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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 18.24% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1986 Spotted Seatrout counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART
There is a 12.36% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 1346 Spotted Sunfish counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER SPOTTED SUNFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 10.14% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1104 Gray Snapper counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART
There is a 8.35% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 909 Largemouth Bass counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART
There is a 7.15% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 779 Red Drum counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER RED DRUM COUNTS CHART
There is a 5.26% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 573 White Grunt counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.66% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 508 Ladyfish counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER LADYFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.41% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 480 Pinfish counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER PINFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.34% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 473 Striped Mullet counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART
There is a 3.65% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 397 Gag Grouper counted.
ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GAG GROUPER COUNTS CHART
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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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