Greater Fort Lauderdale is a catch when it comes to reeling in prized fish. Whether you’re an avid angler or a first-time fisher, you’re in for a treat when it comes to fishing in the waters of Greater Fort Lauderdale. It’s where grand fishing tales happen year-round, and with so many ways to fish here, you can easily find a new fishing adventure every day of your vacation.
You don't have to look very far. We have deep Atlantic waters right offshore, plenty of fresh-water lakes, tucked-away canals, and are near the bustling Gulf Stream. One day, you can go on a deep-sea fishing charter and reel in a trophy fish for display or dinner, and the next, toss a line from a municipal pier and jetty or fish for bass in the Everglades or a local lake.
Greater Fort Lauderdale’s waters are teeming with a mind-blowing variety of fish, including many dramatic catches like sailfish, marlin and swordfish.
Anglers can land grouper, snapper, mahi-mahi, barracuda, and wahoo almost year-round. During the springtime, catch bottom fish, including amberjacks and grouper, around the wrecks. Come for the summer bonanza of mahi-mahi, wahoo, skipjack, and even blue marlin. Your best chance of landing heavyweights like tarpon is inshore during spring and early summer. In the winter season, score prized catches, including sailfish, kingfish and swordfish offshore.
If you’re looking for the bucket-list fish (also, the Instagram-worthy ones), head to the Gulf Stream to fish for wahoo, tuna, sailfish, swordfish, and marlin. Jet out to the Intracoastal Waterway for impressive tarpon, snook, and redfish or hang out in the canals to fish for peacock bass or even tarpon and snook in saltier water.
You don’t need a boat to catch the “big one” in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Try your luck at one of the area’s many piers, where you’ll find everything you need to fish.
A favorite spot is Anglins Fishing Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, where there’s a bait shop, and the fishing fee is $7. Open 24-hours a day, hook pompano, mackerel, jacks, and maybe even a shark during your visit.
Just a few miles north is the newly revamped Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach. The end of the landmark pier is shaped like the head of the city’s namesake pompano fish. There’s a peep-hole into the water where the fish’s eye would be, plus plenty of shade to hide from the sun. Catch snapper, mackerel, snook, and cobia here. If the fish don't bite, you don’t want to miss out on a delicious seafood meal found at nearby restaurants like Beach House Pompano and Lucky Fish.
Over at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, you can rent rods, bait, and other fishing accessories. Check for conditions at this pier’s three live cameras with views of the pier, the beach and even an underwater camera! And in laidback Dania Beach, the fishing pier is a relaxing spot to cast your line or look at what the locals are catching.
Whether you’re a pro or a novice, fishing charters offer the chance to spend an epic day on the water.
With All-Inclusive Sportfishing, choose between offshore fishing and swordfish charters and even kite fishing if you'd like to score sailfish, dolphin, kingfish, and more. You can also jet off with Action Sportfishing for light tackle action both offshore and inshore, and whatever you catch that’s edible is yours, and the dirty work like cleaning the fish is provided on the charter. Or hop on the family-run Top Shot Sportfishing Charters, which boasts nearly 50 years of fishing experience in South Florida. You tell them what you’re aiming to catch, from sport fish to the ones you hook and cook, and they’ll work to find you your desired fish.
Many people often overlook the freshwater fishing available in Greater Fort Lauderdale. If you want to explore the wild world of the Florida Everglades, Everglades Holiday Park and Sawgrass Recreation Park offer boat rentals and guided trips to snag largemouth bass, peacock bass, and more while watching for alligators and wading birds. Bass Online Fishing Outfitters will whisk you away and guide you in catching largemouth bass, peacock bass, and the Asian snakehead. Other good spots for bass are the canals in and around Markham Park in Sunrise and along the Everglades Conservation Levee Greenway.
From the moment you head on or near the water, Greater Fort Lauderdale will undoubtedly become your new favorite fishing destination.