Crystal River Fishing

Crystal River Fishing

Crystal River is a coastal city in Florida known for good fishing opportunities. You may even spot manatees if you visit in the winter because hundreds of manatees gather around the warm springs in Crystal River. The winter water isn't cold here like it is in many areas, which is what attracts not only the manatees, but also lots of fish from the Gulf of Mexico where the water becomes cold. This is one of many reason fishing Crystal River is great all year round.

An abundance of fish is available near the shore in Crystal River, making it a great place for inshore fishing. You can catch both saltwater and freshwater fish in Crystal River. Common species include Sheepshead, Redfish, Largemouth Bass, Snook, and Spotted Seatrout. There is also good Bluefish, Flounder, Pompano, and Crevalle Jack fishing.

Nearshore you might catch Barracuda, Cobia. King Mackerel, or Spanish Mackerel if you're lucky. Plenty of other fish species live in the nearshore waters of Crystal River too, including Grunts, Triggerfish, Snappers, and Groupers. Mangrove Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Gag Grouper, and Red Grouper are the most common of the bottom species. For those who venture way offshore Mahi-mahi and a few Blackfin Tuna are possible.

Top Crystal River Fishing Spots


  2. ST Martins Reef
    12/7/2016 7:20:17 PM - ST Martins Reef

  3. wreck-7949
    9/23/2014 9:55:27 PM -

    5/6/2011 11:50:54 PM - 28.887383333333 -82.828933333333

  5. Ozello Fishing Pier
    6/9/2012 11:50:19 PM -

    5/17/2014 1:28:23 AM - CITRUS #1 BIG BEND REEFS

  7. wreck-7966
    9/23/2014 9:55:29 PM -

  8. ROCK
    5/6/2011 11:53:37 PM - 28.8658833333333 -83.1614166666667

    5/6/2011 11:54:40 PM - 28.8671666666667 -82.751

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

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Crystal River Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Crystal River, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 32.1% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 8106 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  3. White Grunt

  4. White Grunt

    There is a 7.4% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1868 White Grunt counted.

  5. Pinfish

  6. Pinfish

    There is a 7.23% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1827 Pinfish counted.

  7. Hardhead Catfish

  8. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 7.19% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1815 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  9. Black Sea Bass

  10. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 6.34% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1602 Black Sea Bass counted.

  11. Gag Grouper

  12. Gag Grouper

    There is a 5.56% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1404 Gag Grouper counted.

  13. Gafftopsail Catfish

  14. Gafftopsail Catfish

    There is a 4.78% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 1207 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.

  15. Red Drum

  16. Red Drum

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 917 Red Drum counted.

  17. Ladyfish

  18. Ladyfish

    There is a 3.26% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 824 Ladyfish counted.

  19. Gray Snapper

  20. Gray Snapper

    There is a 2.57% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 649 Gray Snapper counted.

Recommedations above based on 69 species of fish and 25256 fish counted for May around Crystal River.

To date, there are 112 species of fish and a total of 225037 fish counted for Crystal River and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Top Crystal River Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Pete's Pier
    Pete's Pier is the perfect place to launch for all your saltwater adventures! Nestled in the heart of Crystal River is Pete's Pier. Whether you're coming for bait, boat storage, or to view the fresh catch of the day we are the first plac

  2. Tee's 2.0 Bait Mkt
    We specialize in live bait but have a selection of basic tackle and fishing needs for freshwater and Gulf

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Top Crystal River Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Captain Dan Clymer
    I provide full or half day inshore and offshore fishing charters in the Crystal River and Homosassa areas. I have a lifetime of knowledge on Citrus County's waters and look forward to a memorable day on the water with you.

  2. High Octane Fishing LLC
    Here at High Octane Fishing LLC we provide inshore, offshore, scalloping and shark fishing charters in Crystal River, Florida.

  3. Florida Fishing Adventures
    We specialize in Shallow Water Grouper, Inshore Fishing, and Scalloping.

  4. Salt River Outfitters
    Inshore fishing Charters; Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon.

  5. Captains Cove Outfitters

  6. Spottails Charters

  7. Fish Crystal River
    Fishing charter located in Crystal River, Florida.

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Top Crystal River Marinas

  1. Pete's Pier
    Pete's Pier is the perfect place to launch for all your saltwater adventures! Nestled in the heart of Crystal River is Pete's Pier. Whether you're coming for bait, boat storage, or to view the fresh catch of the day we are the first plac

  2. B's Marina & Campground
    Your Nature's Coast Destination Resort on the beautiful Withlacoochee river, with deep water, no bridges, just 2.5 miles from the gulf of Mexico!

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