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Hop aboard a Fort Myers fishing charter for some of the best fishing Florida has to offer! Located on the stunning Caloosahatchee River, with Charlotte Harbor and the Estero Bay within easy reach, it’s easy to see why Fort Myers is an inshore fisherman’s paradise. The Matlacha Pass and the Pine Island Sound are at your fingertips, and Gulf waters are a short boat ride away.

If you’re looking for a Backcountry Slam (catching Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout in a day) you’ve come to the right place! The shallow waters are home to Tarpon as well, which is a true Fort Myers staple. A half day trip will give you enough time to explore these shallow waterways, or you can opt for a specialized trip targeting a specific species like Tarpon or Sharks.

The waters around the reefs and wrecks of the Gulf get pretty deep – and the deeper the water, the bigger the fish! Visit them for a chance to battle big Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack. Make sure to book a trip that will have you spend a full day or longer on the water in order to really maximize your chances of breaking some records.

To enjoy this prolific fishery, hit the docks of the Caloosahatchee River at Fort Myers Shores for your pick of charters ready to take you out. You can also head to the nearby Punta Rassa or Fort Myers Beach where there’s never a shortage of charters.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re planning on hiring a professional charter, you don’t have to worry about the fishing license, as the captain will provide it for you. Since there are specific regulations when it comes to certain species, hiring a reputable guide is the best way to ensure you’re fishing legally.

Fort Myers
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January

Enjoy southern Florida's mild winters on a January fishing trip in Fort Myers. Look for Trout and Redfish on the open flats and backcountry. Stone Crab season opens, inviting Tripletail around the marker buoys for a great light tackle fight.

February

Trout fishing remains very good, with Snook becoming more active towards the end of the month. The local reefs are home to tasty Sheepshead, giant Black Drum, and Gator Trout.

March

March in Fort Myers is a transitional month. Cobia start to appear around the local reefs, Permit can be found, and Red Grouper are caught offshore. Watch out for Spring Break crowds and windy weather.

April

April sees the gradual beginning of the Tarpon season, as the Silver King starts to move to the back bays and Fort Myers Beach. There is great topwater action on the flats and backcountry, with Gag Grouper, Cobia, and Permit nearshore.

May

Tarpon fishing really starts to heat up, with large schools congregating in about 20 feet of water about one to three miles from the coast. Snook gather on the beaches. This month is all about variety with great action nearshore too.

June

The weather starts to get hot and the rainy season sets in until September. Mid-day fishing concentrates on colder waters by creek mouths or targeting Sharks on the flats. Offshore, Snapper, Grouper, and Cobia are biting.

July

The weather gets even hotter, making fishing best around the jetties and piers early in the morning or in the channels and passes later in the day. Tarpon is migrating northwards but still very much available from Fort Myers.

August

Fishing for Snook and Tarpon starts to taper off around the beaches, although Snook may be caught on the flats as they travel towards the backcountry lakes. 

September

Fort Myers becomes less crowded in September as families take the kids back to school and hurricanes threaten. Water temperatures are still warm, so look for deep holes and shade, targeting Redfish, Snook, and Trout.

October

The main focus for Fort Myers fishing in October is Redfish. Big ones. They start to spawn in inlets and river mouths at this time of year. Sight fishing on the flats is exceptional, thanks to very low tides. Cobia starts coming south again.

November

The Redfish spawn continues, with excellent fishing available. Temperatures gradually start to drop, remaining extremely comfortable for fish and anglers. Big Trout start to show up on the flats and the Snook are getting fat.

December

With weather in the mid 70s and clear beaches, it is easy to see why winter is the high season for fishing in Fort Myers. This is the start of winter fishing, with flats fishing being phenomenal for Redfish, Trout, and Snook.

