Enjoy our diverse and unspoiled waterways! These beautiful waterways not only offer amazing fishing opportunities but also the perfect scenery for pontoon boat and airboat tours, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Kayaking and paddle boarding in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Sebastian River are great ways to get close to and view wildlife without disturbing it in its natural habitat. Looking for something a bit more fast-paced and adventurous? Give an airboat ride a try! Keep an eye out to spot alligators, turtles, plants and exotic birds.
The Sebastian River Area also offers the avid fisherman a variety of challenges from freshwater fishing to deep-sea adventures. Fishermen flock to Sebastian Inlet, the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida’s east coast, to fish its jetties for snook, redfish, bluefish, flounder, snapper, grouper, sheepshead, permit, whiting, blues, Spanish mackerel, and various species of shark. If deep –sea fishing is your addiction, then steer east of Sebastian Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and you’ll find various sportfish such as dolphin, tuna, swordfish, grouper, snapper, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, cobia, barracuda, amberjack and other challenging catches. Not only is the Sebastian River Area known for its great offshore fishing but its waterways also offer some of the best inshore fishing. The Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most biologically diverse estuary, and the St. Sebastian River which is brackish contain species such as snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, and much more. Just west of Sebastian in the City of Fellsmere, you’ll find thousands of acres of freshwater wildernessknown for world famous bass fishing.
Sebastian Inlet is considered the premier saltwater fishing spot on Florida’s east coast. Fishermen flock to the pier at Sebastian Inlet to catch snook, redfish, bluefish, flounder, snapper, grouper, sheepshead, permit, whiting, blues, Spanish mackerel, and various species of shark. Sebastian Inlet also has a fishing museum, Sebastian Fishing Museum, which tells the history of the area’s fishing industry. (Sebastian Inlet State Park is located at 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951. For more information on fishing at Sebastian Inlet, visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/ or check out the live webcam at www.sebastianinletcam.com.)
Just off of our Atlantic Coast, deep sea fishing adventures and various sportfish await you. The Atlantic Ocean offers fishing opportunities for all ages and skill levels. The avid or amateur fisherman can enjoy bottom fishing for hard-fighting tasty snapper and grouper or live baiting and trolling for dolphin, sailfish, king mackerel and more. There are plenty of species of fish to catch in the Atlantic Ocean year round! If you’re looking to go out on a half or full day charter trip, click here to view a list of our local, experienced fishing charters.
The Indian River Lagoon is just one of the many waterways that attracts fisherman to the Sebastian River Area. Being an estuary of national significance, North America’s most biologically diverse, it has more than 2,200 different species of animals and 2,100 species of plants. It is 156 miles and spans through 6 counties varying in width from .5 to 5 miles and averaging 3 feet in depth. The Lagoon serves as a spawning and nursery ground for many different species of oceanic and lagoon fish and shellfish. The diversity of the lagoon draws millions of boaters and fisherman annually. Red drum, spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are the main gamefish sought.
If you head west and take a trip down the St. Sebastian River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon, it will take you back in time. The water is brackish which sustains both freshwater and saltwater species. Some examples of species found in the river are tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, bass and mullet. As you head farther back into the River, it forks off into two mangrove-lined branches. The north fork has been channeled and dammed and is a great place for novice fly anglers to hone their skills. The south fork has remained natural and meandering. This river is lined with sawgrass and mangroves, offering excellent habitat for both predator and prey. A no-wake zone makes the St. Sebastian River a truly peaceful place to fish!
If you head west to Fellsmere, you’ll find some of the best bass fishing in the Country. The Stick Marsh/Farm 13 is a 6,500 acre reservoir near Fellsmere that was created in 1987. The Stick Marsh is a freshwater fisherman’s paradise with its fantastic fishery of Word-class proportions. It is best known for its largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and shellcrackers. Most anglers come to the Stick Marsh looking for double-digit trophy bass! Fishing days of catching and releasing 75+ bass are not unheard of on these lakes.
Blue Cypress Lake, located just west of Fellsmere, is the largest lake in the Treasure Coast and Indian River County. It is the headwater of the St. John’s River and is over 6,500 acres in size and has an average depth of 8 feet. The lake’s name comes from the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water. Blue Cypress Lake offers some of the cleanest water in Florida which makes the perfect home for bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel, crappie, largemouth bass, shellcrackers, and warmouth. The largest largemouth bass on record at the lake weighed in at an impressive 18 pounds, 2 ounces.
Lake Garcia is a 3,149 acre section of Blue Cypress Water Management Area. This impoundment is noted for good numbers of smaller largemouth bass, but does produce its share of trophy bass each year. Largemouth, bluegill and black crappie are the sportfish most often targeted by anglers.
The Stick Marsh, Blue Cypress Lake, and Lake Garcia are considered to be some of the best kept fishing secrets in Central Florida with their premiere bass fishing, along with bluegill, crappie, speck and catfish. These unspoiled waters are also perfect for an airboat captain’s guided tour which is a great way to observe exotic birds, plants, turtles and Florida alligators in their own natural environment.