Crystal River

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Crystal River: 108 fishing charters available
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According to customer reviews, A-lure Fishing Charters LLC, Native Fishing Charters, and Cast N Reel Fishing Charters Of Crystal River are some of the most popular fishing charters in Crystal River, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Crystal River.

The average price for a private 4 hour Crystal River fishing trip is $497, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $614 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

A-lure Fishing Charters LLC, Native Fishing Charters, and Cast N Reel Fishing Charters Of Crystal River all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Crystal River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Snook, and Mangrove Snapper. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Bottom Fishing. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Located in the heart of Florida’s “Nature Coast,” Crystal River is a place where life revolves around the water. And considering it’s got direct access to Kings Bay, Crystal River, and the Gulf of Mexico, that should come as no surprise! Hop aboard a local fishing charter with a Crystal River fishing guide and hook both saltwater and freshwater fish in this unique environment.

As the river makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll pass through grassy flats teeming with Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon. Once you reach the nearshore waters, your targets diversify to include Cobia, Grouper, and Amberjack. Head into deep blue seas and the coveted Red Snapper joins the party.

If you came in search of sought-after freshwater fish, you’re in luck. The area is home to Largemouth Bass and Crappie. For a fun family-friendly activity, don’t miss out on a visit to the Scallop beds. The Crystal River is one of a few places in Florida where recreational harvesting of bay Scallops is allowed, so you’ll go home with a delicious treat!

There’s a wide-range of trip options available in Crystal River. Half a day is enough time to get you on Bass in the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes or on some inshore fish in the flats. Nothing beats a full day on the water, though, especially in a place as special as Crystal River. An 8 hour trip allows you explore multiple spots and adds some Grouper and Snapper to your target list.

There are marinas, boat ramps, and fishing charters everywhere you look in Crystal River. Notable departure points include the northern end of Kings Bay, as well as docks located between Crystal River’s two state parks.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard a local saltwater charter, your captain will provide your fishing licenses. If you’re freshwater fishing, you’ll be responsible for purchasing your own. 

Crystal River
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4.6 / 5
Based on 26601 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Start the year off right by heading into the Crystal River’s flats for the likes of Spotted Seatrout and Redfish. It’s also the perfect time to take a swim with migrating manatees spending the winter here.

February

The inshore fishing continues to shine as we ease into February. Trout and Redfish are additionally joined by Sheepshead, Tripletail, and Flounder.

March

If you came to freshwater fish for Largemouth Bass and Crappie – now’s the time to do it! For you Crystal River enthusiasts, the Redfish and Spotted Seatrout bite picks up.

April

One of the best times to be in Crystal River! You’ll have the waters all to yourself before the tourists arrive, as you target the likes of Black Seabass, Redfish, Trout, and Snook.

May

We’re deep into spring and the waters are finally warm enough for Florida inshore favorite, Tarpon, to show up! This is also a great time to head into deeper waters in search of Amberjack and Hogfish.

June

Grouper season is finally open and this is one of the best times to go shallow water fishing for Gag and Red varieties. There’s also Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and Trout to keep your hands full.

July

Deeper waters hold delicious Red Snapper! For you folks who’d like to keep things closer to home, Scallop season is officially open and the rivers are full of tourists looking to take home a treat.

August

We wish it could be August in Crystal River forever. Redfish peak again, the last of the Tarpon give you a run for your money, and the nearshore fishing heats up.

September

This is your last chance to get your hands on some delicious bay Scallops in the river. Inshore, the Tarpon may be gone, but you can still hook into Redfish, Spotted Trout, and Snook.

October

Hit the waters for delicious Black Seabass, Gag, and Red Grouper. Other backcountry residents include Redfish, Sheepshead, and Spotted Seatrout.

November

If you came to town with a Bull Redfish in mind – November is your month! The area’s famous manatees also barrel into town mid-month. Head to Three Sisters Spring to spot these cute creatures!

December

Fishing in Florida is a year-round sport, so why not end the year with some incredible inshore fishing? Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Snook keep your lines tugging in the backcountry and flats.

