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Fort Myers Fishing

Fort Myers Fishing

Fort Myers, named after Colonel Abraham Myers, is the gateway to some of the best fishing in Southwest Florida. Two of the most famous residents were Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who both owned winter homes there and often fished together. With fantastic flats and back bay fishing, and plentiful nearshore reefs, Fort Myers is a top destination for fishing in Florida.

Inshore fishing around Fort Myers offers some of the best Snook fishing anywhere in the country. There is also excellent Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Spotted Trout, Tarpon and Shark fishing. Off the beaches, you will find many different species of fish to tug on the end of the line, including Cobia, King Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel.

Fishing the many reefs offshore of Fort Myers offers some of the best grouper and snapper fishing in the country. Huge Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, and Red Grouper are frequently caught here, as well as many different species of Snapper. There is also good Amberjack and Triggerfish to be found around most reefs. Further offshore you can catch Billfish such as Blue Marlin and Sailfish, Dolphin (Mahi-mahi), many different species of Tuna, and Wahoo.

Top Fort Myers Fishing Spots

  1. Doc Kline Artificial Reef 30
    6/4/2012 11:37:16 PM - About 6 miles south of Sanibel, the Doc Kline reef sits in approximately 30 feet of water. Snapper, amberjack, redfish, grouper, and sharks are frequent residents of th

  2. Lighthouse Hole
    4/7/2016 7:51:38 PM - This hole is one of the most popular spots to catch Tarpon around Boca Grande

  3. Sanibel Reef 20
    6/4/2012 11:37:15 PM - Started on 15-Jun-77 Concrete Rubble artificial reef.  

  4. Wiggins Pass 3 Mile - ECA Reef
    1/13/2018 11:04:05 PM -

  5. Fish Haven
    3/14/2017 12:47:30 AM - Fish Haven

  6. Tommys Spot
    3/14/2017 12:45:29 AM - Tommys Spot

  7. 1287
    5/17/2014 1:30:44 AM -

  8. Causeway Reef-Artificial
    6/4/2012 11:37:16 PM -

  9. Fisherman Key
    3/14/2017 12:39:28 AM - Fisherman Key

  10. Point Ybel
    3/14/2017 12:43:06 AM - Point Ybel

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Fort Myers Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Fort Myers, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 22.06% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 5289 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Fort Myers Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  3. Sheepshead

  4. Sheepshead

    There is a 17.95% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 4303 Sheepshead counted.

    Fort Myers Sheepshead Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 9.1% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2182 Gray Snapper counted.

    Fort Myers Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. Ladyfish

  8. Ladyfish

    There is a 6.77% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 1623 Ladyfish counted.

    Fort Myers Ladyfish Counts Chart


  9. Pinfish

  10. Pinfish

    There is a 6.67% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1599 Pinfish counted.

    Fort Myers Pinfish Counts Chart


  11. Scaled Sardine

  12. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 6.4% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1535 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Fort Myers Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  13. White Grunt

  14. White Grunt

    There is a 3.08% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 739 White Grunt counted.

    Fort Myers White Grunt Counts Chart


  15. Red Drum

  16. Red Drum

    There is a 2.97% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 711 Red Drum counted.

    Fort Myers Red Drum Counts Chart


  17. Thread Herring

  18. Thread Herring

    There is a 2.74% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 658 Thread Herring counted.

    Fort Myers Thread Herring Counts Chart


  19. Crevalle Jack

  20. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 627 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Fort Myers Crevalle Jack Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 79 species of fish and 23977 fish counted for February around Fort Myers.

To date, there are 142 species of fish and a total of 299478 fish counted for Fort Myers and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (164 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 2:03:44 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.

View full Fort Myers Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Fort Myers Fishing Reports

  • 2022 was one for the books on Offshore Boca Grande!
    1/6/2023 12:59:35 PM - Captain Brad Hickman consistently produced quality fish all year.  2023 we be no different with all new tackle and a motivated captain! The post 2022 was one for the books on

  • Hurrican Ian Barrier Islands Update
    10/4/2022 12:24:09 PM - SWFL has severely been impacted by hurricane Ian. Currently search and rescue missions are underway. Starting tomorrow 10/5/22 barrier island residence are allowed access to t

  • Hurrican Ian Update
    10/3/2022 1:53:29 PM - As you know Hurricane Ian has devastated SWFL's barrier Islands of Ft Myers Beach Sanibel Captiva St James City and Matlacha. As of 10/3/22 search and rescue is still underway

    9/3/2022 1:22:35 AM - We are on the cusp of fall down here in SWFL and it’s a great time to be on the water! What a blessing it is to have a fishery... The post SEEING REDS IN FALL FOR FISHING SAN

  • Memorable Day Fishing Sanibel Island
    7/19/2022 10:17:36 AM - What a memorable day for the Jacob family! CJ guided them to a great day of fishing off Sanibel Island. Book your family friendly fishing charter trip to Sanibel/Captiva Isla

  • Red Snapper Season is in full swing
    6/28/2022 12:30:46 PM - Red Snapper Season is in full swing here in Southwest Florida.  The weather has been ideal and the fishing sensational. The post Red Snapper Season is in full swing appeared

  • May Fishing has been awesome!
    6/8/2022 5:57:58 PM - Fishing has been amazing this month of May!  But now my favorite time of year has come!  Red snapper season starts June 1st and runs thru August 18th! The post May Fishing ha

  • Another Great Day of Offshore Fishing in Sanibel Island!
    6/7/2022 10:11:25 AM - Capt. CJ had a blast offshore fishing catching Permit with the Schiess family! They couldn’t get them in fast enough! All were released for another day! Contact us to book...

