The pristine, sandy bottoms of Blackwater River set it apart from other fishing rivers in the United States. It attracts anglers seeking a fine fishing destination. Here you’ll find various fish species, such as largemouth bass, striped bass crappie, bluegill, blue catfish, flier, river herring, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, bowfin, gar, American shad, and hickory shad. The lower river features sea trout, redfish, mullet, warmouth, and croakers. Anglers are also drawn to Blackwater River’s excellent bass fishing. The baits used most often include spinner-type plugs and plastic worms.
Blackwater River offers freshwater and saltwater fishing from the banks or a boat. There are boat launches near the entrance that flows to the west fork and at Grocery Place Campsite. There are canoe trail signs along the banks and kayaking route maps available at the ranger station to help you stay on course while fishing from the water. You can park, camp, picnic, hike, or bike along the river within the Collier-Seminole State Park.
You’ll often find snook and redfish along the mangrove shores. The presence of egrets and other birds usually indicates there are fish nearby. Largemouth bass typically swims near fallen trees, overhanging branches, and other structures that provide shelter for spawning and hunting.
You can fish the Blackwater River all year round. Redfish and trout are most active in December through February, with the addition of snook from March through April. Spring is the best time for trophy bass fishing.
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Blackwater River boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Blackwater River.