Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale has the nickname "Venice of America" due to the over 300 miles of canals that weave through the city. Not only are there a lot of fish to catch in those canals, but there is also very good nearshore fishing on the many reefs and shipwrecks off the beach, and many different offshore species for anglers to target.

Offshore fishing out of Fort Lauderdale offers anglers the ability to catch many different species off billfish, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish. Tuna fishing the Gulf Stream can be rewarding with Blackfin, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna. Ther eis also excellent Mahi-mahi and Wahoo fishing nearly all year long.

Fishing the many reefs and wrecks near Fort Lauderdale provides fishermen with excellent catches of Grouper and Snapper most of the year. Trolling these waters will produce King Mackerel and Baracuda. Fishing the many canals, bridges, and inshore waters in Fort Lauderdale gives anglers the opportunity to target Tarpon, Pompano, Jacks, Drum, and Flounder much of the year.

Top Fort Lauderdale Fishing Spots


  2. Yamato Rock
    1/13/2018 11:04:07 PM - Limestone rocks on Atlantic S Highland Beach that hold lots of fish on the shoreline. 

    4/13/2011 4:21:10 PM - Name SITE D - JOE'S NIGHTMARE BARGE IS A 90 FT. BY 30 FT. STEEL BARGE Date of Deployment December 31 1996 

  4. Sheepshead Rock
    3/23/2017 3:19:20 PM - Close to the dock at 17th Street Bridge is a rock that holds Sheepshead at low tide.

  5. Fink's Grouper Hole
    1/13/2018 11:03:53 PM -

  6. Gary's Spot
    9/12/2016 11:14:16 PM - Good grouper fishing spot.

  7. Mashed Potatoes
    1/20/2017 1:32:32 PM - Lots of lumps in this area. This spot marks a rise.

  8. Miami Terrace
    4/26/2017 1:08:53 AM -

  9. Offshore Hump
    9/12/2016 11:12:57 PM - Good deep drop area for Swordfish.

  10. Artificial
    6/10/2012 4:02:52 AM -

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Fort Lauderdale, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 16.35% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 3782 Scaled Sardine counted.

  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 10.31% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 2386 Mahi-mahi counted.

  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 10.01% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 2316 White Grunt counted.

  7. King Mackerel

  8. King Mackerel

    There is a 4.46% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 1032 King Mackerel counted.

  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 4.04% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 935 Pinfish counted.

  11. Blue Runner

  12. Blue Runner

    There is a 3.96% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 917 Blue Runner counted.

  13. Yellowtail Snapper

  14. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 3.19% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 737 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

  15. Gray Snapper

  16. Gray Snapper

    There is a 2.96% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 684 Gray Snapper counted.

  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 2.84% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 656 Little Tunny counted.

  19. Spanish Mackerel

  20. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 2.34% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 542 Spanish Mackerel counted.

Recommedations above based on 115 species of fish and 23132 fish counted for May around Fort Lauderdale.

To date, there are 133 species of fish and a total of 313050 fish counted for Fort Lauderdale and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Fort Lauderdale Fishing Reports

  • Toughing it out May 21 2022
    5/21/2022 8:52:00 PM - Today was a 180 degree difference from yesterday with high winds very cloudy conditions and the threat of rain all trip long as Ash and Parker fished with me.  They wanted bo

  • 4 Days with Mike May 16-20 2022
    5/21/2022 4:00:00 PM - The last few days have been tough and therefore I haven't even posted reports about them but a few days of slow fishing and then being left at the dock by a no show client wa

  • Mid May fishing charters in Ft. Lauderdale
    5/20/2022 6:38:19 PM - And now we find ourselves over half way through the month of May. We are fishing every day so please reach me direct @ 954-778-8173 with any and all questions and for sure rea

  • Alec is back! May 18 2022
    5/18/2022 8:44:00 PM - Alec usually fishes full days with me but today life got in the way and could only do a half day in the afternoon with the goal of just catching fish and use his new GoPro. 

  • 4th Quarter 2 minutes left May 12 2022
    5/12/2022 9:20:00 PM -  John jumps in the boat and tells me he has tried to catch bonefish for years but caught tarpon and bonefish instead.  Ha poor guy!  Anyway off to go bonefishing we went.  Sp

  • Early May fishing charters Ft. Lauderdale
    5/12/2022 4:07:11 AM - Small front passing through today.  The last two have been severely weakened as they move through the state but with the weakening also seems to come a slowdown in movement an

  • The deadly Duo May 4 5 &6 2022
    5/11/2022 9:25:00 AM - I could not have two better guys on board for three days.  Matt and Mo are from Martha's Vineyard and they can fish and throw a fly.  We had three perfect May days as May sho

  • Sometimes I myself wonder May 10 2022
    5/10/2022 9:32:00 AM - After a day off a cancellation and a couple of rod bending trips I had John on board for a full day of fly fishing.  The day definitely did not have the typical calm wind May

  • Oh so close so many times! May 2 2022
    5/2/2022 9:20:00 AM - I had Nick on board today with fly rod in hand for some general fly catching so we started off for snook where he had a couple of hits but swings and miss.  WIth the wind inc

  • Finally a great weather day!
    5/1/2022 11:46:47 AM - Today I fished with Mark Annie and kids Matt and Lauren in Whitewater Bay. Mark had called awhile back and explained he wanted his kids to fish the back country. Mark explain

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Top Fort Lauderdale Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Ace's Bait & Tackle Marine, Co.
    Live Bait , live shrimp. live goggle eyes, live pilchards.

