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.
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There is a 37.44% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 55738 Bluegill counted.
There is a 36.42% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 54217 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.
There is a 5.92% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 8814 Warmouth counted.
There is a 2.5% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 3728 Spotted Seatrout counted.
There is a 1.81% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2700 Pinfish counted.
There is a 1.8% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 2675 Largemouth Bass counted.
There is a 1.73% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 2575 Redear Sunfish counted.
There is a 1.52% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 2268 Black Crappie counted.
There is a 1.4% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 2079 Spotted Sunfish counted.
There is a 1.01% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1499 White Grunt counted.
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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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