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Key West Fishing

Key West Fishing

Key West has the nickname of the Last Resort, the Southernmost Point in the continental United States. It is located closer to Cuba than to Miami, and is a tropical angler’s paradise. With easy access to the back country flats and deep blue water of the Gulfstream, Key West offers many different target species of fish throughout the year, and is indeed one of the top fishing destinations in the world.

One of the most famous residents of Key West was Earnest Hemingway. He traversed the waters in his 38 foot boat named Pilar, and called the Florida Straits “the deep blue river”. His most popular book, The Old Man and the Sea, hints at some of the incredible fishing that offshore Key West has to offer. From Blue Marlin and Sailfish, to many different species of tuna and sharks, offshore fishing Key West can not only be exciting, but rewarding with the catch of a lifetime. The waters are also full of Mahi-mahi and Wahoo, two of the tastiest species of fish.

Known for its many platform reefs and shipwrecks, bottom fishing off of Key West provides many different species of Grouper and Snapper, as well as Amberjack, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. The many uninhabited islands and reefs inshore also allow anglers to target Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon.

Top Key West Fishing Spots

  1. Woods Wall
    2/16/2017 12:14:56 PM - Woods Wall

  2. Stock Hump
    7/6/2016 3:39:35 PM - Stock Hump

  3. Jimmys Snapper Spot
    3/28/2017 9:48:40 PM - Jimmys Snapper Spot

  4. wreck-8361
    3/14/2015 12:49:52 AM - Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, nondangerous chart US,US,graph,Chart 11450 latdec 24.4830346 londec -81.4054965 depth sounding_type history quasou depth

  5. wreck-8238
    9/23/2014 9:56:02 PM -

  6. wreck-8369
    3/14/2015 12:49:54 AM - Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Visible chart US,US,graph,Chart 11450 latdec 24.9172606 londec -81.5002793 depth sounding_type history quasou watlev always dry

  7. Woods Hole
    2/16/2017 12:28:45 PM - Woods Hole

  8. Fishing Structure
    4/17/2018 11:19:01 PM -

  9. Newfound Harbor Anchorage
    4/13/2011 4:04:08 PM - nice protected anchorage, see your chart for access. You can anchor off those little keys but make sure you go around the shoal to get there, if you do there is plenty of wate

    2/24/2016 2:38:32 PM -

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Key West Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Key West, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Yellowtail Snapper

  2. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 18.45% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2609 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key West Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Scaled Sardine

  4. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 10.24% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1448 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Key West Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 9.91% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1402 White Grunt counted.

    Key West White Grunt Counts Chart


  7. Lane Snapper

  8. Lane Snapper

    There is a 7.1% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 1004 Lane Snapper counted.

    Key West Lane Snapper Counts Chart


  9. Gray Snapper

  10. Gray Snapper

    There is a 6.77% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 957 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key West Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  11. King Mackerel

  12. King Mackerel

    There is a 6.38% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 902 King Mackerel counted.

    Key West King Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Mahi-mahi

  14. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 6.12% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 865 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Key West Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  15. Blue Runner

  16. Blue Runner

    There is a 3.1% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 439 Blue Runner counted.

    Key West Blue Runner Counts Chart


  17. Little Tunny

  18. Little Tunny

    There is a 2.93% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 414 Little Tunny counted.

    Key West Little Tunny Counts Chart


  19. Great Barracuda

  20. Great Barracuda

    There is a 2.73% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 386 Great Barracuda counted.

    Key West Great Barracuda Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 90 species of fish and 14141 fish counted for March around Key West.

To date, there are 144 species of fish and a total of 559229 fish counted for Key West and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 3/29/2023 5:55:25 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 Key West Fishing Reports

  • Beat The Wind Go Backcountry Fishing
    3/28/2023 10:55:41 AM - March 28th 2023 – Beat the winds and go backcountry fishing this week if you are in Key West. Winds will be up on Friday and Saturday but that does not mean you cannot go fis

  • The Mahi are Coming
    3/26/2023 2:49:16 PM - March 26th 2023 – South winds and hard East bound currents compliments of the Gulf Stream are controlling the bite for deep sea fishing off of Key West this week. The mahi ar

  • March Merkin Results
    3/19/2023 2:13:33 PM - It’s very likely that by now anyone reading this has heard from other places that the 2023 March Merkin was a grind for everyone. The fishing has been slow lately for permit

  • Key West Inshore Backcountry Fishing Report
    3/17/2023 3:51:44 PM - March 17th 2023 – Its windy today but a warmer wind from the South East. After our blip of a cold front the last two days where we just got the wind part and not really the c

  • Fishing with Zach
    3/12/2023 2:12:30 PM - With the March Merkin starting Tuesday I’ve been fishing very little as Kat prepares for the tournament with Doug Kilpatrick. Since the Cuda Bowl in fact I’ve only been able

