|Indian River Lagoon Information
|The Indian River Lagoon is not a river at all. It is a large shallow lagoon that
stretches over 150 miles along the east central coast of Florida between the
towns of Titusville and Stuart. The Indian River Lagoon system is made up of
the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon.
There southern portion of the Indian River is influenced by tides from water
flowing through the Sebastian, Fort Pierce, and St. Lucie Inlets. The
northern Indian River Lagoon is far from any inlet and does not experience
tidal changes. It is this northern region that is close to Orlando, New Smyrna,
Daytona, and Cocoa Beach. Along with the Mosquito Lagoon, to which it
connects, the north Indian River Lagoon is the only place where redfish live
their entire lives inshore. As a result, anglers can catch trophy sized redfish
all year round. Numerous record redfish and spotted seatrout have been
The Indian River is not just home to redfish and seatrout. Tarpon from
juveniles to full grown adults can be caught during the warmer months.
Snook, black drum, jack crevalle, flounder, ladyfish, sheephead, and
snapper are some of the other types of fish that are frequently caught. It is
this variety along with the chance to catch huge game fish that make the
inshore saltwater fishing so popular. Although the waterway is long, it is quite
narrow. In windy conditions, this allows for fishing along lee shorelines. While
the water can get choppy at times, it is not like ocean fishing and sea
sickness has never been an issue on any of my charters.
The shallow clear waters of the Indian River are excellent for anglers who
enjoy sight fishing with light tackle and fly. The grass flats are home to a
multitude of shrimp, crabs, and baitfish which attracts the redfish, seatrout,
and other predators.
A portion of the northern Indian River Lagoon is inside the Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge. This undeveloped land surrounds the Kennedy
Space Center. In addition to great fishing all year long, there is a variety of
marine and bird live to be seen. Dolphin, manatee, otters, alligators, osprey,
herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks are just some of the
animals that make their home here. In the winter months, ducks and white
pelicans migrate to the area.
Just 45 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Daytona Beach and
Cocoa Beach, the Indian River offers the best saltwater inshore fishing in
central Florida. Fishing is great year round so call me to book a charter no
matter when you are visiting Florida. I provide all licenses, baits, and tackle.
All you need to do is show up with your choice of food and drink and begin
To see what we have been catching, check out my latest Fishing Report.
|Fishing the Indian River Lagoon - Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
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Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona
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