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. Action-Packed Fort Lauderdale Fishing
    3/8/2014 3:25:46 PM - Nice wahoo caught aboard the Big Game. The fishing is going off in Fort Lauderdale this week.  Lots of wahoos, tunas, sailfish, sharks, amberjacks and more are biti

  3. Crazy Good Deep Dropping Offshore Ft Lauderdale
    8/26/2016 11:51:40 AM - Huge golden tilefish caught deep dropping in over 600ft of water. We’re doing a lot of deep drop fishing off Ft Lauderdale this week and we’re catching some

  4. 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 

  6. Big Dolphin are Biting in Ft Lauderdale
    2/14/2015 1:52:07 PM - Huge bull dolphin caught sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale It’s been a great couple weeks of dolphin fishing in Ft Lauderdale.  The dolphin are coming in pret

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast

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. Tomtate

  2. Tomtate

    There is a 11.51% catch rate for Tomtate, based on 2038 Tomtate counted.

  3. Blue Runner

  4. Blue Runner

    There is a 8.76% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 1551 Blue Runner counted.

  5. Scaled Sardine

  6. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 8.4% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1486 Scaled Sardine counted.

  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 8.1% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1434 White Grunt counted.

  9. French Grunt

  10. French Grunt

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for French Grunt, based on 642 French Grunt counted.

  11. Ballyhoo

  12. Ballyhoo

    There is a 2.95% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 522 Ballyhoo counted.

  13. Mahi-mahi

  14. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 2.92% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 516 Mahi-mahi counted.

  15. Bluestriped Grunt

  16. Bluestriped Grunt

    There is a 2.63% catch rate for Bluestriped Grunt, based on 465 Bluestriped Grunt counted.

  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 2.2% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 389 Little Tunny counted.

  19. Yellowtail Snapper

  20. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 2.12% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 375 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

Recommedations above based on 112 species of fish and 17700 fish counted for September around Fort Lauderdale.

To date, there are 164 species of fish and a total of 467184 fish counted for Fort Lauderdale and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1856 (166 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 11:43:23 AM

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 Fort Lauderdale Fishing Reports

  • Fishing Report/ Fishing charters in Ft. Lauderdale
    9/11/2022 6:57:33 PM - We are experiencing some stellar sea conditions as we begin a new week of fishing charters in Ft. Lauderdale. Many mornings fishing trips have begun as “pancake flat” with on

  • Two days with Arshak September 7 2022
    9/7/2022 4:53:00 PM - Arshak booked me for a 6 hour trip and had a blast catching a bunch of species and ended up booking me for the following day.  I have to tell you we had a blast fishing toget

  • Labor Day weekend in Key Largo!
    9/7/2022 10:03:20 AM - It’s Labor Day weekend I’m down in Key Largo and we had some of our friends down. I initially wanted to get offshore but it was just a little to breezy. I told my buddy Mike

  • Goodbye August Hello September fishing in Ft. Lauderdale
    9/3/2022 9:18:55 PM - August was a pleasant month here in Ft. Lauderdale. Lots of calm days and some nice clear clean water close to shore. Some slow days as always but most days held some pretty

  • Good time to be my friend!
    8/29/2022 10:42:15 AM - Its late August and business is slow but when I get the itch I got to go. This week I fished with my nephew Andrew down at Flamingo. We had a great day catching Tarpon Snook

  • Jack got his fix August 22 2022
    8/22/2022 12:31:00 PM - This morning I had Kathy Charles and their 10 year old grandson Jack.  They are from N.J. and Jack will be in fish camp in a few weeks so Kathy wanted to get him fishing and

  • This is getting ridiculous! August 21 2022
    8/21/2022 10:05:00 AM - Okay let me preface my next comment by saying I am NOT complaining.  Ok with that out of the way this summer has been stupid ridiculous with respect to how awesome bonefishin

  • Ft. Lauderdale fishing charter report mid August
    8/18/2022 7:50:06 PM - As we pass the midway point of August we find warm weather and on many days very calm sea conditions. We continue to direct a lot of our mid August efforts on our fishing cha

  • Good bite this week!
    8/10/2022 9:42:06 AM - This week the Snook bite was pretty good in Fl Bay. It seems like everywhere we go we can get into them pretty good. We also had a Grand Slam and a Back Country Slam on 2 dif

  • Dang! August 8 2022
    8/8/2022 12:31:00 PM - Phil is a repeat client and today he brought his wife Sherry and their 6 year old fishing phenom Elliott.  Phil wanted Elliott to get his first bonefish and the same for Sher

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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. 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

  2. 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

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

  7. 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

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

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

  10. 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

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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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