Ft Lauderdale Fishing Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 19 reviews
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Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, culture and big events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to connecting with a Cruise out of Port Everglades. Ft Lauderdale fishing is recognized for some of the greatest sport fishing in the world. NO ONE does that better than our local experts here at Bass Online.

But an Everglades adventure can only be done in the freshwater while fishing side by side with the alligators. The Ft Lauderdale climate allows for year-round fishing and fun. Fort Lauderdale fishing options including Largemouth bass, Peacock bass, and the Asian Snakehead, just minutes from the airport, Port Everglades and downtown. Depending on the time of year and conditions, there are different species of fish to target fishing live bait, artificial and top-water fish.

The Untold Serect

While Ft Lauderdale fishing is known as one of the top saltwater destinations in the world. Many forget about the spectacular freshwater fishing Ft Lauderdale has, the headwaters for the Florida Everglades and quoted by the Fish and Wildlife as the number one bass fishery in Florida for action! Yes…action, it’s not uncommon to catch 100 plus fish on your trip. So while your friends are out cruising around in the ocean catching two or three fish, you can be enjoying the sights and sounds of the Florida Everglades. Alligators so close you can kiss them…but not recommended while Ft Lauderdale fishing…lol.


Ft Lauderdale Fishing Florida Everglades Visit the Everglades Holiday Park in the Florida Everglades and witness nature’s wonders all around you while Ft Lauderdale fishing. The river of grass will amaze you as we drive our late-model bass boats to the fishing destination. It’s a thrill plus very educational. Stay confident this is not just another airboat tour, it’s an experience that you get to explore the Florida Everglades and catch bass all in one!

Ft Lauderdale fishing is home to hundreds of Everglades creatures and watery wildflowers. Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect place for both entertainment and learning. Explore a forest of unspoiled wonders at the Everglades Holiday Park and see for yourself what makes the wetlands so wildly wonderful. The Everglades is an attraction in Fort Lauderdale not to be missed, the hidden secrets of nature’s own will develop your curiosity as you explore Everglades Holiday Park and Sawgrass Recreation Park in Broward County. Come out, explore and let’s go fishing!


Ft Lauderdale Fishing in the EvergladesThe Sawgrass Everglades fishing is mostly done with fast-moving baits, topwater plugs, frogs, snakes, big worms, senkos, spoons, and buzz baits, although plastic worms fishing works well also. You see most of the strikes before they happen and the battle can be quite exhausting. Sawgrass Everglades is like nowhere else in the world, the Florida Everglades holds the state record for the highest number of fish caught per person, per hour of any fishery in the state of Florida. “Static’s from the Florida fish and wildlife department.”

When you consider all the great lakes and rivers in Florida that’s impressive! So if you’re looking for action, you have found it. Our Florida Everglades fishing guides have the most experienced and extensive knowledge in fishing the Everglades. Most are native to the area, our knowledge and service are second to none, just like our boats, rods & reels and tackle that you will be using. We guarantee it with our NO FISH, NO PAY policy!

The Sawgrass recreational management area consists of canals and several large marsh areas that are all connected, the surrounding supports many species of game fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and other species of sunfish, as well as catfish and several species of exotic fishes. In addition, the canal system serves as a refuge for smaller fish species for forage fish which are an important part of the prey of wading birds. [READ MORE…] or reserve below

Peacock Bass Ft Lauderdale FishingPeacock Bass Fishing in the “Urban Canals”
Are you ready for a superb South American fishing experience, without having to travel there? A chance to catch a hard-fighting, butterfly peacock bass? How about if you can do it without leaving Florida and just a stone’s throw from the beaches of Ft Lauderdale? Our Peacock Bass Fishing Guides will take you on an urban fishing trip you won’t forget in the South Florida area Lakes and Canals. The Peacock Bass have flourished in these urban canals and lakes over the last 20 years and all of this great fishing is just a stone’s throw of most anywhere in Fort Lauderdale.

We specialize in just Peacock Bass. Our Guides are the most experienced and simply the best that fish for the Florida Peacock Bass. Our crew at Bassonline.com will gladly assist you in planning your next Florida fishing trip that’s guaranteed to create a lifetime of memories!
Read about the hard fighting Florida Peacock bass below, then drop us an email or give us a call with any questions you may have.
We take pride in making sure that you will have a wonderful Ft Lauderdale Trip. [READ MORE…] or reserve below…

Ft Lauderdale Snakehead FishingSnakehead Fishing…Asian fish commonly known as a Snakehead is the most recent addition to Ft Lauderdale fishing list of reproducing exotic fish. Before you speculate on what, how, etc., know the Snakehead will have redefined the word mean. This Florida Snakehead has become a great sport fish to have fun with and add to your bucket list.

