The Everglades are a Fishing Paradise

Everglades fishing

A man fishing in the Everglades.

Because about a third of Everglades National Park is covered in water, it should come as no surprise that the Everglades is not only a beautiful place to explore, but also an excellent place to fish. Fishermen come from all over the world to fish the freshwater, saltwater, and brackish waters of the Everglades, where the variety in the salinity levels in the water also brings quite a variety in fish species that live here as well.

There are currently believed to be more than 300 species of fish found in the Everglades today, and both new and experienced fishermen come to the area from all over the world to find them and test their skills. Some of the most common species found in the Everglades today are:

  • Tarpon
  • Flagfish
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Mullet
  • Great Barracuda
  • Spotted Sunfish
  • Florida Gar
  • Diamond Killifish
  • Channel Catfish

The fish that typically inhabit the Everglades are highly adaptable to environmental changes. They would have to be, because the water levels change so drastically between the wet and dry seasons in Florida, heavily effecting all plant and animal life in the area. During the dry season, fish are limited in habitable areas and are especially vulnerable to predators like alligators, crocodiles, and birds, while during the wet season, the area floods and fish are scattered and abundant throughout.

It’s important to note that fishing in the Everglades requires a special permit, with separate permits being issued for freshwater and saltwater fishing areas. Many species in the area are already in danger of extinction from over-fishing and pollution, so regulating this sport is very important for ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy it as well.

Captain Mitch offers chartered fishing in the Everglades, perfect for fishermen of all skill levels to enjoy a day out on the water together. And for those uninterested in fishing, all the beautiful fish of the Everglades can be simply observed and enjoyed as well on a fun family airboat ride through Everglades National Park.