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 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 37.44% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 55738 Bluegill counted.

  3. Bluespotted Sunfish

  4. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 36.42% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 54217 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

  5. Warmouth

  6. Warmouth

    There is a 5.92% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 8814 Warmouth counted.

  7. Spotted Seatrout

  8. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.5% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 3728 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 1.81% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2700 Pinfish counted.

  11. Largemouth Bass

  12. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 1.8% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 2675 Largemouth Bass counted.

  13. Redear Sunfish

  14. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 1.73% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 2575 Redear Sunfish counted.

  15. Black Crappie

  16. Black Crappie

    There is a 1.52% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 2268 Black Crappie counted.

  17. Spotted Sunfish

  18. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 1.4% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 2079 Spotted Sunfish counted.

  19. White Grunt

  20. White Grunt

    There is a 1.01% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1499 White Grunt counted.

Recommedations above based on 76 species of fish and 148858 fish counted for September around Crystal River.

To date, there are 136 species of fish and a total of 527274 fish counted for Crystal River and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1890 (132 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 6:55:57 PM

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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Latest Crystal River Fishing Reports

  • The When and How for Redfish in Crystal River
    9/19/2022 12:38:35 PM - Fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy nature. If you’re lucky you might even catch a fish or two! If you’re planning on fishing for redfish in Crystal...

  • What to Expect in Crystal River Fl in September
    9/12/2022 12:26:17 PM - Crystal River is a world-famous destination for fishing and September is an ideal time to visit if you’re hoping to snag a big one. Here’s a quick guide to some...

  • Fishing for Gag Grouper in Crystal River: September
    9/5/2022 1:13:58 PM - Gag grouper are a popular game fish in the Florida panhandle. They can be caught in many places but the Crystal River area is especially well-known for its gag grouper...

  • Switching Gears: Shallow Water Grouper
    8/22/2022 2:00:04 PM - As the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter many anglers start to think about switching gears and targeting shallow water grouper. This type of fishing can...

  • Redfish Bite Is On Inshore Grouper Around The Corner
    8/16/2022 1:59:25 PM - Late summertime fishing is heating up in Florida. The redfish bite has turned on providing great action for catch and release anglers as well as some excellent table fare. Sep

  • August Means Big Redfish in Crystal River FL
    8/8/2022 3:30:22 PM - If you’re looking for an August fishing adventure that will take your breath away look no further than Crystal River FL. Late summer is when the big redfish come out...

  • Shallow Water Grouper Fishing Kicks Off Sept. 1
    8/2/2022 10:01:34 AM - Late summer is a great time to be on the water fishing in Florida. The redfish bite is hot and scalloping season is in full swing. But for those anglers...

  • The Crystal River August Redfish Run 2022
    7/25/2022 6:04:11 PM - It’s that time of year again when redfish invade Crystal River in search of an easy meal. Get ready to wet a line because the 2022 August redfish run is...

  • Crystal River Fishing In Late Summer
    7/18/2022 6:52:39 PM - If you’re considering going on a fishing charter late summer is a great time to do it! The Crystal River flats are teeming with fish this time of year and...

  • Planning The Perfect Scalloping Boat Experience In Crystal River
    7/11/2022 7:57:09 PM - Scalloping is a great activity for the whole family and there’s no better place to do it than in Crystal River Florida. Here are a few tips to help you...

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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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