  2. Bill Boyds Tackle and Gun Shop
    We are located in Downtown Ft Lauderdale in the old AA Lock & Gun building. We have a Gunrange available as well as Gunshop & Tackle Store. If we don't have an item in stock we can special order anything you want. We offer New & Used

  3. Atlantic Bait & Tackle Inc
    Bait, Tackle and Services for Fresh and Saltwater Fishing.

  4. Anglers Bait & Tackle
    Established for more than 45 years, Anglers Tackle, Inc., has established a reputation of honesty, affordability, and quality bait and tackle. Our expert fisherman can provide you with the tips, tools, and techniques you need to catch yellowtail, kin

  5. Blue Ocean Tackle Inc
    Saltwater Fishing Supply, Frozen Bait, Monofilament, Lead Sinkers, Buoys, Commercial Fishing Reels

  6. B J's Bait & Tackle
    We are located in Plantation Florida just 15 minutes from the Everglades or your favorite fishing hole. Our staff is very friendly and helpful. We have been serving the community for 33 years in this location. If you are a serious tournament fisherma

  7. Bionic Bait
    Known for being the largest producer of ballyhoo in the world, Bionic Bait is a top saltwater bait company. High quality products, consistent supply and on time deliveries are the cornerstones of Bionic Bait’s dedication to excellent customer service

  8. Competition Tackle & Marine

  9. Chaos Rods

  10. Stuart Industries

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Top Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fishing Headquarters
    Let's go fishing in Fort Lauderdale on one of our sportfishing charter boats, or join us for a drift fishing trip aboard our 85' Catch My Drift party boat. Bring the family or host your company convention with South Florida's premier fish

  2. Lady Pamela II
    Enjoy Lady Pamela's latest Fort Lauderdale fishing action in the beautiful aqua blue waters just off the coast of Ft Lauderdale Florida. Witness the fast paced action of south Florida sportfishing with Captain David Ide and crew aboard Lady Pamel

  3. Hooked Up Sportfishing Charters
    My name is Taco and I run the best Fort Lauderdale fishing charter in South Florida! Heck, you won't have a better time on any fishing boat from West Palm to Miami. Why, because you get a sport fishing captain who has fished the waters of Fort La

  4. Reel Work Sport Fishing Charters
    For the best deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale has to offer, the REEL WORK is the charter fishing boat for you! Located in the marina on Seabreeze Boulevard at East Las Olas Boulevard, the REEL WORK is within easy walking distance of the world famous

  5. Everglades Fishing with Tony
    Florida Everglades Bass Fishing is rated #1 in the Country for number of fish caught per hour. Don’t miss out on the incredible action pack Everglades fishing trips!

  6. Hawg Hunter Guide Service
    merica’s Original “Hawg Hunter Guide Service” for Florida Bass Fishing guides, the official website as viewed on ESPN and many other Outdoor fishing shows. Often seen fishing with our professional North, South & Central Florida bass fishing guide

  7. Happy Day Today Charters
    Specializing in offshore fishing charters out of Fort Lauderdale FL since 1975

  8. Caught Lookin Charters
    16 years guiding experience and a kid friendly charter. Fishing out of Government Cut, Biscayne Bay, and Flamingo.

  9. Fish Local Knowledge
    Hi I’m Capt. Mike and I’ve been fishing Ft Lauderdale my whole life and I love what I do. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned pro, the knowledge I and my crew have of fishing the local Fort Lauderdale area will help make sure your Ft Lauderda

  10. All-Inclusive Sportfishing
    Charter fishing in Ft Lauderdale, Fl

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Top Fort Lauderdale Marinas

  1. Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center
    The Hillsboro Inlet Fish Center in Pompano is known for their amazing fishing charters and their impressive modern fishing charter fleet that includes a variety of perfectly maintained boats. We specialize in deep sea fishing, Sailfish fishing, Mahi

  2. Sands Harbor Resort & Marina
    The marina at Sands Harbor Resort provides dockage for 50 boats up to 100 feet and is minutes from ocean access via Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida. Our full-service marina includes a fuel dock with the lowest gas prices in town, Miller&

  3. Miami Beach Marina
    The magic of Miami Beach is yours when you plan your waterfront stay at the Miami Beach Marina. Located adjacent to Government Cut, with no fixed bridges and plenty of deep water, Miami Beach Marina affords easy accessibility to great fishing...saili

  4. Dinner Key Marina
    Our flagship facility is located just south of downtown, in historic Coconut Grove. The 582 slip marina (Florida's largest wet slip marine facility) provides modern comfortable berthing accommodations in a park-like setting to transient, long-ter

  5. Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center
    Situated on the northern side of Downtown Miami—in the heart of the city’s arts, entertainment, and cultural district—this full-service facility features boat slips large enough to accommodate yachts up to 110 feet. However, our docks are just the on

  6. Loggerhead Marina
    Conveniently located a short distance from the upper Florida Keys and immediately adjacent to the vast Biscayne National Park, referred to as Black Point Park. Loggerhead Marina – South Miami offers South Florida dry rack boat storage for vessels up

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