Florida Fishing Seasons - A Guide

Homosassa and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge are some of the best remaining estuarine hatcheries for the numerous species of fish that inhabit Florida's Nature Coast. The Chassahowitzka River is a bastion of pristine coastline that has successfully resisted modern man's unending quest for waterfront housing and other development. Hundreds of acres of water beckon invitingly to anglers as the Chassahowitzka spreads out to meet the Gulf of Mexico.

Anytime of the year an angler is likely to hook up with a Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Shark or Mangrove Snapper. Below is a seasonal guide of what to expect and when...

Sea Trout

Redfish are abundant year-round, but peak times are March, the first two weeks of April, and again during the hotter months of July, August and September, when the largest schools are found. October and November are very comfortable for fishing, it's not as hot, and that's when the biggest Redfish are caught. Bronzed Bruisers in excess of 40 inches are doable in October and November.



The end of April is when the migratory Tarpon start arriving and they usually stay until late August. BLACK ROCK HOLE, the world renowned landmark and Mecca of anglers seeking world-record size Silver Kings, is reached the easiest from Chassahowitzka, by far the closest launch ramp to this Tarpon hot spot.

Experience the finest Tarpon fishing in the United States, attested by James J. Holland's, "World Record" Tarpon, 202 lbs. 8 oz. taken on a fly, May 11, 2001 near BLACK ROCK HOLE. Make your plans early as all the veteran guides are booked well in advance.



Speckled Sea Trout are also here year-round. During the Spring, Fall and early Winter it is not unusual to find large concentrations of fish. From late March to May you will find "muds" on the flats where Sea Trout, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel and who knows what else grubbing around in a feeding frenzy. All the main spring fed rivers here maintain a 72 degree temperature year-round, that's why the fish swarm in the rivers in the winter.



Late March and early April is when the prime time for Cobia begins. One of the best places to catch Cobia is to find Stingrays. Cobia love to follow along behind a feeding Ray as it grubs along the bottom and anything that is flushed out usually gets eaten by the Cobia