trips will allow anglers to get a great taste of the inshore waters. You’ll usually fish the Estero Bay or the brackish Imperial River, making these trips perfect for families or beginners. If you’re interested in fishing the deeper waters, setting aside a few extra hours will give you time to hit the M.A.Y. and GH reefs.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard a saltwater fishing charter, you won’t need a fishing license, but anglers above the age of 16 will need one when targeting freshwater species. Many species are heavily regulated, so make sure to get informed on the current regulations before setting out.

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January

The start of the year is a great time for Spotted Seatrout. Targeting Redfish can also be productive during this period. Pulling crab pots nearshore could put you on some Tripletail.

February

It’s still too cold for Snook to show up, but you can get plenty of Sheepshead this time of year, especially near Big Hickory Island.

March

This is when the waters will finally start to warm up, and they’ll usually be in the high sixties. Plenty of big Seatrout, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel are yours to find.

April

April is when Snook arrive in large numbers, and it’ll stay that way right up until October. Guides will start doing Snook night trips around this time.

May

Around May, Tarpon might start showing up in local waters in bigger numbers. If so, do your best to hook the Silver King and experience the fight of a lifetime.

June

Summer is probably the best time to fish in Bonita Springs. The waters are filled with everything from Tarpon to Snapper, and you may find Sheepshead lurking around the passes.

July

The Snook bite is still running strong in the heat of summer. Fishing the nearshore reefs may hook you up with some Grouper and Snapper too.

August

If you’re lucky, there still might be some stubborn Tarpon that have stayed in the area, but even if that’s not the case, great fishing can still be had both inshore and offshore.

September

As the waters continue to cool, you can expect Redfish to show up in much larger numbers, while Sharks are making their way closer to inshore waters.

October

This is when fish start to migrate south for the winter, but it’s still a great time to target Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Trout, and more.

November

Early winter is when Tripletail and Cobia start popping up, so get ready to do some trolling for absolutely delicious fish.

December

Redfish and Trout are huge in the backwater, while you can find a good number of Grouper, Snapper, and Sheepshead over at the reefs.

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Had a great time but it certainly was hot!! Would like to try the same thing during the fall or spring.
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Had a great time but it certainly was hot!! Would like to try the same thing during the fall or spring.
Juliet  B.
Juliet B. Punta Gorda, Florida
A half day was a good experience, we were on fish about every stop, Capt Fred did a great job. June is rainy, and can be hot. The 1/2 day was good.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
A half day was a good experience, we were on fish about every stop, Capt Fred did a great job. June is rainy, and can be hot. The 1/2 day was good.
Jack  A.
Jack A. Southington, CT
The hotter and sunnier it is, the better you can see the peacock bass in the freshwater canals. I was told they spawn in the heat of the summer
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The hotter and sunnier it is, the better you can see the peacock bass in the freshwater canals. I was told they spawn in the heat of the summer
David  A.
David A. Wheelersburg, OH
Fish the flats and mangroves in estero bay with Living the dream charters.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fish the flats and mangroves in estero bay with Living the dream charters.
Gary  T.
Gary T. Bourbonnais, IL
It was hot so be ready for it. bring plenty of water, big hat and plenty of sun screen(before you get in the sun).
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was hot so be ready for it. bring plenty of water, big hat and plenty of sun screen(before you get in the sun).
Randy  B.
Randy B. Miami, FL
Bay and inland ocean fishing is great because it is not so weather and wind sensitive as deep sea fishing.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bay and inland ocean fishing is great because it is not so weather and wind sensitive as deep sea fishing.
Bruce  H.
Bruce H. Naples, Florida

Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
Weather didn’t cooperate for the nearshore so we spent the morning in the bay. Fred made up for it and added an extra hour so we could hit some spots. Fred was great and made sure me and my 7 year old son caught some nice fish. Really fun morning in the bay.
Adam  B.
Adam B. Woodstock, GA
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
This was a fishing trip for son-in-law, grandson and me. Although the weather turned cold and turned off the fish bite, Captain Dan found a nice Snook and Redfish for us. Captain Dan was persistent to put us on the fish but we had no luck. He talked to other guides and they weren't having any luck either. But we had lots of good conversation, we saw lots of wildlife, and the day was still a good day. I would definitely recommend Captain Dan and fish with him again.
Mark  S.
Mark S. Ankeny, IA
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
Fun time fishing in Estero Bay! Boat was just right for the two of us. Caught some nice red fish!
Valerie  S.
Valerie S. Lee's Summit, MO
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
A great trip and a relaxing experience. A very clean boat and well kept equipment. Capt Jeff was very attentive and we couldn’t have asked for anything better!
Dan  M.
Dan M. Waite Park, MN
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
Fred is a friendly, seasoned guide that put us on fish pretty much all day. We caught nearly 40 fish which were mostly Snook. Nice equipment, plenty of bait and tackle. I would recommend Fred for a fun day of good fishing.
Mark  S.
Mark S. Brunswick, OH
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
Captain Dan was awesome! He made sure to put us in the position to catch multiple species of fish. He was also very helpful and patient while I got the hang of the equipment. I would definitely recommend Captain Dan of Fishingbooker to anyone.
Rita  F.
Rita F. Jonesburg, MO
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
Two grandparents, one parent, and two grandkids decided to try fishing. Basically the first time for all of us. Captain Christie couldn’t have been more patient and we all had a great time and also learned how to fish. Definitely would recommend.
Juliet  B.
Juliet B. Punta Gorda, Florida
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
My wife and I had a great trip with Fred- he contacted us via text ahead of time so we were clear on our meeting point etc... we had a beautiful morning of fishing! We caught a variety of fish and ended up having enough for lunch :-). The half day trip was a perfect amount of time- thanks again Fred
Jack  B.
Jack B. WEBSTER CRSNG, NY
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
We had a pleasure fishing with Captain Fred today, he put us on fish consistently and we slayed them! It was my dad’s 73rd birthday, we had 3 different generations of anglers on board and Captain Fred made everyone’s day! Thanks again man we’ll be fishing with you again soon.
Duane  B.
Duane B. Edmond, OK
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
We had a great time with Capt Jeff! Very knowledgeable about the area and about fishing. Nice, clean and new equipment. Jeff made sure we caught fish.
JEREMY  B.
JEREMY B. Shakopee, MN
Just Livin The Dream Charters 2
Just Livin The Dream Charters 2
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
Our family had an extraordinary day with Captain Christy. She is a natural! She helped all four of us at the same time with ease. She is easy going, helpful, full of knowledge and made our experience even better. We caught a nice variety of fish and even 2 small bonnethead sharks. It was a wonderful experience and we made memories to last a lifetime today. We would highly recommend.
Annette  D.
Annette D. San Juan
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
Jeff was great! He really saved our vacation and the memories I wanted my son's to have with their PopPop. We initially rented a boat to make these memories ourselves but the boat was not what it was supposed to be.. we turned to Jeff and his team which was the best thing we could have dine!! The only thing I would have done differently would to have stayed out longer! We had a blast!
Stacey  L.
Stacey L. Columbus, Ohio
Just Livin The Dream Charters 2
Just Livin The Dream Charters 2
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
Great day on the water with Captain Christy! It was very difficult to even find a charter for 3 adults and 3 children, so we were relieved to find such an amazing experience at such a great price. Christy was a true pro all day; entertaining, finding the fish, and making sure all in our party had a great time.
Craig  C.
Craig C. Mason, OH
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
Great trip! Boat was clean and comfortable for family of four and captain was great with my kids, 9 and 11. Very patient and took us to several spots to keep the action going. Would highly recommend.
Mark  J.
Mark J. Saginaw, TX
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
We had a great trip. Fred had us on fish the whole time we were out. From snapper to redfish, snook, and grouper. The backwater trip is a must with him! And he’s a super guy as well. We’ll definitely fish with him again in the future
Brandon  P.
Brandon P. Portland, TN
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
This was an excellent trip. Capt Jeff was attentive and informative. He was patient in teaching my children how to fish. He made sure we all had a great time. Will book with him again.
Hector  M.
Hector M. Fort Myers, Florida
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Get Hooked Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
The bite was a bit slow the day we went out, but that didn't stop Dan from working hard to find us some catches, which he did! Great experience overall and would recommend giving them a try if you want a unique, personalized inshore trip.
John  W.
John W. Cape Coral, Florida
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
Went on the am trip with Just livin the dream charters. Couldn’t have been more pleased! The tackle was top notch and the boat was perfect for our family of 5. We caught tons of fish and saw dolphins and manatees. Captain Jeff was great and knowledgeable about the area, history and fishing holes. He was always there to rebait a hook or untangle a line! Great trip and we highly recommend!
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Jiggs, NV
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 165 reviews
We took a half day morning trip with three people. Fred was great! He put us on action all morning, hitting multiple spots. We caught snapper, snook, sheepshead, and a barracuda. Fred truly knows the waters, understands how the tides affect the fishing, and knows where to be. He was super-attentive to the group and kept our lines in the water. If you are looking for an affordable trip with a knowledgeable captain, look no further. I will definitely book another trip next time I’m in town.
Elliot  V.
Elliot V. Greece, NY
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Just Livin The Dream Charters 1
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 215 reviews
We had an awesome half day trip with Capt. Jeff! We saw dolphins, manatees, an caught close to 30 fish! He was great with our 7 year old and taught her lots about fishing and what to look for on the water! Awesome day! Highly recommend!
Kelly  J.  H.
Kelly J. H. Edwardsville, IL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Bonita Springs costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $384, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $542. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Bonita Springs is 21 ft and the most common vessel type is a Flats boat.

According to customer reviews, Get Hooked Custom Charters, Fred Gowdy Charters, and Just Livin The Dream Charters 1 are some of the most popular fishing charters in Bonita Springs, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Bonita Springs.

Get Hooked Custom Charters, Fred Gowdy Charters, and Just Livin The Dream Charters 1 all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Bonita Springs.

The best way to experience fishing in Bonita Springs is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Bonita Springs, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snook, Snapper (Mangrove), and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and backcountry fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Redfish and Trout are huge in the backwater, while you can find a good number of Grouper, Snapper, and Sheepshead over at the reefs. Check availability for local fishing charters in Bonita Springs.

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