Throughout the calendar year, Florida keeps stable fishing weather. If you are looking to launch the fishing boat, information provided below will assist in locating a launch ramp. A well planned adventurous weekend should include RVing in the great outdoors to compliment fishing. Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing and/or hunting for anyone in Florida must possess a valid freshwater fishing license, saltwater fishing license, and/or hunting license excluding those entitled to exemptions. Fishing gear can occupy a vast amount of room in one's vehicle; a carrier hitch can help create vacancy in one's vehicle by moving that baggage outside. For the purpose of hunting and/or fishing in Florida, a "resident" is defined as someone having lived in Florida for three continuous months prior to applying for a license & who claims Florida as their primary residence. One of the following documents must be submitted as proof of residency in order to get hunting and/or fishing license:
  • Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card
  • Florida Voter's Registration
  • Military orders showing that the applicant is stationed in Florida
  • Florida Homestead Exemption
  • Statement from Florida Landlord
  • Parents Proof of Residency (applicants 18 years of age or younger)
  • Florida Student ID Card (applicants 18 years of age or younger)

Salt Water Fishing

Southwest Florida has a lot of the best backwater fishing in the state. For the uninitiated, backwater fishing, or back country fishing, is angling in the extensive network of bays, mangrove islands & tidal creeks that permeate the region. There is thousands of miles of shoreline, countless oyster bars & acres of sea grass beds that attract an abundance of saltwater fish. Roaming these waters are two of the state's most sought after game fish, the snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, & tarpon. Thousands of anglers come to southwest Florida each year for the chance at a grand slam, catching one individual of each species in one day.

Perhaps the most significant factor contributing to the region's excellent fishing reputation are the immense tracks of fresh & saltwater wetlands protected by state and/or federal laws. The Charlotte Harbor - Pine Island Sound area, one of the largest estuaries in Florida, has comparatively tidy water that supports extensive grass beds & stands of mangroves. Several immense sections of this estuarine complex are designated as state aquatic preserves & there is strict regulations that protect the water quality & marine life in the method Rookery Bay, between Naples & Marco Island, & the waters from Marco Island in to the upper part of the Ten Thousand Islands are also Aquatic Preserves. The upper part of the Ten Thousand Islands is slated to become a National Wildlife Refuge while the lower portion has been an element of Everglades National Park for lots of years.

Fresh Water Fishing

Southwest Florida, at first glance, doesn't sound like a fresh-water angler's paradise. The region only has a handful of natural lakes & one, Lake Trafford in the farming community of Immokalee is available to the public. There is plenty of other lakes in the region but, they are all made-made rock pits or water retention areas for the numerous housing & golf work developments. Most of them are stocked & offer some excellent bass, catfish & panfish fishing. But, because they can be found on private property, fishing is usually restricted to residents & their guests. If in doubt, assume the lake is private & ask for permission before wetting your line. Don't construe the shortage of natural lakes & the restricted use artificial lakes with a lack of places to fresh-water fish. Southwest Florida has hundreds of miles of drainage canals containing tons of fish. There region has four major canal systems: Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral & Golden Gate. Positive parts of each process are locally famous for lovely bass & panfish fishing. Each process has a few boat ramps, some bridges to fish from & plenty of areas where you can fish from the banks.

Driving around the region you will also notice that there is drainage canals along lots of of the major roads. Don't overlook these as feasible fishing spots. If there is a safe place to pull off the road, cease & give it a try. You will notice people doing this every day & they usually are catching fish. This part of the state has year-round largemouth bass & panfish fishing. Most of the bigger bass are caught in the work of the cooler months when the fish are more actively feeding & at their peak bedding time. Panfish, including bluegills & redear sunfish will always bite a worm, cricket or small minnow. Black crappie, preferring colder waters, are not as prevalent in this part of the state. Put off winterizing your RV or boat because Lake Trafford has the best crappie fishing in the region with the winter month being best. Oscars, exotic fish that are working their way in to southwest Florida from the Miami area, can be plentiful in the freshwater canals, along the US 41 canal in eastern Collier County. Catfish, mudfish & several species of gar are also common freshwater residents.