Golden Gate Canal
Welcome to the Golden Gate Canal, centrally located between the pristine beaches of Naples/Marco Island, and the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Preserve, and the Collier-Seminole State Park. If you want to explore southwest Florida fishing, then Golden Gate canal system is where you can stay close and save time and money.
There are many other lakes in the region but, they are all man-made rock pits or water retention areas for the numerous housing and golf course developments none similar to the Golden Gate canal system. Most of them are stocked and offer some excellent bass, catfish and panfish fishing. But, many are located on private property, fishing is usually restricted to residents and their guests. If in doubt, assume the lake is private and ask for permission before wetting your line, but these restrictions are why we service the area with professional guide service with boats and access.
Don't confuse the areas shortage of natural lakes and the restricted area lakes with a lack of places to freshwater fish. Southwest Florida has hundreds of miles of drainage canals containing tons of fish called the Golden Gate Canal System. This region has three major canal systems: Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Golden Gate. Certain parts of each system are locally famous for good bass and panfish fishing. Each system has a few boat ramps, some bridges to fish from and plenty of areas where you can fish 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.
This part of the state has year-round largemouth bass and panfish fishing. Most of the bigger bass are caught during the cooler months when the fish are more actively feeding and at their peak bedding time. Panfish, including bluegills and Redear sunfish, will almost always bite a worm, cricket or small minnow.