Clearwater Fishing

A textbook example of Florida West Coast's angling potential, Clearwater is ripe with prolific fishing grounds of virtually any variety. Endless grass flats and backcountry waterways play host to many of the state's most sought-after game fish, including Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout and none other than the Silver King himself. Of course, it wouldn't be the home of Winter the celebrity dolphin without frequent wildlife sightings while fishing inshore, as you're regularly greeted by inquiring manatees, porpoises, herons, pelicans, ospreys and many others. Venture further into the gulf waters, and you'll quickly discover why they refer to the Tampa Bay area as the Grouper fishing capital of the world, as jacks, snapper and grouper catches always seem to defy any mentions of seasonality. Deep sea fishing is red hot particularly during the summer and autumn months, when the honey spots become haunted by King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Barracuda, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish. Although Cobia and sharks are known to be lurking somewhat distant from the coastline, breaches are anything but uncommon, as some of the largest specimen have been boated only within a mile off the Clearwater Beach!

Known For

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Winter the Bottlenose Dolphin, Pinewood Cultural Park, Sun ‘N’ Fun Festival, Florida Botanical Gardens, Pier 60, Clearwater Beach, Bright House Field, Sand Key Park, Dolphin Cruises, Jazz Holiday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Threshers

Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is not required for anglers fishing aboard a guided boat or a for-hire charter, as long as the vessel has a valid charter captain or charter boat permit.

Clearwater Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.