Indian River Lagoon

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Fishing in Indian River Lagoon

Florida’s east coast is known for its untouched scenery and diverse wildlife, and the mighty Indian River Lagoon System is a big reason why. Made up of the Indian and Banana Rivers, as well as the Mosquito Lagoon, this waterway is packed full of grassy flats, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and oyster beds. It’s also brimming with some of the Sunshine State’s most beloved species. What better way to lose yourself in nature than on an Indian River Lagoon fishing trip?
 
With an average depth of around four feet, the Indian River Lagoon is all about inshore game fishing. Mosquito Lagoon is even known as the “Redfish Capital of the World,” as this species inhabits these waters year-round. Then there’s the “Silver King” (Tarpon), as well as Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Pompano, and Sheepshead. Newer anglers can practise their casting skills, whereas the more ambitious of you can see what’s biting on the fly!
 
The Indian River Lagoon System has made a name for itself as a fishing hotspot, which means you’ll find plenty of guides dotted along its banks. There’s a whole host of trips to choose from, with shorter, four-hour options providing the perfect introduction for newbies and families. Want to spend more time on the water? You’ll find plenty of full day trips, too.
 
Although it’s common to find charters docked all along the river, the most popular departure points are around the nearby cities, such as New Smyrna Beach, Vero Beach, and Port Canaveral. Hop aboard your chosen vessel, and you’ll be fishing within minutes!
 

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If you’re casting off aboard an Indian River Lagoon fishing charter, your saltwater license will be covered for you. Your guide will also be able to inform you on local regulations regarding your chosen target species.
 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re casting off aboard an Indian River Lagoon fishing charter, your saltwater license will be covered for you. Your guide will also be able to inform you on local regulations regarding your chosen target species.
 
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Indian River Lagoon Fishing Seasons

January

Even if the temperatures are low in January, the fishing is still seriously hot! You’ll just have to search out the Indian River Lagoon’s deeper waters for Spotted Seatrout, Pompano, and Redfish, among others.

February

Thanks to the year-round Redfish population here, you’ll be able to target monster varieties around the lagoon’s mangroves and flats. If you’re looking for Spotted Seatrout action, head to Fort Pierce.

March

Thanks to the year-round Redfish population here, you’ll be able to target monster varieties around the lagoon’s mangroves and flats. If you’re looking for Spotted Seatrout action, head to Fort Pierce.

April

Redfish and Seatrout fishing remains red hot in the lagoon’s shallow waters. Huge Snook can be found lurking around the bridges and structure that dot this waterway, with Sheepshead and Jack Crevalle joining them.

May

This month heralds the true start of summer, as the weather heats up – and so does the fishing! You’ll be able to target Redfish and Seatrout in their droves, and the first Tarpon start to show up around Port St. Lucie.

June

June sees the closure of Snook season, but don’t worry. There are still plenty of other fish you can target! Spotted Seatrout and Redfish remain red hot, and Jack Crevalle are biting harder than ever.

July

This is the month to “bow to the Silver King,” with huge Tarpon showing up around the lagoon’s many inlets. You’ll also be able to target the usual suspects: Redfish, Seatrout, Jack Crevalle, and even Shark species.

August

If you’ve always wanted to try out sight fishing on the lagoon, August is the prime time to do it. The waters are clearer and calmer than ever, and are also bustling with Tarpon, Seatrout, and Redfish.

September

This month heralds the reopening of Snook season! As well as these hard-fighters, you’ll also be able to chase that year-round staple, Redfish. Tarpon and Jack Crevalle can also be found in the grassy flats.

October

October brings the fall mullet run with it, and this means that the lagoon’s fish are biting like crazy! Redfish and Seatrout are especially bountiful during this month. Fishing for Snook under the cover of darkness is a must.

November

If you’re on the hunt for some Gator Trout, head to Mosquito Lagoon, where you’ll find plenty of these oversized specimens! Make sure you bring along some live bait to tempt them. Elsewhere, Reds are thriving.

December

Finish off your year in the best way by heading out on a sight casting adventure in the lagoon. Arm yourself with plenty of live bait and keep your eyes peeled for schooling Redfish and Snook!

Reviews of Fishing in Indian River Lagoon

Fantastic trip with Captain Ricky and Mason
Pascale O. fished with Reel Sporty Charters – 26' on July 14, 2020
Wear sunscreen and drink a lot of water
Fishing with Capt Geoff
Pamela O. fished with Capt Geoff Horowitz Inshore Fishing on June 20, 2020
Great customer service and excellent job done
1/2 Day AM nearshore
Willliam L. fished with Old Florida Guide Service on June 9, 2020
Be prepared for anything when the bait goes in water
Awesome half day
Randy C. fished with Colossal Catch: The Reel Experience on March 12, 2020
Weather was awesome - find a day and make it happen!!
Very informative fishing
Richard G. fished with Spot Stalker Charters - Titusville on January 19, 2020
To make sure you know where to meet Todd, he knows the best routes!
Full day offshore with captain Bryan.
Dale C. fished with Southern Thunder Charters – Offshore on July 27, 2019
The earlier the better for Florida In the summer time. It gets very hot, and most of the time during the summer it storms in the afternoon which doesn't pair well with fishing.
July fishing trip
Douglas W. fished with Whatever Turns U On Fishing Charters Llc on July 15, 2019
Take a charter vs trying to figure out the fish for youraelf
Great day of fishing
Joshua W. fished with Southern Thunder Charters – Inshore on July 5, 2019
Wear sunscreen (SPF 50), drink lots of water, be patient, and listen to your guide.