  • Catching Barracudas in Sanibel Island
    5/24/2022 10:07:35 AM - Always cool to catch a Barracuda! Bennett Wong caught this toothy beauty with Capt. Bill offshore fishing in Sanibel Island! Call or book your Sanibel Island fishing charter

  • 2022 Tarpon Season is gaining steam
    5/4/2022 12:43:59 PM - After months and months of high winds Tarpon have kept their timetables up an gaining in numbers every day. Make your date with a Silver King now.

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Top Fort Myers Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Bait N Wait
    The number one spot in Southwest Florida for all your fishing needs.With in house reel repair and rod repair. Need a custom rod? not a problem.We also have gifts for all occasions for that fisher person in your life. Located minutes from both Fort My

  2. Capt. Rob's Bait & Tackle
    Bait & Tackle Store and Fishing Charters in Cape Coral, Florida.

  3. Catch'um Bait & Tackle

  4. Rite Angler

  5. Miller Bait & Tackle
    Located in LaBelle, Florida, we make it easy for you to fish with your favorite bait.

  6. Venture Out
    Venture Out is a charter company with a full tackle/bait shop and bar. Come visit us before you go out and after you come back in for the right supplies you'll need or be wanting. We are open everyday from 7AM-7PM or later.

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Top Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. FishSkinner Fishing Charters
    FishSkinner Charters is an inshore and nearshore fishing guide and charter service in Fort Myers, Fl.

  2. Captain Bill Curtis
    Are you looking for a private inshore or offshore charter fishing guide out of Fort Myers, Ft. Myers Beach, or Bonita Springs in the Southwest Florida area? I offer private inshore guided charter fishing and sightseeing trips in South West Florida o

  3. AquaCulture Outfitters
    AquaCulture Outfitters offers guided fishing charters services near Fort Myers Beach for The Best Inshore fishing or offshore fishing experience. Book Online Now! More -

  4. Catch Me If U Can Fishing Charters
    Whether you're looking for a guide to show you the best fishing in Fort Myers, Sanibel's shelling beaches, or hidden bayous full of birdlife, we've got your trip.

  5. Blackwater Charters
    If you're looking for a fishing charter in the Ft Myers area then you have come to the right place. All of my fishing charters in Fort Myers, Pine Island, Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor are No Fish! No Pay! Which means that if you don't cat

  6. SaltyNative Charters
    We are proud to be one of southwest Florida’s premier fishing, boating and outdoor outfitters. Whether you’re looking to catch that trophy fish, enjoy the beauty of our natural habitat or just relax on the water for a few hours or all day, we have t

  7. Sea Reed Charters
    We have been guiding on the local water for over 10 years. If you want a chance to catch big Snook and Redfish, we know were they live and will give you that opportunity. While we prefer to fish live bait, we also offer fly fishing and artificial fis

  8. Captain Daniel Andrews Fishing Charters
    Join me as we fish the waters of Pine Island Sound, Sanibel, and Captiva in search of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Seatrout. My 19' ActionCraft flats boat gets us to the fish comfortably, quietly, and safely. Whether you are looking to catch your f

  9. Gulf Coast Guide Service
    Custom Charters specializing in light tackle fishing for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Sharks and many other Species on the beautiful waters of southwest Florida

  10. Top Angler
    Top Angler is an inshore and offshore fishing charter service located in Fort Myers Beach, Fl.

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Top Fort Myers Marinas

  1. Port Sanibel Marina
    Port Sanibel Marina is a beautiful “Old Florida-style” full service marina. The marina offers guests rentals of boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to enjoy Southwest Florida. Also find a variety of fishing charters and other actives to experienc

  2. Legacy Harbour Marina
    Situated just east of Marker 49 on the Okeechobee Waterway is Legacy Harbour Marina. Its central location along the Caloosahatchee River makes it the ideal spot for stopovers or extended stays. Just a few blocks from the historic Edison & Ford Wi

  3. Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
    Our easy-access Fort Myers Beach marina is on Estero Bay, just 6 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Dock overnight and enjoy our Fort Myers Beach villas at discounted rates as well as access to our three pools, two restaurants, full-service spa and qua

  4. Salty Sam's Marina
    Salty Sam's is a full service marina with boat service & repairs, boat sales and wet slips and dry storage. Voted Best Marina, Salty Sam's is truly what boating in Southwest Florida is all about. To start your adventure, call us today! Fo

  5. Olde Fish House Marina
    You'll find a boat ramp and fuel dock at Olde' Fish House Marina, we're just minutes from Matlacha pass and our fuel is "non ethanol". To check on our Marina hours of operation call 239-282-9577. You can Rent Kayaks here at th

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Latest Fishing Spots

Graysby 15785

Gag Grouper 13626

Gag Grouper 13622

Gag Grouper 13612

Gag Grouper 13599

Gag Grouper 13598

Gag Grouper 13585

Gag Grouper 13574

Gag Grouper 13549

Gag Grouper 13512

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Bouy Conditions

Station FMRF1 - 8725520 - Fort Myers, FL
February 9, 2023 12:30 am EST
Location: 26.647N 81.871W
Wind Direction: ENE (70°)
Wind Speed: 4.1 knots
Wind Gust: 8.0 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.20 in (1022.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 66.9°F (19.4°C)
Water Temperature: 72.3°F (22.4°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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