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Fishing in Steinhatchee

Comfortably nestled in the heart of Florida’s Big Bend, you will find a small town called Steinhatchee that has gorgeous views, friendly people, and extraordinary angling options. With its rich history and diverse fishery, this community is a haven for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore Steinhatchee fishing in all its glory.

Known For

Fishing in Steinhatchee is good year-round, and there’s something for everyone – both professional anglers and novices. This territory used to belong to Native Americans and has been renowned for its bountiful fishing grounds for over two centuries. Today, it’s home to local fishing tournaments, Scallops, and popular inshore species that attract angling aficionados from all over the country.
 
You can have a bit of everything here – ocean fishing is good in Deadman’s Bay and beyond, while the Steinhatchee River is a playground for both fresh and saltwater trophies. Virtually all Steinhatchee fishing charters offer scalloping trips which, more often than not, result in bagging the limit of these tasty morsels.
 

Inshore Fishing

When you hear Steinhatchee inshore fishing, think plentiful flats in the north, mixed with natural reefs and seagrass all along the river. They pose as the perfect hideout for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Grouper, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and more. You don’t need a big vessel to make the most of your fishing expedition, a flats boat or a drift boat will do just fine.
 
Some of the best spots to cast your line in these parts include Dallus Creek and Rock Point, where the water is seldom over 5 feet deep. Here it’s wise to use push poles and trolling motors to be stealthy so that you can sneak up on your prey. If you love winter fishing, then you will have to head out to deeper waters to catch Speckled Trout and Redfish using live shrimp.
 

Gulf Fishing

For all those fishers who prefer to prowl the offshore grounds for fishing action, Steinhatchee has plenty options to tempt you with. Go to Deadman’s Bay to catch King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, and Black Seabass. You can also head further out (up to 10 miles) to explore Steinhatchee’s artificial reefs for Snappers (Red, Florida, and Mangrove), Groupers (Gag and Red), as well as Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and Bluefish. You can hook sizeable Sheepshead in shallower waters when the days get cold, and Grouper are lively during the winter as well. 
 
Some of the best fishing spots locals recommend are around Horseshoe Beach for Sheepshead, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel; Suwannee Reef and wrecks for Snapper, Grouper, Bluefish, and Mackerel; and Bradford Island for Gag Grouper, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. Before you head out, it’s wise to take a close look at the Steinhatchee fishing reports to know what to expect.
 

Scalloping

Going Scallop hunting is a fun activity for the whole family, especially when it’s ridiculously hot out and taking a dip will do you a world of good. If you want to catch the scalloping season in full swing, head out to Steinhatchee anytime from mid-June up until the beginning of September. Favorite local spots where you can jump in the shallow, clear water and catch your limit include Rocky Creek, Pepperfish Key, Big Grassy Island, and many more. The limit you’re looking to meet is two gallons of unshelled Scallops or one pint of their scrumptious meat.

Fishing Tips

  • Use flies and topwater plugs to go after Redfish, and if you’re on the lookout for Black Seabass, weedless rigs are your best options.

  • During winter, use live bait and make it bounce on the river’s bottom slowly in order to spark the interest of the fish that get lazy when the temperatures drop.

Need to Know

There are so many fish to catch in the Steinhatchee area, but going after some of them is only allowed during appointed seasons. Your captain will advise whether or not you can go after a certain species, and if you prefer a mixed bag, then you’ve come to the right place.

Regulations

Like anywhere in Florida, you don’t have to worry about getting a fishing license if you’re going saltwater fishing with a registered charter operation. However, if you plan to do some freshwater Steinhatchee fishing, you will require a recreational freshwater fishing license. You can easily buy one for $17 (price is subject to change).
 
When it comes to limits of fish you can catch, they vary significantly – you can only keep two Cobia per boat, Tarpon is strictly catch and release, and some fish like Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack should strictly be targeted when they’re in season.

