Florida Keys Fishing Seasons …. Part II

When to come Fish the Florida keys, The fishing seasons CalendarFlorida Keys and Key West Fishing

Last week we looked a little at the various fishing seasons and the Keys. This weeks we will The Backcountry Inshore Flats Species and some other fishing adventures. We are gathering our information from FishingFloridaKeys.com.

Comprehensive description of fishing seasons here in the Florida Keys and Key West including the Marquesas Keys and The Dry Tortugas.

Listed Below you will find the species of fish from the Florida Keys and Key West. Also details written about the different seasons to go fishing for them in a selected area with links that take you to that fishery within this web site to find a fishing guide to take you to them.

Check These Out

The Key West Fishing Report – Sponsored by Dream Catcher Charters a monthly report that talks about inshore, flats and offshore fishing in Key West, Florida. Up to the minute Twitter feed also.

The Florida Keys Fishing Report – Sponsored by Fishing Florida Keys and the fishing guides listed here. All encompassing fishing report dedicated to the Florida Keys and Key West.

   The Backcountry Inshore Flats Species  


Tarpon — AKA — Silver King

Type Of Fishing Charter
DetailsSeasonally tarpon migrate through the Florida Keys in the Late winter through the summer. Fish range in size from 10 – 150 lbs. Tarpon gather around bridges, the flats and backcountry channels. Fly Fishing for them is very popular but bait and artificial is more prevalent as it is easier to catch one that way. No food value. Book your fishing guide WAY in advance for Tarpon Seasonto ensure your not stuck licking the pot.Type Of Fishing Charter

Common Snook

Type Of Fishing Charter


Hard fighting very smart fish. Found most of the year round in the Upper Florida Keys but mainly a cooler water fish for us. Sizes range from 3 – 40 lbs. Food Value Excellent – Snook are highly caught after with a delicate season and size limits that change often. Check with your Florida Keys Fishing guide to learn more update information about them.


 Bonefish Permit
Type Of Fishing Charter Type Of Fishing Charter
DetailsBonefishing is a legendary pass time in the Florida Keys. Found all over the Keys in the shallows traditionally caught sight fishing the flats on flats boats. Bonefish range in size from 3 – 13 lbs with fish to 16 lbs caught on rare occasions. Fly fishing enthusiasts spend a life time chasing these guys. These are a release fish so there is no mention of food value here. DetailsPermit are the holy grail of flats fishing especially to fly fishing enthusiasts. Permit are extremely intelligent when they are on the flats. All that goes right out the window when they are on the wrecks or spawning. Food value good but we just dont kill them. Permit are held in high regard here in the Florida Keys as an Ultimate Game Fish.


Pompano Spotted Sea Trout
Type Of Fishing Charter Type Of Fishing Charter
DetailsSimilar to a permit. I call them “The Edible Permit” In the Jacks and Pompanos family. These fish generally weigh 3 lbs or less. Florida Pompano spawn offshore between March and September. Florida Record is 8.1 lbs. Inshore they can be found in fair number during the winter. Unlike the permit we will kill and eat these guys for some tasty filets. DetailsGreat table fare when in season. Fun to catch for all ages and ability. Mostly a backcountry fish. Found in Key West area during the winter months. the upper Keys gets them all year long.

Red Drum — aka— Redfish
Type Of Fishing Charter
DetailsKey Largo and Islamorada get some great redfish action. Fish ranging in size from 2 – 15 lbs. Great fun on the flats or channels in the backcountry waters. Redfish can be caught all year long in the Upper Florida Keys. Food value Ok..

 And next week, Grouper and More…..


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