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Clearwater Fishing

Clearwater Fishing

Clearwater, Florida is a coastal city that has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. The area was originally inhabited by the Tocobaga Native American tribe and later became a center of commercial fishing. Fort Harrison was built in what is now Clearwater in 1835 during the Seminole Wars. The fort was on a bluff that overlooks Clearwater Harbor and is now the Harbor Oaks neighborhood. A road connecting Clearwater to Tampa was constructed in 1849. In the early 1900s, Clearwater became a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and warm weather. The city underwent significant growth and development in the mid-20th century and has since become a major city in the Tampa Bay area. Over the years, Clearwater has also become known for its cultural events and festivals, excellent fishing, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Common species that are caught while inshore Clearwater fishing are Gray Snapper (Mangrove Snapper), Kingfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and Tarpon. Inshore reefs and nearshore waters are brimming with Gag Grouper, Gray Snapper, Red Snapper, Red Grouper, and White Grunt. Top species that you may want to venture offshore for are Gag Grouper and Red Grouper. Over the reefs nearshore there are lots of Barracuda, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and King Mackerel. Further offshore, one might catch Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, or Yellowfin Tuna.

If you like to catch monster fish, consider trying to reel in a Goliath Grouper. This species often reaches 800 pounds and 8 feet in length. A record 116-pound Cubera Snapper was also caught in Clearwater, proving that this is a top fishing destination.

Top Clearwater Fishing Spots

  1. PASCO REEF #4
    4/13/2011 4:20:43 PM - Name PASCO REEF #4 County PASCO Depth (in feet) 27 Relief (in feet) 8 Description "272 PIECES OF CONCRETE 1RST OF TWO LOADS" Date of Deployment June 3 1998 Primary

    4/13/2011 4:19:49 PM - EGMONT KEY REEF #26 (Bay) Relief (in feet) 8 Description GULF PIER -FT. DESOTO PILE CUTOFFS Date of Deployment May 17 2002 Primary Material CONCRETE PILE CUTOFFS Ton

  3. Sheridan Wreck
    6/4/2012 11:37:11 PM - MV D.T. Sheridan GPS Coordinates: latitude: 27°52.562' N longitude: 083°11.140' W depth: 82 max. D. T. Sheridan is an 180 foot Ocean going tug that now rests

    5/6/2011 11:53:46 PM - 37 CONCRETE CULVERTS

  5. USS Narcissus
    7/16/2012 6:29:30 PM - The USS Narcissus is a screw steamer launched in July 1863 as Mary Cook at East Albany, N.Y. It was purchased by the Union Navy at New York City on 23 September 1863 from Ja

    5/6/2011 11:53:42 PM - CONCRETE RUBBLE]]> 27.9195 -83.026

    5/6/2011 11:52:50 PM - 28.0316833333333 -83.0484666666667

  8. BUOY 3
    5/6/2011 11:51:25 PM - 27.578333333333 -82.746166666667

  9. Jewfish Sink
    1/13/2018 11:02:12 PM -

  10. Courtney Campbell Causeway - Little Bridge
    4/11/2013 3:46:32 AM -

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Clearwater Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Clearwater, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 16.85% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 11252 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Clearwater Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 15.73% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 10501 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Clearwater Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 11.95% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 7979 White Grunt counted.

    Clearwater White Grunt Counts Chart


  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 9.13% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 6095 Pinfish counted.

    Clearwater Pinfish Counts Chart


  9. Sheepshead

  10. Sheepshead

    There is a 5.39% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 3596 Sheepshead counted.

    Clearwater Sheepshead Counts Chart


  11. Spanish Mackerel

  12. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 5.28% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 3524 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Clearwater Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Gag Grouper

  14. Gag Grouper

    There is a 3.9% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 2607 Gag Grouper counted.

    Clearwater Gag Grouper Counts Chart


  15. Ladyfish

  16. Ladyfish

    There is a 3.8% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 2540 Ladyfish counted.

    Clearwater Ladyfish Counts Chart


  17. King Mackerel

  18. King Mackerel

    There is a 2.88% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 1924 King Mackerel counted.

    Clearwater King Mackerel Counts Chart


  19. Black Sea Bass

  20. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 2.78% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1854 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Clearwater Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 104 species of fish and 66778 fish counted for March around Clearwater.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 1678713 fish counted for Clearwater and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (163 years).

Last Update: 3/22/2023 10:01:25 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full Clearwater Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Clearwater Fishing Reports

  • Spring Fishing is Here
    3/23/2023 5:44:07 PM - It’s what we’ve been waiting for – fantastic spring fishing. Our flats trips have been crazy good with snook and redfish the main targets. The [...] The post Spring Fishing i

  • Fishing Report – March 20th 2023
    3/21/2023 8:42:05 AM - Here is the March 20th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – March 20th 2023 appeare

  • Fishing Report – March 4th 2023
    3/16/2023 3:54:26 PM - Here is the March 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – March 4th 2023 appeared

  • Finest Florida Fishing
    2/20/2023 3:57:47 AM - There are beautiful skies and bountiful catches to be had here in Florida along with the finest fishing that the west coast has to offer right here in god’s country of sport

  • Nice Trout Bite – reds too
    2/10/2023 6:08:10 PM - The trout fishing has been solid around the spoil islands of St. Joseph Sound south of the Anclote River. This is a great area of [...] The post Nice Trout Bite – reds too ap

