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Fishing in Cedar Key

Getting on a Cedar Key fishing charter will let you experience the “Old Florida.” Here, you’ll get to relive the days before the Sunshine State was all about Disney World. There are no big chain stores here, and it’s not uncommon to find signs hanging in shop windows that read “Gone fishing.” It’s fishing at its purest, hidden away only for those determined to find it!

Inshore, the waters are teeming with exciting targets. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead are just a few of the characters you’ll find cruising around. Add to that a variety of offshore fishing holes where you’ll be fishing for Mackerel, Cobia, Seabass, Grouper, and Mangrove Snapper and you’ll start to get the allure of this place.

Even if you only have half a day, you’ll be able to get to some of the most popular and productive hotspots around. Known fondly as “the other Keys,” this area is one massive grassflat riddled with channels, deep potholes, and a smattering of small keys. If you’re ready to venture beyond the inshore waters, put Seahorse Reef at the top of your list. Perfect for extended and full day trips, this sandbar is the area’s primary offshore structure.

Once you’re here, fishing charters won’t be hard to find. It’s a small town and plenty of its residents are connected to fishing. Many Cedar Key fishing charters head out of the Cedar Key Dock and Marina. It’ll be easy to find – just follow Florida State Road 24 all the way to the end.

Rules & Regulations

All licensed charter boats include a fishing license for customers. If you plan on fishing from the pier, shore, or on your own boat, be sure to purchase a Florida fishing license. Also, consult the FWC website for bag and size limits before wetting your line, especially if fishing on your own.

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Cedar Key Fishing Seasons


The flats around Cedar Key tend to be pretty empty in the dead of winter. With average temperatures hovering around 57°F, you may find a good day to head to shore and practice casting a few lines.


There’s still no action to be found on the flats, but that doesn’t mean the fish have stopped biting altogether. You may reel in a Black Drum or Sheepshead here and there. Chin up, spring is right around the corner!


Things are heating up, as the average temperature climbs toward 63°F. If you make it out to the reefs, you may have luck fishing for Amberjack, Triggerfish, Red Grouper, and other bottom dwellers.


Redfish and Speckled Trout are making a comeback on the flats, followed closely by Spanish Mackerel and Cobia. Check out the Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival in your spare time.


Cedar Key’s fishing season is in full swing. Fish the nearshore reefs and land yourself Mackerel, Bluefish, or Cobia. The flats are bustling with all kinds of game fish, from Reds and Speckled Trout to Jack Crevalle.


At this time of year, you can expect sunny days and temperatures around 80°F. This is the time to head offshore for Red Snapper and a wide variety of other bottom fish.


Almost everything that swims is biting and free for the taking in July! Scallop season is open, action on the reefs is red hot, and the flats are full of fish. Dodge the tides and come catch yourself a treat!


Summer fun continues, with your choice of Scalloping, flats fishing, and a trip to the reefs offshore. Take a dip before heading back to the dock and cool off—it’s the hottest month of the year, after all. 


Spanish and King Mackerel are heading into their second peak season near the reefs. From Memorial Day through New Year’s, tourists will be flocking to Cedar Key, so book your accommodations early!


It’s time for the Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival! Now that you’ve caught everything out there, come ashore and enjoy eating some of it (that is, when you’re not sight fishing for schooling Redfish on the flats).


Average temperatures are sliding back down toward 63°F. You can still enjoy fishing the flats for Sheepshead, Black Drum, and some Redfish or Speckled Trout. The reefs will continue to provide good bottom fishing.


Come December, there’s not much to keep you busy on the water around here. But the town will be bustling with families from out of town and holiday cheer.

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Reviews of Fishing in Cedar Key

Six hour trip with Captain Mike
William K. fished with Tides Turn Fishing Charters on June 21, 2020
Find an experienced local guide with extensive knowledge of the Cedar Key area.
Such a Great Trip!
John P. fished with In The Slot Fishing on March 21, 2020
Beautiful weather and great environment!
Bad weather but a good experiance.
Craig T. fished with In The Slot Fishing on August 12, 2019
Go with a local guide. They know all the spots and whats biting.
Amazing Full Day with Captain Brown
John P. fished with AJ Brown Charters on July 29, 2019
Great first time fishing. There are enough different species from catfish to big Black Drum. Great time!!!
Great day on the water!
Tim V. R. fished with Seafavorites – Cedar Key on July 27, 2019
Charming old-style fishing village on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Town has several restaurants, including one historic established in 1859. There are also numerous lodging choices.
Half Day Trip
Stephen F. fished with Seafavorites – Cedar Key on July 5, 2019
Take pictures, but you might be too busy catching fish
Half day trip
Erienne S. fished with Taylor's Pokin' Fun Adventures – Flats on June 17, 2019
We actually fished in the Ocala National Forest.
Morning trip with Captain Jason
Patsye S. fished with In The Slot Fishing on January 31, 2019
Don’t count on the weatherman being right. Love Cedar Key plenty of fishing opportunities and land shops and eateries.

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