Budget

Steinhatchee fishing guides have pretty uniform prices and if you’d like to fish for four hours, you will pay anywhere from $350–$400. Bear in mind that there will probably be an extra charge for the third or fourth person on board. When it comes to full day charters, you can expect a price range from $450–$600 with an additional person charge. Scalloping trips cost around $400, and all the equipment is usually provided.

Getting There

Tallahassee is the closest city, and only a couple of hours and 90 miles from Steinhatchee. If you’re heading out from Tampa or Orlando, you have a 160-mile road trip ahead of you. It will take about three hours by car from either of these cities to get to the jewel of Old Florida. If you decide to catch a bus or train, it might be a bit more affordable, but the ride would take well over six hours. 
 
Steinhatchee is worth the ride though, just to experience the untouched nature of the area and enjoy it all away from the standard tourist hubbub. When you do get to your destination, make the most of your time there and enjoy the “Hatchee” life!
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Steinhatchee Fishing Seasons

This month’s cold weather makes the fish moody and a bit lazy. Trout fishing is good, and this is a great time for chasing Grouper and Flounder. Use smaller bait, and drop your line deeper for better chances of an excellent catch.

The beginning of February might be rough, but towards the end of the month the pace picks up. The Fiddler Crab Festival is coming up in mid-February, and the Redfish, Trout, and Flounder action is very good.

 
The weather is getting hotter, and so is the bite. You have a great chance to snatch Gator Trout in the flats on plugs, and Sheepshead fishing is excellent as the water gets warmer.
Several tournaments are happening this month, and fishing conditions are getting better every day. Redfish are still in the flats and around sandbars, the Trout bite is strong, and offshore you can target King and Spanish Mackerel.

Come in May with your family to experience superb Steinhatchee fishing. Stalk structures for Flounder, seagrass beds for Trout, and don’t miss out on the great Spanish Mackerel bite typical for this time of year.

So much is going on in June – Scallop season is finally open, and so is the time to go after Red Snapper and Gag Grouper. Don’t miss the Nauty Girls Tournament, where lady anglers get to show off their skills.

Offshore fishing is strong in July – and you can expect a healthy amount of Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, and Kingfish. Scalloping is still on, though you might have to go a bit further to find that perfect spot.
Stay inshore and go after Redfish, Trout, as well as an occasional huge Cobia and Amberjack toward the Deadman’s Bay, or head out further offshore to hook Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, and more.
As autumn comes to town, move to deeper waters to go after Speckled and Sand Trout. Make the most of scalloping while it’s still in season, and if you’re looking to go offshore, Grouper and Amberjack await.
This is a good month to reel in anything from sizeable Redfish and Speckled Trout to massive Black Drum inshore, as well as Black Seabass, and maybe even a Houndfish here and there. Offshore, Amberjack can get colossal.
A cold front is closing in, which means you will have to adapt your strategy to get that fish on your hook. Use topwater plugs, jigs, and lures to target anything from Redfish and Speckled Trout to Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and more.
You never know what to expect on the water during the winter months, but with a bit of preparation and fair weather, you can look forward to Flounder, impressive-sized Redfish, and Speckled Trout.

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What People Are Saying About Steinhatchee

"Half day with Captain Bob"

Thomas S. fished with WayOut Charters on June 23, 2019

Give it a try but do it with an experienced guide. You won't be disappointed

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"TWO DAY TRIP WITH CAPT JOE"

Bill S. fished with Seafavorites Fishing Guide Service on November 8, 2018

FISH WITH CAPT JOE GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF THE AREA TIDES ARE VERY IMPORTANT AS TO THE SPECIES YOU WILL TARGET

"Weekend with Captain Dicky King"

Steve C. fished with Steinhatchee Flats Fishing on July 14, 2018

Yes. Great variety and lots of uncrowded fishing spots. Having an expert guide is ezzential.

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Top Targeted Species in Steinhatchee

Cobia

Cobia

Redfish

Redfish

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Flounder

Flounder

Scallop

Scallop

Tarpon

Tarpon

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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