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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.



Crystal River Fishing Forecast

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 26.1% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 6972 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Crystal River Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  3. Hardhead Catfish

  4. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 10.4% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 2777 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Crystal River Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Pinfish

  6. Pinfish

    There is a 9.06% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2419 Pinfish counted.

    Crystal River Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 7.66% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 2045 White Grunt counted.

    Crystal River White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART


  9. Gag Grouper

  10. Gag Grouper

    There is a 6.2% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1657 Gag Grouper counted.

    Crystal River Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GAG GROUPER COUNTS CHART


  11. Black Sea Bass

  12. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 5.87% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1568 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Crystal River Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 4.86% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1299 Red Drum counted.

    Crystal River Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  15. Gafftopsail Catfish

  16. Gafftopsail Catfish

    There is a 3.95% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 1054 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.

    Crystal River Gafftopsail Catfish Counts Chart
    Gafftopsail

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GAFFTOPSAIL CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 3.59% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 958 Gray Snapper counted.

    Crystal River Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  19. Ladyfish

  20. Ladyfish

    There is a 2.81% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 750 Ladyfish counted.

    Crystal River Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER LADYFISH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 98 species of fish and 26709 fish counted for June around Crystal River.

To date, there are 152 species of fish and a total of 364118 fish counted for Crystal River and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1890 (134 years).

Last Update: 6/10/2024 11:44:32 AM

*** 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 Crystal River are the following:

  1. CITRUS #2 BIG BEND REEFS
    CITRUS #2 BIG BEND REEFS CONSIST OF 96 PRE-FABRICATED CONCRETE CUBES, ONE METER (3 feet of relief) ON A SIDE-50M SPACED HEXAGON WEIGHING OVER 120 TONS.    


  2. ST Martins Reef
    ST Martins Reef


  3. wreck-7949


  4. Gomez Rocks
    Gomez Rocks


  5. Jewfish Sink


  6. wreck-7966


  7. Ozello Fishing Pier


  8. CITRUS #1 BIG BEND REEFS
    CITRUS #1 BIG BEND REEFS


  9. AUTO & CONCRETE
    28.887383333333 -82.828933333333


  10. wreck-9269
    Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, dangerous chart US,US,graph,Chart 11400 latdec 28.7362405 londec -82.8378114 depth sounding_type history quasou watlev a


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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
    Fish Crystal River is a fishing charter in crystal river that offers inshore and offshore fishing trips for redfish, Snook, Trout, Snapper, Grouper and more!

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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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