Golden Gate Canal

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Introduction to Golden Gate Canal System

Welcome to the Golden Gate Canal

Don’t confuse the area’s beautiful saltwater beach with a shortage of natural lakes for freshwater fishing. Southwest Florida has hundreds of miles of drainage canals that contain tons of fish called the Golden Gate Canal System. This region has three major canal systems: Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Golden Gate. 

It is centrally between Naples-Marco Island’s pristine beaches and the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Preserve, and the Collier-Seminole State Park. 

“The canals in southern Golden Gate area will provide freshwater fisherman great alternative opportunity,” said President Brian McMahon, Collier County Standing Watch.

This project was completed in the summer of 2009, so if you want to explore southwest Florida fishing. The Golden Gate canal system is where you can stay close, save time and money.

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Trip Core Details

  • Region: Southwest Florida, Naples
  • Duration: 4, 6, 8, & 12 hrs
  • Cancellation: 12 hrs in advance
  • Weather-Related: Full refund
  • Instant Online Confirmation
  • Includes All State Taxes
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What's Included:

  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Professional Captain
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Cooler & Ice
  • Bottled water
  • Photos

Targeted Species:

largemouth bassPeacock bassBluegill
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What's NOT Included:

  • Florida Freshwater Fishing License for those ages 16+
  • Live bait if desired is also additional and is purchased the morning of the trip. (optional)
  • Food or Specialty beverages

Amenities:

  • Fishing Chairs
  • GPS & Fishfinder
  • Life Jackets
  • Catch and Release Allowed
  • Keep Fish Allowed within Laws

About this Tour:

  • Boat Specs: 20+ ft
  • Boat Capacity: 4 People
  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Photos

Fishing Techniques:

  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Livebait
  • Fly Fishing
  • Artificial Lures

Fishing Equipment:

  • Spinning Rods
  • Baitcasting Rods
  • Left & Right Handed
  • Fly Rods (request only)
  • Braid & Mono Line
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Golden Gate Canal Reviews

A fantastic day fishing in Florida for Peacock Bass

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
We had an absolutely wonderful time fishing with Nick for Peacock Bass; the trip could not have been better. The boat, rods & reels and bait were on top of the line. Nick was patient, informative and moved as needed to keep us on fish. We caught and released over 50 fish in 7 hours. A few large Peacocks made it a memorable experience. We would highly recommend Nick and we hope to get another trip in before return to the Rockies.
- Patrick S

Great experience

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
Caught a lot of Bass and a few Peacock bass too. Very comfortable boat!
- Art Nor

On Fish all day!

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
Son and husband spent 6 hours with captain Mark Rose on Golden Gate Canals and had an incredible day. So many peacock bass and a lot of large mouth too. Several peacock in the 4-5 lb range. Mark had them on fish all day. He knew the terrain and exactly how and where to get the big ones. His equipment and boat are top notch. Couldn't ask for a better guide. He even took the pictures for the guys. Mark was great as was bassoline.com staffer, Rosie who answered questions and helped with the reservation. Very professional service from start to finish. Thank you and we'll be back!
- Patty Collins

Peacock Bass Fishing- Naples Golden Gate Canal

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
Captain Mark Rose took us out on Golden Gate Canal in Naples to catch Peacock Bass and boy did he deliver. Was with my 2 teenage son’s (14&16) and my dad. We caught well over 30 fish in a 4 hour trip. Most of the fish were Peacock Bass. They are so much fun to fight and reel in. We also caught Snook and Largemouth Bass. Mark works hard to ensure your enjoyment and experience. Can’t wait till the next time we go out and we would definitely book with Mark again.
- Chuck F

Fish with Captain Rick

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
What a great day of fishing. Had originally planned on going bass fishing in the Golden Canal. Captain Rick Mitchell suggested either going to the Everglades or saltwater. We decided saltwater and it was a great choice. I am mainly a bass person, but both my son-in-laws wanted to try back country saltwater so we did. We caught so many different species of fish. We caught Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish, Catfish, Mangrove Snapper, and some nice Sea Trout. Both of my son-in-laws were so impressed as neither does much fishing. Maybe now, they will help take the grandkids fishing and a new generation will enjoy. Thanks again Rick. Highly recommended you fish with him. Maury
- Maury T