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Check the tidal charts. Captain Bryan can help with that. Water level can get your boat into more areas where fish hide and wait for their prey. That translates to good fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the tidal charts. Captain Bryan can help with that. Water level can get your boat into more areas where fish hide and wait for their prey. That translates to good fishing.
Frank  W.
Frank W. Jacksonville, FL
Just go do it. Beautiful area and wonderful Captain with lots of knowledge.?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just go do it. Beautiful area and wonderful Captain with lots of knowledge.?
Beverly  N.
Beverly N. Port St. Lucie, FL
Don't always go with the BEST RATINGS... Communicate A LOT with the Captain that you choose.. Tell them what you expect... give them information of your crew and come to an understanding so you can all have a great fishing experience !!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't always go with the BEST RATINGS... Communicate A LOT with the Captain that you choose.. Tell them what you expect... give them information of your crew and come to an understanding so you can all have a great fishing experience !!!
Corinne  L.
Corinne L. Deltona, FL
World class fishery . With the right person you could catch anything your trying to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
World class fishery . With the right person you could catch anything your trying to catch.
JACOB  S.
JACOB S. Orion Township, MI
To guarantee a successful and enjoyable fishing trip, we recommend you book a charter with Reel Time Outfitters! They are phenomenal!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To guarantee a successful and enjoyable fishing trip, we recommend you book a charter with Reel Time Outfitters! They are phenomenal!
Tammy  N.
Tammy N. Gwinn, MI
Fish Hunter Tours would be our recommendation for first timers. Captain Bryan builds a quick rapport with his clients. Gives GREAT instructions on how to handle whatever species you on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish Hunter Tours would be our recommendation for first timers. Captain Bryan builds a quick rapport with his clients. Gives GREAT instructions on how to handle whatever species you on.
Vince  K.
Vince K. Waverly, NY
check the weather forecast beforehand, weather plays a big part in the shallow waters of Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
check the weather forecast beforehand, weather plays a big part in the shallow waters of Crystal River
.Michael  H.
.Michael H. Ocala, FL
Contact fishing booker thay no who tofix you up with and the guided we have met are straight shooters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact fishing booker thay no who tofix you up with and the guided we have met are straight shooters
Ken  M.
Ken M. Ocala, FL
Ask your Captain - they know the area and the best catch for the time of year you visit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask your Captain - they know the area and the best catch for the time of year you visit
Sally  H.
Sally H. Celebration, FL
The experience of shallow water fishing, mangrove islands, sight fishing majority of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The experience of shallow water fishing, mangrove islands, sight fishing majority of fish
Mike  B.
Mike B. Homosassa, Florida
Bring a jacket if you are fishing in the am , gets cold early morning , warms up nicely mid morning
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket if you are fishing in the am , gets cold early morning , warms up nicely mid morning
William  C.
William C. Inverness, FL
