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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.



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. White Grunt

  2. White Grunt

    There is a 23.52% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 10778 White Grunt counted.

    Clearwater White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 15.3% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 7010 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Clearwater Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  5. Pinfish

  6. Pinfish

    There is a 9.9% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 4534 Pinfish counted.

    Clearwater Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. Black Sea Bass

  8. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 8.06% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 3691 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Clearwater Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  9. Gag Grouper

  10. Gag Grouper

    There is a 6.18% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 2833 Gag Grouper counted.

    Clearwater Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER GAG GROUPER COUNTS CHART


  11. Ladyfish

  12. Ladyfish

    There is a 5.38% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 2466 Ladyfish counted.

    Clearwater Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER LADYFISH COUNTS CHART


  13. Red Grouper

  14. Red Grouper

    There is a 5.1% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 2337 Red Grouper counted.

    Clearwater Red Grouper Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER RED GROUPER COUNTS CHART


  15. Sheepshead

  16. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.96% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 1357 Sheepshead counted.

    Clearwater Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER SHEEPSHEAD COUNTS CHART


  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 2.84% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1302 Gray Snapper counted.

    Clearwater Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  19. Round Scad

  20. Round Scad

    There is a 2.18% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1001 Round Scad counted.

    Clearwater Round Scad Counts Chart
    Round

    ENLARGE CLEARWATER ROUND SCAD COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 104 species of fish and 45820 fish counted for February around Clearwater.

To date, there are 180 species of fish and a total of 2155098 fish counted for Clearwater and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/26/2024 6:20:10 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Clearwater are the following:

  1. EGMONT KEY REEF #26
    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


  2. USS Narcissus
    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


  3. BUOY 3
    27.578333333333 -82.746166666667


  4. BAHIA BEACH REEF (BAY) REEF#3
    BAHIA BEACH REEF (BAY) REEF#3 Depth (in feet) 19 Relief (in feet) 8 Description CONCRETE BRIDGE DECKING RAILINGS AND RUBBLE FROM TREASURE ISLAND CAUSEWAY Date of Dep


  5. Gunsmoke
    Attributes RECRD 2670 VESSLTERMS GUNSMOKE FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 27.559181 LONDEC -83.084667 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 8 SOUNDING_T


  6. MISENER BARGE
    Name MISENER BARGE County MANATEE Depth (in feet) 25 Relief (in feet) 8 Description 100 X 35 X 8 FOOT BARGE ACCIDENTALLY SUNK BY MISENER MARINE Date of Deployment December 19


  7. DESOTO BOAT RAMP


  8. Port Manatee Reef


  9. Bird Key Channel
    Channel with a ledge here that will hold fish.


  10. 7 Mile Mile Reef


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

  3. 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

  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. 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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

  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. T-Kat Fishing Charters
    T-Kat Charters, located in beautiful Treasure Island, Florida, offers superior light-tackle and live bait deep sea fishing in the finest Gulf Coast locations, including Treasure Island, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Enjoy the rod-bending thr

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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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