We have been Snakehead fishing and catching them since the mid-2000s, while Snakehead fishing is restrained to residential canals and ponds in Ft Lauderdale for now. Most anglers initially think there a bowfin (mudfish) until noticing the orange dot, a distinctive dark spot rimmed in brilliant orange near the base of the tail fin.

Since their arrival, we have spent years targeting these fish in our local waters. We have caught as many as 40 on one trip and usually average around 15 per outing. It is fun fishing with lots of explosive topwater strikes and hard runs. Not to mention that you will probably catch plenty of other species as well. You have to love South Florida, the melting pot for everything including fishing. With all of our native and non-native species, we consider where we live in Fort Lauderdale to be one of the most exciting freshwater destinations in the World. It’s a fish that many anglers try fishing for and end up returning again and again. [READ MORE…] or reserve below…

Ft Lauderdale fishing Urban LakesWhen fishing Lake Ida there is a good opportunity for anglers to catch Peacock Bass, Largemouth bass, Sunshine Bass and even Clownknife Fish. Lake Ida is based in a County Park and has a dog park, picnic area as well as very nice restroom facilities.

This fishery is made up of canals and lakes, the canal intersections, bridges, and culverts are generally productive areas for catching most species of fish. Shoreline vegetation, riprap areas, and shady spots associated with bridges also provide excellent fishing areas. Lake Ida is about a 36o-acre lake connected to other lakes by a large canal system. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, spatterdock, and hydrilla. The fish are attracted by the large amounts of shad in the system.

Fish present in Lake Ida include largemouth bass, peacock bass, sunshine bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids. [READ MORE…] or reserve below…

Lake Okeechobee fishing from Ft LauderdaleLake Okeechobee is the most “famous big bass lake” in the world, well-known for the quantity and quality of bass the lake produces on a regular basis. While the lake is not in Ft Lauderdale, it is only located 50 minutes away and is a very popular choice for customers looking for Ft Lauderdale fishing. The reputation on Lake Okeechobee has continued for many years as producing the biggest and best large-mouth bass fishing in Central Florida.

On Okeechobee, the two primary ways to fish are with artificial lures or wild shiners. Bass fishing on the “Big O” with wild shiners is the preferred bait for many anglers for trophy bass. It just happens to be the natural food that they feed on daily. Wild Shiner fishing became very popular many years ago when anglers fishing Okeechobee for largemouth bass would see their feeding habits. It has become an increasingly popular choice because once you’ve experienced this style of fishing you’ll quickly recognize that it’s much more than just sitting and watching bobbers. We have a special kind of tackle and a secret way of hooking and rigging shiners.

Like some of you, we also prefer to fish with artificial lures as much as possible. When fishing Lake Okeechobee with artificial, you will have the choice of spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing. flipping and pitching on Okeechobee is always really popular, it’s always a great lake for topwater plugs do to its shallow depths. We are open to any techniques you’re interested in learning about, just let us know. READ MORE…or reserve below…


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Captain Wayne Fellows Sandbar cruise

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Captain Wayne Fellows took myself and my 5 friends on a sandbar cruise to West Palm Beach Peanut Island sandbar to celebrate a bachelorette party and we had the BEST time. Captain Wayne was an excellent Captain and was extremely accommodating and so much fun! I highly recommend Captain Wayne!
- Meredith Greene

Timmy !!!

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We had a great time! Tim was on time and easy going guide, we all caught bass and was diligent in helping us bait the line and remove the fish we caught my son had fun and we enjoyed the day.
- epintaluga

