Florida Crappie Fishing Charters

Florida Crappie Fishing Charters

Top Florida Crappie Fishing Destinations

Best Crappie Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 59 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(57 reviews)
Orlando
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(189 reviews)
Kissimmee
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trips from $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Delray Beach
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trips from $150
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(73 reviews)
West Palm Beach
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trips from $200

Crappie Fishing in Florida

Crappie
  • Size 0.25 to 0.5lb
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Low
  • Habitats River, Lake

(Pomoxis annularis / nigromaculatus)

When thinking of fishing in Florida, your mind immediately drifts to the crystal clear waters around the coasts. But the Sunshine State has far more to offer. Crappie, or “Speckled Perch” as it’s known around here, is a mainstay of fishing across the US. Hop aboard a Florida Crappie fishing charter and experience criminally underrated angling opportunities. These delicious creatures inhabit the thousands of lakes and rivers inland, and will provide fun for the whole family.

What to Expect

It almost makes sense that Floridians have a different name for the Crappie you’ll be targeting. Speckled Perch refers only to the Black Crappie, not its white sibling that can cause confusion elsewhere. 
 
You can go after Crappie all year long, making them a staple of freshwater fishing in Florida, but the peak season is November through March. In these colder months, the fish like to spawn under moonlight, boosting the numbers of fish to target all day and all night!
 
Head out aboard a shallow-hulled boat, such as a bass or bay boat and explore the shallow rivers and lakes. Crappie inhabit every depth of these waters so you could be fishing within seconds of leaving shore! Captains can offer anything from a two-hour trip to an eight-hour trip, so anglers of all levels and ages are catered to.

Where to Go

It’ll come as no surprise that the best freshwater fishing in Florida is inland. Central Florida’s chained lakes and waterways are full of Crappie just calling out your name. From Lake George in the Ocala National Park, down to the Kissimmee Chain and Lake Okeechobee, there’s a wealth of fishing on offer for anglers of all levels. 
 
If you’re based around the coast and don’t fancy your sea legs yet, fear not! Florida’s incredible inland fishing stretches to every corner of the state. In the east, work your way down St. John’s River and Lake Monroe in search of Specks. Head south and the northern Everglades are a prominent hotspot for these delicious creatures. Some saltwater captains in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach even lug their boats to make the most of the freshwater action.
 
It’s true that the West is limited in its freshwater opportunities, but fishing the creeks out of Seminole and Tarpon Lake yield excellent results, too.

How to Fish

While not the most aggressive fish, Crappie still gets an undue hard press. It’s the ideal fish to practice fishing on, and is almost sure to guarantee a beginner’s first catch. Bring the whole family along and get the kids hooked on fishing! 
Avid anglers can utilize the short trips to get their daily fix of fishing, and it’s never a wasted day out when you head home with a boatful of fish. 

How to Prepare

You’ll find everything you need for a productive day on the water aboard a Florida Crappie fishing charter. Make use of the onboard rods and reels, and ask the captain if they’ll provide live bait. You should also check whether you’ll need to bring your own cooler to take your catch home. 
 
One thing you will need before stepping aboard is a Florida freshwater fishing license. Grab your permit online, by phone, or in any licensed retailer across the state, such as Walmart.
 
Other than that, all that’s left for you to do is to get booking, bring some food and drinks aboard, and make the most of the incredible fishing on offer in Florida. Get ready for a productive day filling the boat with delicious “Speckled Perch” – Florida-style! 

Florida Crappie Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Crappie fishing in Florida varies moderately throughout the year. High season is January to February and November to December. Low season is April to September. There is no closed season.
Florida
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,530 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Crappie Fishing in Florida

