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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.



Top Crystal River Fishing Spots

  1. CITRUS #2 BIG BEND REEFS
    4/13/2011 4:19:33 PM - 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
    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. AUTO & CONCRETE
    5/6/2011 11:50:54 PM - 28.887383333333 -82.828933333333


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


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


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


  9. Gomez Rocks
    6/1/2017 8:49:29 AM - Gomez Rocks


  10. wreck-9269
    3/14/2015 12:52:09 AM - 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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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 18.24% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1986 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Crystal River Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  3. Spotted Sunfish

  4. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 12.36% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 1346 Spotted Sunfish counted.

    Crystal River Spotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER SPOTTED SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 10.14% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1104 Gray Snapper counted.

    Crystal River Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  7. Largemouth Bass

  8. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 8.35% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 909 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Crystal River Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 7.15% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 779 Red Drum counted.

    Crystal River Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  11. White Grunt

  12. White Grunt

    There is a 5.26% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 573 White Grunt counted.

    Crystal River White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART


  13. Ladyfish

  14. Ladyfish

    There is a 4.66% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 508 Ladyfish counted.

    Crystal River Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER LADYFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Pinfish

  16. Pinfish

    There is a 4.41% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 480 Pinfish counted.

    Crystal River Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Striped Mullet

  18. Striped Mullet

    There is a 4.34% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 473 Striped Mullet counted.

    Crystal River Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  19. Gag Grouper

  20. Gag Grouper

    There is a 3.65% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 397 Gag Grouper counted.

    Crystal River Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

    ENLARGE CRYSTAL RIVER GAG GROUPER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 62 species of fish and 10891 fish counted for February around Crystal River.

To date, there are 133 species of fish and a total of 428307 fish counted for Crystal River and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1890 (133 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 4:30:25 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.

View full Crystal River Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

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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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