Book with Captain Bryan! Dress warm in the morning and a bring a light rain jacket--you will get wet from sea spray. The waters can be choppy on the boat ride to fishing site. But it is worth it to find the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Bryan! Dress warm in the morning and a bring a light rain jacket--you will get wet from sea spray. The waters can be choppy on the boat ride to fishing site. But it is worth it to find the fish!
Irene  H.
Irene H. Mahwah, NJ
Contact Fish Hunter Tours and Captain Bryan Frechette for a great fishing trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact Fish Hunter Tours and Captain Bryan Frechette for a great fishing trip
John  D.
John D. Ocala, FL
We went for Scallops. They were a good size and plentiful enough to keep us busy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went for Scallops. They were a good size and plentiful enough to keep us busy.
Thomas  W.
Thomas W. Pensacola, FL
Yes, but be careful of the oyster bars if running your own boat. They will take out a prop or lower unit in a heart beat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, but be careful of the oyster bars if running your own boat. They will take out a prop or lower unit in a heart beat.
KERRY  S.
KERRY S. United States
Water is nice and warm in the summer. Keep up the sunscreen and watch the weather because it can change in an hour.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water is nice and warm in the summer. Keep up the sunscreen and watch the weather because it can change in an hour.
Wesley  P.
Wesley P. Middleburg, FL
We went scalloping (not fishing). Come prepared for a strong swim. You may have to swim against the tide, chase fleeing shellfish, etc. If you catch a few and then don't see any for a while, don't get discouraged. Keep it up. Don't be affraid to try something new, but at the same time don't totally give up what brought you success to begin with.
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5.0 / 5
We went scalloping (not fishing). Come prepared for a strong swim. You may have to swim against the tide, chase fleeing shellfish, etc. If you catch a few and then don't see any for a while, don't get discouraged. Keep it up. Don't be affraid to try something new, but at the same time don't totally give up what brought you success to begin with.
Kelcei  F.
Kelcei F. Sylva, NC
Bring a hat and sunblock and a good attitude, there's gold here!!! Nice fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a hat and sunblock and a good attitude, there's gold here!!! Nice fishing!
Elizabeth  R.
Elizabeth R. Tampa, FL
The Crystal River can be really shallow, so make sure you're out with an experienced captain. Either use SPF 50 sunscreen or wear long shirt/pants. The sun is no joke. Even with a 50, one of us got really burned. Drink water!! When we were out, we had a descent breeze, but it's still really warm. Have fun and enjoy!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Crystal River can be really shallow, so make sure you're out with an experienced captain. Either use SPF 50 sunscreen or wear long shirt/pants. The sun is no joke. Even with a 50, one of us got really burned. Drink water!! When we were out, we had a descent breeze, but it's still really warm. Have fun and enjoy!!
Tamra  B.
Tamra B. Columbus, Ohio
It is a beautiful, natural, rural area. Great fishery, things heat up in the warmer monthes.. April is stormy and unpredictable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is a beautiful, natural, rural area. Great fishery, things heat up in the warmer monthes.. April is stormy and unpredictable.
Aaron  S.
Aaron S. White Lake, Michigan