  • That time of year for Fishing Charters Tampa
    2/7/2023 7:15:05 AM - Its getting to be that time of year for fishing charters Tampa. Great fishing with some great action. As our weather begins to start warming and we move into spring it will b

  • Fishing Report – February 4th 2023
    2/6/2023 4:07:22 PM - Here is the February 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – February 4th 2023 app

  • Best live bait fishing charters in Florida
    1/31/2023 12:31:44 AM - The clock has struck! Reports captain John Fischbach a west central Florida Gulf coast  professional salt water sport fishing guide service based out of Tarpon Springs New Po

  • Fishing Report – January 20th 2023
    1/21/2023 3:33:58 PM - Here is the January 20th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – January 20th 2023 app

  • Fishing Report – January 4th 2023
    1/4/2023 8:18:26 AM - Here is the January 4th 2023 fishing report. My reports are published in the Tampa Bay Times every 4th and 20th of the month! The post Fishing Report – January 4th 2023 appea

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Top Clearwater Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 4th Street Tackle
    4th Street Tackle is a new bait and tackle shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. We offer you top name brands, excellent service, and tackle for all types of fishing situations. Whether your fishing the mangroves or grass flats in the upper Tampa Bay or t

  2. Tampa Bay Bait N' Tackle
    Tampa Bay Bait and Tackle is the largest salt and fresh water bait supplier in the Tampa Bay area.

  3. Captain K's Bait & Tackle
    We're located in St. Petersburg, FL and home to a bait, tackle & fishing charter center. Karen is a Florida native and has been fishing the Gulf and bay waters her entire life. We're here to serve the St. Petersburg, Treasure Island and Tampa B

  4. Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Inc.
    Since 1944 we have provided the highest quality fishing baits and related products to fishermen

  5. Bill Jackson's Outdoor Adventure Store
    A one-of-a-kind outdoor sports store serving the Tampa Bay area since 1951

  6. Bait House
    Open since the 1940s, The Bait House Tackle & Tavern is located in the marina on beautiful Clearwater Beach. We are proud to offer the freshest fish, highest quality tackle and gear, and some of the best food on the beach. Our daily menu features

  7. Betts Fishing Center
    Betts Fishing Center is a family-owned tackle store that has been serving anglers in Pinellas County

  8. Indian Rocks Tackle

  9. Dogfish Tackle Co

  10. Mirrolure

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Top Clearwater Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Absolute Flats Fishing
    Absolute Florida Flats Fishing with local saltwater guide, Capt. Rich Knox, who has been a fishing guide service on the West Central FL Gulf Coast for over 20 years, fishes the beautiful expansive Florida Gulf Coast from Tampa Bay to New Port Richey,

  2. 2 Shea Charters
    My years of experience in the Gulf give me an unmatched knowledge of its seasons and spots and the 2 Shea is more than ready to carry you quickly and comfortably to them. Whether you are after some nice grouper just off-shore or those large amberjack

  3. GulfStar Fishing
    World class fishing-first class service..We Catch EM!

  4. Salty Dog Charters LLC
    Salty Dog Charters is a family owned and operated fishing charter business. We are currently running our charters out of Johns Pass in Treasure Island Florida. We are fully licensed and insured and the boat is periodically surveyed to ensure we are i

  5. Capt. John O'Hanlon Fishing Expeditions
    We are fishing the St. Joseph Sound area. Featuring Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island and Three Rooker Bar. The Islands offer a convenient access from Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs. Both Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are

  6. Captain Brian Caudill Inshore Fishing Charters
    Clearwater Fishing Guide Capt. Brian Caudill has expert knowledge of the shallow water flats, beautiful mangrove islands and sandy beaches around Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. With his extensive knowledge of C

  7. Double Eagle Deep Sea Fishing
    ocked in the Clearwater Municipal Marina on Clearwater Beach the Double Eagle fishing fleet is conveniently located to Tampa and St. Petersburg on the gulf coast of Florida. Whether you're an avid angler or novice, a vacationing family or busines

  8. Skinny Water Charter
    Pro Fishing Guide For Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island Beach, & St. Petersburg Beach Areas.

  9. FishTaxi Charters
    Clearwater Deep Sea Fishing Charters at their finest! Our Tampa Bay offshore fishing specialist, Captain Ryan, specializes in catching Grouper, Red Snapper, Amberjack, Kingfish, Mackerel, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, and many other deep sea fish species.

  10. Above Average Charters
    We are located in sunny Clearwater Florida, just a few steps away from beautiful Clearwater Beach in the Clearwater Municipal Marina. We offer deep sea fishing or sport fishing charters for beginners to experienced anglers.

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Top Clearwater Marinas

  1. Anclote Village Marina
    Located at the mouth of the Anclote River, Anclote Village Marina offers unparalleled access to the Gulf of Mexico. Both wet and dry slips are available, along with a fleet of rental boats.

  2. Hubbard's Marina
    Hubbard's Marina is the Original Pary boat fishing fleet and Dolphin watching company in the State of Florida! We have been in operation since 1928, fishing local waters for over 80 Years! We offer 5,10,12 & 39 hour party boat fishing trips.

  3. Antigua Cove Marina

  4. Tampa Harbour
    Tampa Harbour is the answer to all your boating needs. Our convenient South Tampa location is just seconds to the open waters of Old Tampa Bay. For landlubbers we are the home of the world famous “Hula Bay Club” and “Duke’s Retired Surfers Bar”. Just

  5. Sunset Landing Marina

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