Inshore

 

The Sebastian River Area not only offers premier saltwater fishing along the Central East Coast of Florida but there's also great inshore fishing. There are over 13,000 acres of freshwater wilderness famous for trophy bass, the diverse Indian River Lagoon has over 500 species of fish and the St. Sebastian River takes you back in time with its "Old Florida" charm.

The Indian River Lagoon is just one of the many waterways that attracts fisherman to the Sebastian River Area. Being an estuary of national significance, North America’s most biologically diverse, it has more than 2,200 different species of animals and 2,100 species of plants. It is 156 miles and spans through 6 counties varying in width from .5 to 5 miles and averaging 3 feet in depth. The Lagoon serves as a spawning and nursery ground for many different species of oceanic and lagoon fish and shellfish. The diversity of the lagoon draws millions of boaters and fisherman annually. Red drum, spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are the main gamefish sought.

 

If you head west and take a trip down the St. Sebastian River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon, it will take you back in time. The water is brackish which sustains both freshwater and saltwater species. Some examples of species found in the river are tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, bass and mullet. As you head farther back into the River, it forks off into two mangrove-lined branches. The north fork has been channeled and dammed and is a great place for novice fly anglers to hone their skills. The south fork has remained natural and meandering. This river is lined with sawgrass and mangroves, offering excellent habitat for both predator and prey. A no-wake zone makes the St. Sebastian River a truly peaceful place to fish!

 

If you head west to Fellsmere, you’ll find some of the best bass fishing in the Country. The Stick Marsh/Farm 13 is a 6,500 acre reservoir near Fellsmere that was created in 1987. The Stick Marsh is a freshwater fisherman’s paradise with its fantastic fishery of Word-class proportions. It is best known for its largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and shellcrackers. Most anglers come to the Stick Marsh looking for double-digit trophy bass! Fishing days of catching and releasing 75+ bass are not unheard of on these lakes.

Blue Cypress Lake, located just west of Fellsmere, is the largest lake in the Treasure Coast and Indian River County. It is the headwater of the St. John’s River and is over 6,500 acres in size and has an average depth of 8 feet. The lake's name comes from the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun's rays reflect off the water. Blue Cypress Lake offers some of the cleanest water in Florida which makes the perfect home for bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel, crappie, largemouth bass, shellcrackers, and warmouth. The largest largemouth bass on record at the lake weighed in at an impressive 18 pounds, 2 ounces.

Lake Garcia is a 3,149 acre section of Blue Cypress Water Management Area. This impoundment is noted for good numbers of smaller largemouth bass, but does produce its share of trophy bass each year. Largemouth, bluegill and black crappie are the sportfish most often targeted by anglers.

The Stick Marsh, Blue Cypress Lake, and Lake Garcia are considered to be some of the best kept fishing secrets in Central Florida with their premiere bass fishing, along with bluegill, crappie, speck and catfish. These unspoiled waters are also perfect for an airboat captain’s guided tour which is a great way to observe exotic birds, plants, turtles and Florida alligators in their own natural environment.

Click here for a listing of Fishing Charters in the Sebastian River Area.

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Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1958, the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote business development, encourage growth of tourism & enhance the quality of life in the Sebastian River Area, located in Indian River and Brevard Counties, Florida. We represent over 450 businesses and serve various communities such as Wabasso, Fellsmere, Grant, Micco, Little Hollywood, Sebastian and surrounding areas such as Vero Beach and Melbourne, Florida.




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