Ahhh, fishing, one of Tampa Bay’s specialties for an enjoyable outdoor activity. Being surrounded by the water makes it pretty effortless to have amazing fishing places, and we’ve rounded up the very best fishing spots in Tampa Bay for your next fishing venture.
Grab your fishing rod, some bait, and head to these 7 best fishing spots in Tampa Bay!
Located south of Plant City, the 700-acre reservoir at Edward Medard Conservation Park is a perfect place to launch your line and anticipate a fish nibbles at the bait. The huge reservoir is also used for canoeing and boating with tons of wildlife spotting.
If you need a break from fishing, hop on the 3-mile hiking path for an excellent bird watching experience and to explore more of the area! If you’re visiting with a group, the entrance fee is $2 per vehicle with up to 8 people per vehicle. The boat launch fee is $5, and any camping and rentals access is extra.
Spring–Summer | 8:00am–7:00pm
Fall–Winter | 8:00am–6:00pm
📍 6140 Turkey Creek Rd, Plant City, FL 33567
Though many locals head to Fort Desoto for its exceptional beaches, bike trails, and historic forts, they also have great fishing spots in Tampa Bay. Fort Desoto has two fishing piers to cast your line out.
Each pier has a food and bait concession to feed you and the fishes’ stomachs. While you’re out on one of the piers, we bet you’ll spot a few dolphins or kite surfers on a windy day!
Gulf & Bay Pier Hours
Sunday–Saturday | 7:00am-Sunset
📍3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Talk about views while you’re fishing! The Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier is parallel to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and is the world’s longest fishing pier! You can definitely expect to catch a big fish out here.
You can catch anything from snook, tarpon, grouper, black sea bass, and so much more. Keep your eyes peeled for sharks! The Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier has a shop for snacks, drinks, bait, and fishing supplies too.
Sunday–Saturday | 24/7
📍4905 34th St S #5000, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
A little bit of a hidden gem, but worth the find, Bishops Harbor Road is convenient fishing access in the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.
Within the preserve, you can also channel your inner adventurous side by going kayaking, hiking, and discovering other wildlife. Since this fishing spot is more low-key, you can expect a tranquil and quiet day of fishing!
Sunday–Saturday | 8:00am–Sunset
Boat Ramp | 24/7
📍130 Terra Ceia Rd, Terra Ceia, FL 34250
Lake Tarpon is the largest freshwater lake in Pinellas County with a surface area of 2,500-acres. Fun fact, Lake Tarpon is rated one of the Top 10 bass lakes in the state of Florida by FWC fisheries biologists!
Be sure to cast your line along the shoreline for a higher chance of catching largemouth bass. Head out to fish on your boat or kayak, or enjoy one of their piers.
Sunday–Saturday | Sunrise–Sunset
Public boat ramps are located at the county parks off U.S. Route 19 and County Road 611 (also known as East Lake Road)
If you’re looking for a more family-friendly fishing trip, head over to Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach. Enjoy the views of the white sand beach while waiting for the bomber to submerge.
Pier 60 is a 1,080-foot fishing pier with plenty of space to find your perfect fishing spot. The bait house on the pier is great for picking up fishing tackle, souvenirs, drinks and snacks, rental equipment, bait, and more. Pier 60 is also known for being one of the best spots to catch a sunset in Tampa Bay!
Sunday–Saturday | 6:00am-9:00pm
Hours are seasonal. Please contact Pier 60 at
727-462-6466 for current hours.
📍1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
There are so many fun outdoor activities to do at Lake Seminole Park and fishing is high up on the list. Lake Seminole Park is a designated wildlife habitat and sanctuary.
You can expect to see all sorts of Florida creatures from alligators, snakes, eagles, and more. The fishing is great here as the park is quiet and transports you to a super relaxing world away from the hustle and bustle.
Sunday–Saturday | 7:00am–Sunset
County Parks are closed two days throughout the year, the day after Thanksgiving and December 25.
📍10015 Park Blvd. (74th Ave. N.), Seminole FL 33777
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