Tallahassee Fl Fishing

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Complete Guide to Tallahassee Fl Fishing

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, located in Leon County. It is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Florida. Tallahassee is conveniently located to top freshwater and saltwater fishing spots. Tallahassee offers some of the most diverse fishing opportunities in the state. You can catch Largemouth bass all year round in great size and numbers. However, the spring and early summer are the best for trophy bass. Tallahassee, Florida, is most renowned for its huge bass and crappie. The city of Tallahassee is in the central part of the state’s northern panhandle region, halfway between Jacksonville and Pensacola. There are some incredible places that you can visit when you are in Tallahassee in between fishing charters. Tom Brown Park is a popular destination with a large recreation park, trail, picnic areas, golf, tennis, and a BMX track. Tallahassee has a variety of flora and fauna in the form of wildlife reserves, state parks, and animal refuges. Some of these green spaces feature historical buildings.

Fishing Near Tallahassee

Tallahassee is a hot spot for saltwater and freshwater fishing. Its home to many excellent freshwater fishing spots, with Lake Jackson and Lake Talquin being the top spot for bass fishing charters. Tallahassee, Florida, is located just 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, offering incredible saltwater fishing charters. Visitors can fish the waters of Tallahassee with a guide and a fully loaded boat to get the whole North Florida experience while heading straight to the best fishing spots.

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Bass Fishing at its Best

Our captain was definitely a Bass fisherman, I really enjoyed fishing with him. We went out on this guided trip wanting to learn and expand my knowledge of fishing for largemouth Bass...goal accomplished! I was able to learn a lot as well as land the biggest largemouth I have ever caught. Great day, really professional outfit from the booking to guide.
- John Beck

Enjoyed experience!

The trip was wonderful. Everything was on time and professional. Captain knew all the ins and outs of the lake and took us to his top-secret fishing spots to ensure that we would have a catch! He is also very knowledgeable about the fish we were trying to catch and what the best bait was to use. Drinks and snacks were also on board. I would definitely recommend this trip, we are already planning our next trip!
- Craig P
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Freshwater Fishing

Beyond the great Florida bass fishing, you genuinely get to see what North Florida is all about. Anglers can catch largemouth bass throughout the year in good numbers and size, but the spring and early summer are the best times. Lake Jackson is one of the most famous panhandle lakes and the area’s best largemouth bass fishery. Lake Talquin is the local lake, primarily a big bass lake because of the water’s abundance of vegetation and natural cover. Big bass love this stumpy grass lake for all it has to offer. Lake Jackson has five public boat ramps around the lake. State parks and wildlife conservation areas surround Lake Talquin. It’s just a short drive from the city of Tallahassee, allowing you to truly experience Tallahassee’s uniqueness by getting out of the city limits. It’s full of natural spring-fed lakes loaded with dominant trophy bass for you to experience while on your Tallahassee fishing trip. Lake Talquin has seven public boat ramps and five public piers.

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Saltwater Fishing

The Apalachee Bay is 30 minutes from Tallahassee, which offers prime inshore fishing charters. The bay is a prized area nationwide for its flats fishing. Trout and redfish are among the local’s favorites. Tarpon, Jacks, and Macherel are also popular and in abundance in the bay’s shallow coastal waters. The bay opens up into the Gulf of Mexico for some incredible offshore fishing trips for anglers seeking a deep-sea fishing opportunity. Popular deep water catches are snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi.

Local Tallahassee Fl Bass Fishing Guides

Meet the team of local Tallahassee Fl fishing guides, we know the best spots, baits, and techniques to give you the greatest fishing experience in Tallahassee.

David Mock

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Captain Chris Kincaid

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Tallahassee Things to Do

Lake Ella and Fred Drake Park

The charming Lake Ella is a 12-acre water area at the center of Fred Drake Park. You will find shaded picnic areas, fountains, and walking trails that will take you around the lake. It is the perfect place to take a walk, bike along the path, and skate. There are a plethora of species here on display, including geese, ducks, and turtles. Visitors will see turtles popping their heads out of the lake from time to time. 

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park                                                                                

This park covers an area of 1176 acres with a range of historical buildings. This park first opened its gate to the public in 1823. A large number of people visit for its incredible flora and fauna. There are camellias, Japanese maples, azaleas, and dogwood to be found here. You can go hiking, cycling, and fishing in the park

The Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

This State Park is on the southern shoreline of Lake Jackson. The park is of great archaeological significanc with the Lake Jackson Mounds dating from 1050 to 1500 AD. Apart from the mounds, you can visit the park and walk on the trails.

Marks Wildlife Refuge

The refuge opened in 1931 and is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States. It sits on 68000 acres of area and reflects the beautiful plant life of the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Marks Lighthouse is another attraction of this wildlife refuge, holding the reputation of being the oldest lighthouse in Florida. In this wildlife refuge, you will come across animals like bobcats, coyotes, and black bears. Also, you can go boating, hiking, and fishing here.

Campgrounds Near Tallahassee Fl

Tallahassee has some great campgrounds where you can camp with an RV or a tent. Some of the campgrounds you can access are:

  • Dancin Wind Ranch Campground
  • North Florida Equestrian Short
  • Providence Pond
  • Tallahassee Outskirts Hideaway

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