2nd reviewCaptain Mark Rose

Golden Gate Canal
★★★★★
We have been out with captain mark rose several times. The last time we were diappinitef not to have been informed about the weather. My husband wrote a review ecpressing his concerns. Captain Mark did the right thing. He called and was apologized. He offered us another trip. He truly cares about his clients. We appreciated his wanting to correct the situation Kim Woodin
- Kim Woodin
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Golden Gate Canal Fishing

It was known for its Black crappie, preferring colder waters, which aren’t as prevalent in this part of the state. Oscars, exotics like the peacock bass fish, have worked their way into southwest Florida from the Miami area. Are now very abundant in the freshwater canals, particularly along the US 41 canal in eastern Collier County. Catfish, mudfish, and several species of gar are also ordinary freshwater residents.

This part of the state has year-round fishing for peacock bass, largemouth bass, and panfish. The golden gate has a variety of species to keep anglers excited and pleased. In addition to the already mentioned species, you can catch freshwater Snook and tarpon at times. Most of the bigger largemouth bass are taken during, the colder months when the fish are more actively feeding and at their peak bedding time. The peacock bass anglers have the best success when the water is warmer. 

The common statewide panfish patterns are the same in the Golden Gate; bluegills and Redear sunfish will almost always bite an earthworm, cricket, or small minnow year-round.

Golden Gate Boat Ramp

The boat ramp is located in the northeast parking lot of Golden Gate Community Park. The ramp’s width is 24 feet, and it will accommodate motorized boats of an average size such as bass, bay, or flats boats and will provide access to eight miles of canals. A second phase of the Golden Gate Community Park water access project is available for kayak launch on the tennis courts’ west side. The kayak launch also has access to the Golden Gate Canal System.

Boat launch fees may or may not apply at these locations. Currently, prices are $5 per launch or $75 for an annual, non-commercial boat launch pass. We hear others pay nothing, so launch at your own risk, read the local signs at your own risk.

Areas to Avoid

Many locations are on private property; fishing where is usually restricted to residents and their guests. If in doubt, assume the lake is private and ask for permission before wetting your line. Still, these restrictions are why we service the area with professional guide service with boats and access.

Surrounding Fishing Options

If you want to get more of the South Florida feel, try the Florida Everglades just east of Naples on I-75. This area has some of the best bass fishing in the state; it’s not unusual to catch 50 to 100 bass in a day. 

Not like we need to make the Everglades any better, but the wildlife is just second to none. Alligators are plentiful and a mecca for bird watchers.

Lake Trafford has some of the best crappie fishing in the region, with the winter month being best. It’s located in Immokalee, Florida; it’s just minutes east of Naples as well. Most of these are stocked and offer some excellent bass, catfish, and panfish fishing. 

There are many other lakes in the region. Still, many of them are human-made rock pits or water retention areas for the numerous housing and golf course developments, none similar to the Golden Gate canal system.

Certain parts of each body of water are locally famous for good bass and panfish fishing. Each location has a few boat ramps, some bridges to fish from, and plenty of areas where anglers can be active from the banks.

Driving around the region, you will also notice that there are drainage canals along many of the major roads. Don’t overlook these as possible fishing spots. If there is a safe place to pull off the road, stop, and give it a try. You will see people doing this every day, and they usually are catching fish.

Conclusion

We at  BassOnline.com encourages anglers to practice catch-and-release when fishing for any bass. Overall, this species is a hearty fish, and nearly 100 percent will survive being caught and released when adequately handled. However, peacock bass do-not live as long in live-wells as other species. They must be released quickly to maximize their chances for survival.

Now that you know more, why not enjoy a day fishing adventure on the Golden Gate Canal System? Another great way to take in the sunshine. These exotic species love the warm weather as much as you do!

Land your trophy peacock bass next time visiting Naples, Florida!

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