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The only truly wild natural area left in Florida, the Everglades is a vast marshland filled with the most exotic wildlife in the country. And what better way to explore this 1.5 million-acre wilderness than going on an Everglades fishing charter? You’ll be able to head out with a professional captain and cover a variety of habitats and fishing styles.

With fresh, salt, and brackish waters all around, you’ll have no issues reeling in whatever you target. Heading into saltwater will see you going after Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Cobia, and Jack Crevalle. The freshwaters further inland are home to big Largemouth and Peacock Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and more.

Depending on what you want to do, there’s a variety of trips you can choose from. Opt for a half day trip to take your family into inshore waters, or to visit some of the lakes in the area. A full day trip will give you more time to fill the boat and take home some delicious table fare. You’ll be able to cover more ground and maximize your chances of reeling in trophy fish.

There are fishing charters you can hire in different parts of the Everglades. Head on down to the Ten Thousand Islands for inshore charters. The Everglades National Park is a very good spot to visit as well. Hop on a charter in Everglades City and test the prolific waters of the Chokoloskee Bay.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing aboard an Everglades fishing charter in saltwater, the fishing license will be covered for you. However, if you want to target freshwater species, make sure to get a freshwater fishing license ahead of time. Book a trip with a reputable guide and they’ll be able to make sure you’re always fishing on the right side of the law.

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January

The start of the year is perfect for fishing deep in the backcountry of the Everglades. Look for Snook, Redfish, and even the occasional Tarpon in Whitewater Bay and the channels.

February

Winter fishing continues, with plenty of sheltered waters and game fish to be had along the inner waterways of the Everglades. Tarpon may grow bolder and leave the channels after a few days of warm weather.

March

As the weather heats up, you’ll see more Tarpon emerging. This is a great time to fish the Florida Bay. If the season allows, you might have a chance to fish a few wrecks on the coastline outside the Everglades.

April

Once spring is in full swing, you can expect to find a much wider variety of fish in these waters. Head to the canals for Bass fishing or fish the bays for Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook.

May

May marks the height of Tarpon season in the Everglades. When you’re not chasing the Silver King you’ll find great Redfish, Snook, Jack Crevalle, and much more in the bays.

June

Tarpon season continues here in the Everglades. You’ll see anglers tossing topwater plugs left and right for Snook, Speckled Trout, and much more. 

July

Anglers like to head out early and beat the heat in July. This is a great time to fish the bays or to venture into the Gulf for some Permit, Grouper, and other delicious catches near the wrecks. 

August

The summer heat wave continues, with average temperatures ranging up to 92°F. Head offshore to cool down or see if you can’t entice a few Tarpon that are still hanging around the Everglades.

September

Fishing for Snook, Redfish, and Tarpon can be spectacular in autumn. On cool days, the temperature in Florida Bay will be perfect – for the game fish and the people out to catch them!

October

You can enjoy more great fishing in October, with ideal temperatures between 73–86°F. You’ll have your choice of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Cobia, and more in the Everglades.

November

Weather can start to limit your options as winter approaches. Anglers will return to the inner waterways of the Everglades, fishing for Redfish and Snook. You’ll still find Cobia cruising around here, too.

December

As average temperatures fluctuate between 62–79°F, most anglers are seeking sheltered waters in the backcountry, along with Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout. The canals will be bustling with Largemouth Bass.

Everglades Fishing Calendar

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1:00pm Half Day trip with Captain Troy
Meghan I. fished with Miller Time Sportfishing on August 8, 2021
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Morning trips are the beer time for fishing.
Half day trip
Mark F. fished with Coastal Outfitters Sport Fishing on August 7, 2021
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Book ahead because charters fill up fast
Great Experience
Tom R. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 30, 2021
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If fishing in July like we did, plan a morning half day trip. A full day trip will be extremely hot and fishing becomes more difficult as the day heats up. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Perfect day on the water
Tammy K. fished with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters on July 26, 2021
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You can never have a bad fishing day in Islamorada. Paradise and fishing...come on now. Highly recommend hitting the water and enjoying the sites and fishing!
Sharks
Melissa Y. fished with All Hanns On Deck on July 20, 2021
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Fishing was great I would definitely bring bug spray though lol.
July fishing trip
Bryan S. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 17, 2021
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Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Successful half day trip
SCOTT F. fished with Overtime Sportfishing Charters on July 13, 2021
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You can't go wrong with Overtime SportbFishing
Awesome shark bite
Brian R. fished with Singing Reel Charters on June 28, 2021
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Ask the locals they will tell you the best charters to catch fish on

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Everglades

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Everglades costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $549, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $929. 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 Everglades is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bay boat.

According to customer reviews, Strip Set Charters, Florida Backcountry Fishing, and Captain Rio Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Everglades. Full list of top fishing charters in Everglades.

Strip Set Charters, Florida Backcountry Fishing, and Captain Rio Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Everglades.

The best way to experience fishing in Everglades 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 Everglades.

The most popular fish species you can target are Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and jigging. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and backcountry fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

You can enjoy more great fishing in October, with ideal temperatures between 73–86°F. You’ll have your choice of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Cobia, and more in the Everglades. Check availability for local fishing charters in Everglades.