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Fishing in Cape Coral
Cape Coral fishing is full of surprises. With 400 miles of navigable waterways, it is home to more canals than anywhere else in the world. Sorry, Venice. This is a place where you can catch a bruiser of a Largemouth Bass, an enormous shallow water Goliath Grouper, or even a 100 lb plus Tarpon. And you can do it all from your own backyard. Water-lovers, this town was designed specifically for you. Oh, and it also houses Florida’s largest population of burrowing owls. Just in case you weren’t convinced already.
The first part of Cape Coral to be developed was Redfish Point. If anything bodes well for anglers, this has got to be it. And you could say the town started as it meant to go on. The town’s early developers built its extensive series of canals so that as many Floridians as possible could settle in to coveted beachfront properties. And with the Caloosahatchee River on one side and Matlacha Pass on the other, Cape Coral canal fishing offers extensive opportunities both for freshwater and saltwater anglers.
As far as freshwater fishing is concerned, some of the best Cape Coral fishing spots are found in the northern and northwestern parts of the town. This is where you can regularly find Largemouth Bass from two to eight pounds, while Bluegill, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, and Shellcrackers also call these waters home. Get here via the BMX Boat Ramp just north of Trafalgar. This will give you access to lakes such as Shamrock Lack, Alhambra Lake, Lake Kennedy, and more. And if your property backs onto a fresh waterway, you could be catching Carp, Bass, Alligator Gar, and Catfish in your PJs.
If you are lucky enough to live on one of the saltwater canals, you will be able to find pretty much all of Southwest Florida’s coveted inshore species swimming past your backdoor. Anything and everything from Tarpon to Grouper have been reported to visit these waters, with Snook being a particular fan when the waters are too cold for them on the flats. Just be ready to catch a lot of Catfish in your search - these waters are full of them, and spiney ones can give you a nasty wound unless you de-hook them carefully.
But while fishing in Cape Coral’s canals is certainly diverse, it can only keep the diehard (or fun-seeking) traveling angler entertained for so long. Luckily enough, Cape Coral is located in one of *the* migratory hotspots for just the type of game fish that make Florida famous. From catching Tarpon by Fort Myers Beach to fishing the offshore artificial reefs and wrecks for Snapper and Grouper, there is a world of opportunities out there for people with access to a boat and an experienced Cape Coral guide. It’s not only experienced anglers who will enjoy fishing these waters - with Manatees, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Bald Eagles and more sharing the ecosystem with the fish you are trying to catch, most fishing trips will double as a full-on eco-tour.
Leave the barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel behind, and the Gulf of Mexico will be your playground. Fish out of Southwest Florida, and this means you could be battling the likes of Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, and much more. It’s no wonder Cape Coral is known as a “Waterfront Wonderland.”
Rules & Regulations
Florida fishing licenses are obligatory for everyone fishing these waters - even those who are fishing from waterside properties will need either a freshwater or saltwater license depending on the canal. The good news for people taking a fishing charter is all registered guides will provide Cape Coral fishing licenses for everyone on the boat free of charge.
Types of Fishing
Fish the canals for Snook when the tide is moving - just arm yourself with 20 lb braided line and some cut pinfish with jig heads and get ready for them to bite. When there is no tide, look out for Sheepshead around docks. These toothy critters love shrimp, barnacles, and crabs and make for a great photo (and a good meal, if you can get someone to help you fillet them right). Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Stingrays, Pufferfish, Jack Crevalle, Whiting, and even Sharks can be caught in these waters if you time it right.
If you’re up for a challenge, try a heavy tackle adventure with a 130 pound class and 400-600 pound mono fishing line and set off in search of a Goliath Grouper catch and release. Otherwise, head to Matlacha Pass and sight fish for Redfish when the tide is low.
Offshore, troll for Kingfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi, sight fish for Cobia during their migration, or bottom fish over reefs and wrecks for Snappers and Groupers.
Cape Coral Fishing Seasons
Cape Coral Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Cape Coral
"Fishing with Michael"
Definitely get Mike to take you. He knows the spots where the different species can be found. There’s too much water to try to figure it out on your own.
This type of fishing is not real difficult. If you're a regular fisherman, use the lowest cost guide as possible to get to know the waters and rent a boat the rest of the week. This is easy fishing and not too challenging to figure out. Spending a full day on the water would get too long.
"a Great trip"
Ww met captain at Matlache and drove a few miles to fishing area. FIsh were plentiful.
Top Targeted Species in Cape Coral
- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 25 to 80lbs
- Food Value None
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 1 to 3lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore, Reef, Backcountry
- Size 10 to 30lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
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