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Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
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Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
Elizabeth  H.
Elizabeth H. Glenview, IL
Watch the weather patterns and try to get a few warm days in a row to make the snook more active. Still early forTarpon and the normally reliable sea trout are still recovering from the red tide last year so maybe next year might be better it you prefer that species. We had a great time catching lady fish when the water temps dipped and put the snook off their feed. Be prepared for some wind this time of year.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Watch the weather patterns and try to get a few warm days in a row to make the snook more active. Still early forTarpon and the normally reliable sea trout are still recovering from the red tide last year so maybe next year might be better it you prefer that species. We had a great time catching lady fish when the water temps dipped and put the snook off their feed. Be prepared for some wind this time of year.
Jon  S.
Jon S. McLean, VA
Try the inland fishing in the shallows to site fish along the Mangroves, you never know what may be leaving in the shadows of each cast.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try the inland fishing in the shallows to site fish along the Mangroves, you never know what may be leaving in the shadows of each cast.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Ringle, WI
Look over the available trips, read the reviews carefully, check out the local fishing web sites to see what is running and be aware of the weather and conditions (same as anywhere you want to fish).
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Look over the available trips, read the reviews carefully, check out the local fishing web sites to see what is running and be aware of the weather and conditions (same as anywhere you want to fish).
Fred  B.
Fred B. Fort Myers, Florida
Pay attention to the tides and weather if you can. Captains like Mike are very knowledgeable about the area and can give you valuable information to help plan yoir fishing trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Pay attention to the tides and weather if you can. Captains like Mike are very knowledgeable about the area and can give you valuable information to help plan yoir fishing trip.
Erik  H.
Erik H. Eldersburg, MD
Fishing is fishing--sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you enjoy the view. In our case we had a lot of action but the fish were just short of keepers. But it was a nice day.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fishing is fishing--sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you enjoy the view. In our case we had a lot of action but the fish were just short of keepers. But it was a nice day.
Gary  M.
Gary M. Naples, FL
Follow tidal and red tide reports. That will effect your fishing trip and use a guided trip for best results...
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Follow tidal and red tide reports. That will effect your fishing trip and use a guided trip for best results...
Jeremy  C.
Jeremy C. North Fort Myers, FL
Can you guide and make sure they know about the weather, the tide, and water conditions.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Can you guide and make sure they know about the weather, the tide, and water conditions.
Ron  W.
Ron W. Miami Beach, FL
What ever species you want they are all here this time of year. Just have to hope they are biting.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
What ever species you want they are all here this time of year. Just have to hope they are biting.
David  P.
David P. Elizabeth, CO
Go in the morning during the summer, was getting mighty hot by the time came in a little after noon.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go in the morning during the summer, was getting mighty hot by the time came in a little after noon.
Randall  D.
Randall D. Cape Coral, FL
It's hot. Don't leave without sunscreen and a shady hat. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Have fun.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It's hot. Don't leave without sunscreen and a shady hat. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Have fun.
Ahson  A.
Ahson A. Fort Myers, FL
Better than expected, never been in Florida this late in season. Like most northerners late March is time to go home, not anymore, I,m staying to fish!
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Better than expected, never been in Florida this late in season. Like most northerners late March is time to go home, not anymore, I,m staying to fish!
Kerry  D.
Kerry D. Naples, FL
Listen to your Captain and follow his advice on what’s hot during the time you plan to fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Listen to your Captain and follow his advice on what’s hot during the time you plan to fish.
Jim  D.
Jim D. Miami, FL
It was windy on the gulf so fished back bays. Very fun but could be disappointing if a person wanted to go in the gulf for larger fish.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was windy on the gulf so fished back bays. Very fun but could be disappointing if a person wanted to go in the gulf for larger fish.
Ann  R.  V.
Ann R. V. Wadena, MN
Don't have too many people on the charter. The less people, the better. It's hard catching fish when dolphins are around.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't have too many people on the charter. The less people, the better. It's hard catching fish when dolphins are around.
Lisa  S.
Lisa S. United States
Read reviews and make sure to contact the captain to answere any questions before your charter. For example , what fish does he usually go for, how much time is spent actually fishing as opposed to getting to fishing spot. Or anything else this way you don't have any surprises
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Read reviews and make sure to contact the captain to answere any questions before your charter. For example , what fish does he usually go for, how much time is spent actually fishing as opposed to getting to fishing spot. Or anything else this way you don't have any surprises
Bradley  B.
Bradley B. Orlando, FL
Absolutely!!! Zach was truly amazing - fishing knowledge, island knowledge, plus he is great with kids and adults!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Absolutely!!! Zach was truly amazing - fishing knowledge, island knowledge, plus he is great with kids and adults!!!
Tracy  S.
Tracy S. Sarasota, FL
It's a transitional time of the year and water temps really affect the species and size of fish. Not to worry though, there are lots of fish but maybe not necessarily lunkers.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It's a transitional time of the year and water temps really affect the species and size of fish. Not to worry though, there are lots of fish but maybe not necessarily lunkers.
Corey  K.
Corey K. Grand Rapids, MI
With the right guide, catching big fish can be affordable. Snook and jack fish put up a really good fight
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
With the right guide, catching big fish can be affordable. Snook and jack fish put up a really good fight
Scott  B.
Scott B. Cape Coral, Florida
Be prepared for inconsistent weather. Rains a lot in June here with storms. Conditions change fast.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for inconsistent weather. Rains a lot in June here with storms. Conditions change fast.
Tom  P.
Tom P. Brandon, Florida