Captain Kirk Osbourne was awesome! Great Peacock Bass and Snakeheads

Ft Lauderdale Fishing
Captain Kirk knows his stuff! He really gave us an education and we learned a lot and have fished for peacock for 20 years and I leaned a lot. My 33 year old son has had some health issues and is finally able to go fishing again and Captain Kirk was super patient and very accommodating! Next Time I use a guide it will be with Captain Kirk! Only disappointment was his boat was not named the Enterprise! Bass online made this super easy to book. We just had to show up it was freaking awesome!!!!
- Greg S
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Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Brett IsacksonCaptain Brett Isackson Capt. Brett Isackson is a full-time South Florida fishing guide, specializing on Miami Peacock bass and large-mouth bass in the Everglades and on Lake Okeechobee and has been known to be vary versatile, live-bait or artificial he can catch them. No trip is to long and there’s always more fish to be caught, that’s his motto.
Brett’s energetic and can be heard on our Bass Fishing reports every week giving his latest fishing report for the Southeast Region of Florida. [Read More…]
Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Tony MasielloCapt. Tony Masiello is a full-time South Florida bass fishing guides, specializing on Florida Peacock bass in Miami and large-mouth bass fishing in the Everglades. Live-bait or artificial, Tony can teach you both of them. Tony’s specialty is going way back into the Everglades flats and fishing top-water all day, does that sound like fun or what! You can also read Capt. Tony Everglades fishing reports every morning giving his latest fishing tips. Your trip with Tony is guaranteed to be a fun trip, so do not ask for Tony unless your interested in a good time. [Read More…]
Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Roger GonzalezCapt Roger Gonzalez is a local bass fishing professional. Experience includes Stern Series, BFL tournaments and many other local tournaments including two-time top 5 finishes on the FLW Tour.
Including being one of the best Peacock bass guides in South Florida and conveniently speaks Spanish for all of our South American visitors. Capt Roger is a South Florida bass fishing guides and is well versed in all types and styles of fishing, one of his favorites is the Skinny Dipper. Ask him about it, you would never guess there could be so many options. Roger guides in the Everglades, but really excels at Peacock bass in the Miami area! [Read More…]
Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Doug JansenCaptain Doug Jansen joins BassOnline after relocating to Florida from Louisville, Kentucky. As a native Kentuckian, Doug owned a successful family business for over 35 years and was lucky enough to retire early and fish full-time. Captain Doug’s passion for fishing began at an early age fishing Lakes Barkley, Kentucky, Barren and Taylorsville and competing in tournaments statewide. Captain Doug began fishing Lake Okeechobee in the early 1990s and hasn’t missed a season since. Although Captain Doug customarily spent most of his time on Lake Okeechobee, he has recently expanded his guiding to include Lake Ida for Peacock Bass, and the Everglades for Large Mouth Bass. [Read More…]
Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Bob Miley Capt Bob Miley started bass fishing in 1969, in the Everglades. The very first trip out he caught a 10lb 0/8 o/z largemouth bass, and has been fishing for bass ever since.
Robert started the fishing club called the Homestead Ambassadors in 1974, which was B.A.S.S. affiliated at the time. He also belongs to Trail Glades Bassmasters, of Miami, where he am still a current member. Robert also belongs to S.A.F.E.R., South Florida Anglers for Everglades Restoration. Robert Miley has been fishing professionally on the B.A.S.S. Eastern Division, for the past 7 years. He also has been working with several Rep Groups over the past 6 years, and travels to almost all of the Bass Pro Shops…[Read More…]
Ft Lauderdale Fishing - Capt Mark ShepardCaptain Mark Shepard is a full-time guide and touring professional. Experience includes BASS Master, FLW Tours, Everstart, BFL tournaments and many others. Mark has a list of accomplishments in the fishing industry a mile long including a Everstart WIN on Lake Eufaula, AL. Mark originally from Florida moved to Ohio to sharpen him northern skills and moved back from Ohio years ago to master guiding on world-famous Lake Okeechobee Mark is sponsored by:Jolly Roger Marina, Zoom, Revo Reels, Cabin Creek Baits, Mercury Marine, Power Pole and Bass OnLine.com. Mark’s our lead guide on the “Big O” Lake Okeechobee, he has also become a master of the Everglades [Read More…]





Fort Lauderdale is home to a wide variety of beautiful fish species. When fishing sunny South Florida in and around Fort Lauderdale we all know the deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale is excellent year round and you can expect almost everything. but hold on, the Ft Lauderdale freshwater has its share of exciting species as well. Home of the Everglades, quoted as the #1 bass fishing in Florida for share catching.

And while the local area has its share of trophy bass fishing lakes it has several other species that may pique your interest. Ft Lauderdale is also the home to might Asian Snakehead, a topwater giant that will demand your respect. But lets also not forget about the hard fighting Peacock bass brought hear from South American & more.

There isn’t any place in the world to match the opportunity and with measured accomplishments for anglers then Ft Lauderdale fishing. It maybe the land of beaches, great food and nightlife but the fishing it what keeps people coming back.

“Ft Lauderdale’s beaches and Cruise Port are no doubt the attractions, but the highlights for many could easily be considered the vast amount of fishing opportunities!”

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