To let everyone know to bundle up in stay warm cause it was freezing on (Jan 26 Birthday Trip) the water but it was well worth the trip!! Thanks a lot everyone!
Very good
3.7 / 5
To let everyone know to bundle up in stay warm cause it was freezing on (Jan 26 Birthday Trip) the water but it was well worth the trip!! Thanks a lot everyone!
Adam  B.
Adam B. Lake Wales, FL
Go with a fishing guide and make sure he knows that you have never fished before.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Go with a fishing guide and make sure he knows that you have never fished before.
NANCY  S.
NANCY S. Sebastian, FL
i had a great time, caught the fish i was looking for with a great captain. i would highly recommend fishing in miami in januarty as the rest of the country is freezing .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
i had a great time, caught the fish i was looking for with a great captain. i would highly recommend fishing in miami in januarty as the rest of the country is freezing .
Steven  B.
Steven B. Agoura, California
Call Captain Brandon at Reel Fishing Charters as he is knowledgeable and professional and provides a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Brandon at Reel Fishing Charters as he is knowledgeable and professional and provides a great experience.
Frank  B.
Frank B. Beaconsfield, QC
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Ottawa, ON
Make sure you bring hat, sunblock, polarized sunglasses, snacks and your own beer if you want.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you bring hat, sunblock, polarized sunglasses, snacks and your own beer if you want.
Timothy  S.
Timothy S. Hopewell Junction, NY
If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Chad  W.
Chad W. Murfreesboro, TN
Give the captain details of exactly what you are looking for and make sure they can deliver that experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give the captain details of exactly what you are looking for and make sure they can deliver that experience.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Mount Prospect, IL
Due to bad memories of seasickness suffered on deep sea fishing trips I took when I was a kid, I chose Lake Clarke Shores and Captain Ricky for my daughter's first fishing trip. Couldn't be more pleased.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Due to bad memories of seasickness suffered on deep sea fishing trips I took when I was a kid, I chose Lake Clarke Shores and Captain Ricky for my daughter's first fishing trip. Couldn't be more pleased.
Eric  N.
Eric N. Pittsburgh, PA
Go with David Paycheck, you’ll have a great time and will catch a ton of fish!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with David Paycheck, you’ll have a great time and will catch a ton of fish!!!
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Orlando, FL
Let the captain teach you how to cast, put bait on, and sit back and enjoy!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Let the captain teach you how to cast, put bait on, and sit back and enjoy!
John  R.
John R. Orange City, FL
Check the weather forecast as it can be somewhat unpredictable in the winter months.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather forecast as it can be somewhat unpredictable in the winter months.
Peter  B.
Peter B. Santa Clara, California
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Joe  F.
Joe F. Mount Laurel Township, NJ
Take Dramamine the night before going out, tip that was given to us and we made it through the day well.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take Dramamine the night before going out, tip that was given to us and we made it through the day well.
Steve  A.
Steve A. Barton, ND
The fishing here was excellent. Calm water and endless bites. Great for family or those that enjoy reeling in the fish. We didn’t troll today, our preference was for everyone to catch many fish. We caught our limit!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing here was excellent. Calm water and endless bites. Great for family or those that enjoy reeling in the fish. We didn’t troll today, our preference was for everyone to catch many fish. We caught our limit!
AnnMarie  H.
AnnMarie H. Vienna, VA
Be prepared for wet, dry, cool or warm climate. Remember that some days you fish and some days you catch and always remember it is the experience and making memories of a lifetime!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for wet, dry, cool or warm climate. Remember that some days you fish and some days you catch and always remember it is the experience and making memories of a lifetime!
Melinda  B.
Melinda B. Farmington, MO
Get in touch with jump on charters and Captain Benny. You will be very happy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get in touch with jump on charters and Captain Benny. You will be very happy
Scott  C.
Scott C. Shawnee Hills, OH
We have fished a few places in SW Florida in the past year. Englewood is a gorgeous community without the hectic feel of Naples or Ft Myers. We had fish on all day long. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a more laid back fishing day, where you catch a lot of fish, which is more of what my family enjoys.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have fished a few places in SW Florida in the past year. Englewood is a gorgeous community without the hectic feel of Naples or Ft Myers. We had fish on all day long. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a more laid back fishing day, where you catch a lot of fish, which is more of what my family enjoys.
Becky  P.
Becky P. Tice, FL
Don’t hesitate to book a trip in December as the weather is wonderful and the fishing fantastic. Lock it in now and make some memories!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book a trip in December as the weather is wonderful and the fishing fantastic. Lock it in now and make some memories!
Jason  E.
Jason E. Rocky Mount, NC
Take a lot of shiners, it is a live bait lake. Have fun. Some times Mother Nature changes your plans, but a bad day on a lake is still better than any day at work. (Note) This is the first trip my captain took that he only boated 3 fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take a lot of shiners, it is a live bait lake. Have fun. Some times Mother Nature changes your plans, but a bad day on a lake is still better than any day at work. (Note) This is the first trip my captain took that he only boated 3 fish.
Melvin  K.
Melvin K. Tremont, PA