Silver Fish Inshore Charters
Silver Fish Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Had an awesome day with Capt Steve! Well beyond my expectations as I lost count of the number of fish we landed!! Inshore slam! Capt Steve very knowledgeable and fun to hang out with. I will definitely go fishing with him again soon.
Herbert  B.
Herbert B. Wallkill, NY
Thrill Of It All
Thrill Of It All
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Started off slow due to dolphin presence but then quickly picked up as we moved to a different location. Caught some flounder, grouper, speckled trout. Good time was had by all.
Kevin  P.
Kevin P. Jamestown, IN
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Great captain and knowledge of the area. Boat and rigs are excellent. Way better than my set up at home. He was very professional and proactive, if we weren’t on fish in a few minutes we moved to another spot instead of loitering.
Charles  D.
Charles D. Decatur, TX
Fischer Charters - Sanibel
Fischer Charters - Sanibel
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Captain Zach did everything he could to get fish to bite. We ended up with 7 smaller fish, but for beginners we were content. Being an absolute dolphin lover, we had them near us most of the day and even swimming in the wake of the boat. Capt. was EXTREMELY helpful from baiting to unhooking. I love the ocean and while I’m originally from Florida, I’ve been in the North Dallas area for 13 years and there is nothing better then a day on the ocean.
Lysa  B.
Lysa B. San Juan
Indigenous Charters
Indigenous Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 271 reviews
My family and I had a great time with Captain Tyler. Would highly recommend spending the day with him! Great with the kids and helping them out.
Michelle  F.
Michelle F. Woodbury, NJ
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Couldn’t have asked for a nicer captain very helpful and friendly would definitely go again
Justin  R.
Justin R. Pulaski, WI
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Our fishing charter with Captain Mark was great. He was very knowledgeable of the locations and was helpful with making sure everyone had the best possible chance to get fish. Would highly recommend this charter.
Lisa  N.
Lisa N. Cape Coral, Florida
Silver Fish Inshore Charters
Silver Fish Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
We had a great day on the water fishing. The conditions were tough after the cold front hit but we still managed to catch some good fish. The Boat and gear were in great condition and the Captain was awesome. Thanks.
Shane  H.
Shane H. Edmond, OK
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
ALWAYS catch fish! Fabian is so knowledgeable about the waters! Hands down will never use anyone else!
Ali  W.
Ali W. Albert Lea, Minnesota
Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters
Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
This was a super awesome experience for me and some of my relatives that we will never forget. We caught so many fish that I even lost count how much fish we actually caught. If you’re looking for that perfect charter boat fishing trip, this is your go-to.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. West Springfield, MA
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
A relaxing yet fast pace fishing trip, Fabian is a top notch boat captain and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to catching fish. I’ve use Fabian multiple times and have caught a lot of fish every time. HIGHLY recommend Fabian please give him a chance at your next trip won’t be disappointed.
Alan  W.
Alan W. Cape Coral, Florida
Thrill Of It All
Thrill Of It All
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Scott was prepared and organized when we arrived. We fished three locations and caught trout and triple tail. Great experience by all! Recommend getting boat/meeting location prior to day.
Kyle  E.
Kyle E. Clive, IA
Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters
Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 53 reviews
We had a great time on our trip. Caught plenty of keepers. Captain was very busy keeping our lines baited. We would definitely book again!
Jessica  P.
Jessica P. Henniker, NH
Indigenous Charters
Indigenous Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 271 reviews
Captain Tyler is a well versed guide with excellent equipment and knowledge of the many species of fish that inhabit the local inshore waters. Captain Tyler is friendly and we appreciated he took us out on Thanksgiving Day! We had an enjoyable day and caught many fish in the beautiful Florida sunshine!
Diane  G.
Diane G. CHESAPEAK BCH, MD
Blind Date Charters
Blind Date Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 35 reviews
Very nice boat. Very well equipped. Comfortable when in motion. Captain and mate were very friendly and knowledgeable and shared a lot of tips with us. It was very windy 20 mph. They kept us on fish and in reasonably calm waters. Great time with son and grandson 14
Rog  V.
Rog V. St. Charles, IL
Southwest Florida Charters
Southwest Florida Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Captain Mike gave us a great first time experience! We learned not only fishing skills but history of the area. Definitely come back again.
Rebecca  L.
Rebecca L. Shawnee, KS
SWFL Premier Charters
SWFL Premier Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 86 reviews
Had a great and productive time with Captain Nick. I would go out again the next time we are down here. — Dr. Brad from Indianapolis
Brad  F.
Brad F. Carmel, IN
Fishing with the Fox – Fort Myers
Fishing with the Fox – Fort Myers
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Wonderful day fishing with my family. Rich kept us on fish the whole time and we caught many different kinds during the whole trip. Best fishing guy we’ve had!!
Greg  K.
Greg K. Killdeer, ND
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
We arranged the 1/2 day trip with Fabian the day before so timing worked well for us. He picked us up at a public dock and we headed to the mangrove islands in search of fish. The ride out was rough but fishing by the islands was not. Fishing was fun, keeping the birds from stealing the bait and catch was a challenge. Would highly recommend Fabian!
Brian  B.
Brian B. Osseo, MN
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Captain Mark Chard Inc.
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Capt. Mark is fantastic. We landed fish within 5 minutes of launching. Great guy, knowledgeable, helpful. The boat is new and well maintained. Highly recommend. Will be back!
Michael  W.
Michael W. Atlanta, GA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Fort Myers costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $443, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $714. 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 Fort Myers is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bay boat.

According to customer reviews, Make A Wake – Sanibel Island, Thrill Of It All, and Sanibel Saltwater Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Fort Myers, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Fort Myers.

Make A Wake – Sanibel Island, Thrill Of It All, and Sanibel Saltwater Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Fort Myers.

The best way to experience fishing in Fort Myers 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 Fort Myers, Florida.

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

With weather in the mid 70s and clear beaches, it is easy to see why winter is the high season for fishing in Fort Myers. This is the start of winter fishing, with flats fishing being phenomenal for Redfish, Trout, and Snook. Check availability for local fishing charters in Fort Myers.

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