Fish Hunter Tours
Fish Hunter Tours
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(118 reviews)
Capt Brian did his best to get us on the fish , even though the day did not gives us the tide or conditions would be happy to fish with him again .
James  O.
James O. Pittsfield, MA
Cast N Reel Fishing Charters Of Crystal River
Cast N Reel Fishing Charters Of Crystal River
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
We highly recommend Captain Mike Reeves. He went above and beyond to make this experience everything we’d hoped for. Such a great day!!! We ate our catch for dinner and it was excellent!
Rick  R.
Rick R. South Webster, OH
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
It was a perfectly wonderful day on the water. We caught plenty of fish, brought home a flounder and a lot of speckled trout (ceviche anyone? So good!) We even lucked out and saw an eagle ray jump out of the water on the ride back to the dock. So fun, we would definitely charter this boat again. Heartily recommend!
William  W.
William W. Homosassa Springs, FL
Fish Hunter Tours
Fish Hunter Tours
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
We had the best time fishing with Captain Bryan!! We started catching fish as soon as our corks hit the water and continued catching the remainder of our trip. He was great with our kids, made them feel.right at home. He is an awesome guide I would recommend to anyone!
Garrett  M.
Garrett M. Richmond, LA
Windy Day 2 Fishing Charters
Windy Day 2 Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We had a great day catching redfish. She was great with my daughter an all around good day on water. Thanks Captain Misty
Nathan  M.
Nathan M. Hiawassee, GA
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Captain John made it a memorable day! The boat was in great shape, clean and well stocked with equipment, bait, beverages, and more. He knew where the fish were and taught us techniques as well as the area history. Thank you Sir!
James And Shirley Mason
James And Shirley Mason
Salty Day Fishing Charters
Salty Day Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain Dave was very courteous, professional, knowledgeable of the fish, and accomadating to the customer. Great communication with customers and went out of his way to ensure everyone had a good experience. Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting to experience a great boating/fishing adventure. I will be fishing with him again in the future.
Martha  G.
Martha G. Inverness, Florida
Fish Hunter Tours
Fish Hunter Tours
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Capt. Bryan took measure to set my wife at ease with being out over "open water". That meant a lot toward her attitude toward fishing, and as a result, she really liked the trip. We had never fished the Crystal River area, and our first time was definitely a great time! We're coming back. Great job, Captain Bryan!
Frank  W.
Frank W. Jacksonville, FL
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Captain John Beach was AWESOME! Very knowledgeable and easy going. Everyone had an absolutely wonderful time! (And he played great music) Definitely go with him again!!! Highly recommend him to anyone looking for a outstanding fishing experience!
Linda  M.
Linda M. Green River, WY
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
My wife and I had great time looking forward to our next trip highly-rated guide
Curtis  K.
Curtis K. Shalimar, FL
Fishbonz Charters
Fishbonz Charters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
The bite was slow and Capt Mike went above and beyond to make sure we had a good experience. He is the hardest working guide I have ever been out with. We will definitely be calling him back.
Jim  P.
Jim P. Spring Hill, Florida
Reel Time Outfitters
Reel Time Outfitters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(271 reviews)
Had a good time on the water and we did limit out on speckled trout. Great captain and he worked hard to make sure we caught our fish on a day that was hard to find the fish. Will plan on going out with him our next time here.
Larry  B.
Larry B. Yelm, WA
Captain Mike's Fishing Adventures
Captain Mike's Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(46 reviews)
Perfect day to be out on the water. Several more caught, but. Had to be thrown back (under sized) or threw the hook.
Richard  C.
Richard C. Inverness, Florida
Fish Hunter Tours
Fish Hunter Tours
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Had an amazing time fishing! We were celebrating hubbys birthday and our family all caught a few fish, plus hooked 2 sharks; 1 bluntnose and 1 Huge tiger, plus what we think was a big grouper. We got to see the huge Tiger Shark come right up to the boat.. also saw a few dolphins, caught trout, catfish, sea bass, pin fish, white fish, and the bluntnose! Fun times!!!! Thanks for a great day on the water!
Renee  V.
Renee V.
Salty Day Fishing Charters
Salty Day Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
We booked an afternoon trip and captain Dave was right in time. His 24' Ranger boat is clean and comfortable. For 5 hours Capt Dave went from one area to another to find fish and because of his efforts we caught some great redfish plus nature provided us with her splendor of porpoises, turtles, herons and even a sting ray. Great day on the water!
Katherine  B.
Katherine B. Leesburg, FL
Live Action Fishing Adventures
Live Action Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(231 reviews)
Fishing was hit or miss. But we got grunts, grouper, flounder. Justin worked hard to get us on the fish. We moved often and tried different fishing methods. We went to a restaurant Justin recommended and had our fish cooked for us and it was delicious. Overall a great experience.
David  K.
David K. Kaneohe, HI
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
A-lure Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
I had an amazing day out on the water! Top notch fishing gear and boat! Captain John is amazing I would recommend him to anyone for the best fishing and guide service around!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. Branford, CT
Mermaidtales Charter Fishing
Mermaidtales Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Aft er 5 mins we felt like one of the boys. Very friendly, professional, hard working and accommodating. Went above and beyond to help us catch fish on a very unfriendly fishing day weather wise. I Highly recommended for half or full day of inshore fishing with him
Joe  B.
Joe B. United States
Reel Time Outfitters
Reel Time Outfitters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(271 reviews)
Leo was awesome. Really went the extra mile, maybe 7 or 8. Work at making it a great day. Local captain tons of experience, and I fish quite a bit. Would highly recommend.
Rich  J.
Rich J. Vienna, MD
Native Fishing Charters
Native Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Captain Bobby and First Mate Alyssa were AWESOME! They were very knowledgeable, courteous, and hard working. We filled our quota tor trout. Not much else to say. We will definitely use them again.
John  K.
John K. Ocala, FL

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