Cape Coral’s location makes it a prime fishing spot. Canal systems and the Caloosahatchee River provide access to fishing opportunities for both saltwater and freshwater fish. Anglers enjoy targeting inshore and offshore game fish. The most sought-after inshore species include redfish, trout, crappie, bluegill, bass, tarpon, snook, snapper, Spanish mackerel, grouper, tripletail, sheepshead, and more. Targeted offshore species include grouper, snapper, kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, shark, barracuda, tarpon, mahi, wahoo, and giant redfish.
The best places for freshwater fishing at Cape Coral are at the canals, the Caloosahatchee River, and Lake Kennedy. Lake Kennedy is only open during daylight hours. You can fish at the Yacht Club Public Beach and the Four Freedoms Park 24 hours a day. The Yacht Club has two boat launches with access to the river and the Gulf of Mexico. Head to the Matlacha Pass, Estero Bay, or the Pine Island Sound for inshore fishing, where you will find crevalle jack, tripletail, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.
There are many deep sea fishing opportunities at Cape Coral. Head offshore to catch king mackerel and cobia using artificial or live bait with a trolling or jigging setup. You’ll also find mahi-mahi and goliath grouper offshore, best caught with heavy-duty rods and reels. During winter, you can catch Kingfish and Amberjack offshore.
From December to February, you can catch spotted sea trout and redfish in the ocean or largemouth bass in the freshwater lakes and canals. The water is at its clearest in March at Cape Coral and is the best time to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, and peacock bass. All fish are abundant in summer, especially near creek mouths. Freshwater bass fishing is best from October to December.
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Cape Coral boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Cape Coral.