  • March Fishing Report
    3/9/2023 10:32:53 AM - The Key West Fishing is Red Hot!!   With March's arrival the fishing action explodes in Key West! We are entering a time of some of the best fishing action of the entire year

  • Warm Weather Has Tarpon In March Key West
    3/6/2023 6:58:08 PM - March 6th 2023 – It’s been hot.. Ok not really but we can call it really warm. Mid and sometimes upper 80s this last week to 10 days in the top of the day here in Key West. T

  • BoneFish all around and BIG Tarpon
    3/2/2023 10:22:48 AM -

  • Skiff Re-Do
    3/2/2023 10:18:17 AM - I have updated my Dolphin Super Skiff with New Seadek and new console chair. Lets go fish!!

  • Cud Bowl 2023 Results + Our Fishing
    2/20/2023 11:56:19 AM - Last weekend the 2023 Cuda Bowl took place and for the first time in a few years I fished it. It was fun to step back into the mix in this tournament which has grown in both

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Top Key West Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. The Angling Company
    Opened in 2009, we are a fly shop located in Key West, Florida. It is our intention to be at the leading edge of fly fishing in the Florida Keys. We have a full selection of rods, reels, fly lines, custom flies and technical clothing and can outfit y

  2. Key West Bait & Tackle
    Key West Bait and Tackle offers live bait, frozen bait, tackle, lures and jigs for flats, reef fishing, wreck fishing and offshore fishing.

  3. Cudjoe Sales Fishermen's Warehouse
    Cudjoe Sales has been providing quality gear to commercial fishermen all over the world for over 30 years. Well-known names such as Mustad, Hi-Liner, Mo Moi, Ande, Rosco, Riverdale, Cofish, Waterman, Paslode, Bonar, Lindgren Pitman, Caljune, ACR, Bos

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Top Key West Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Capt. Steven Lamp Key West Fishing Guide
    Capt. Steven is an accomplished tournament proven fishing guide for all tackle and techniques including fly fishing and light spin fishing in Key West. A tarpon fishing and flats fishing specialist. He has been Fishing in Key West professionally full

  2. SOUTHPAW Charters
    Come charter fishing in Key West with award winning Capt. Brad Simonds aboard his 43′ custom charter fishing boat, SOUTHPAW. We offer Key West Fishing charters for up to 6 anglers. Our highly skilled fishing crew is kid friendly and courteous. Capt

  3. Michael O'Brien Flats Fishing Charters
    Key West Fishing Guide Fish Key west, FL for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish with fly and light tackle. All skill levels welcome.

  4. AWS Charters
    Key west fishing starts with Capt. Anthony Skinner on A.W.S. Charters. Key West flats fishing is like no other fishing in the world. In Key West, we are surrounded by miles and miles of pristine flats, crystal clear water, mangrove islands, wading bi

  5. Blue Eyed Trader
    Ron's experience includes fly fishing the flats up the Gulf of Mexico side and down the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys and Key West for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Captain Ron has fished offshore all along the Florida Keys and Key West for ju

  6. Key West Pro Guides
    Key West Pro Guides the island’s premier Sport Fishing Company for the past 26 years.

  7. Southbound Sportfishing
    Professional Offshore Sport Fishing Charter catering to the beginner and the experienced fishermen alike

  8. Too Lethal Charters
    Capt. Scott specializes in Key West Fishing because he's been guiding anglers for over 25 years in Key West, Florida. He's an expert in light tackle fishing, which means it is just you against the fish. Light tackle boats are very diverse in when it

  9. Wild Bill Sport Fishing
    Wild Bill Sport Fishing will take you into the beautiful tropical waters of Key West, Florida where you can enjoy a Florida Keys fishing trip of a lifetime.

  10. Gulfstream Fishing
    Gulfstream Fishing has a variety of boats to meet your needs. For bigger groups, half and full day private charters on the Gulfstream III are available. This is an excellent choice for family reunions, birthday parties, bachelor parties, company out

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Top Key West Marinas

  1. Garrison Bight Marina
    Garrison Bight Marina is the only dry storage marina located on the island of Key West, Florida. We offer inside and outside dry storage, as well as wet slips for those customers who prefer to have their boats available at all times. Our location of

  2. Stock Island Marina Village
    Stock Island Marina Village is the largest deep water marina in the Florida Keys, accommodating vessels up to 300’. With 220 slips and brand new floating docks, every type of boater and boat are welcome. Every reservation includes dockage, water, pum

  3. Harborside Motel & Marina
    Whether you are taking a casual fishing trip with the family for some tasty grouper or sportfishing for marlin, shark or sailfish, Harborside Motel & Marina’s location is in the center of it all. If you have a boat, you’ll be happy to dock right

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