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Where are the best fishing spots near Naples, Florida?

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As the weather continues to get warmer, it's the perfect time to get out on the water.

Florida is home to a lot of saltwater fish. Living in Southwest Florida offers you a great opportunity to try your hand at fishing.

So where do you start? We'll cover you. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about saltwater fishing in Collier County this summer.

How do I get a fishing license?

To fish in Florida you need a license. Here are some ways you can get one.

  1. Apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com
  2. Visit your local tax collector's office.
  3. Call 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888) 347-4356
  4. Download the Fish|Hunt FL app on your Apple or Android device.

What types of fish can I find in the Gulf?

With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, exploring our local Collier waters is a great idea. But which fish can you find at which times of the year? This is what the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says:

  • Red drum: Summer to fall
  • Snook: Rest period from December 1st to the end of February and from May 1st to September 30th
  • Tarpon: Spring to early summer
  • Sheepshead: From autumn to spring
  • Allow: Spring to autumn

More: Six Collier County fishing captains and guides are among the best in the world

Where can I fish in Collier?

The FWC lists five locations as popular fishing spots in Collier County. Two are currently closed, but we've added some updates to them. Here are the locations and what you should know about them.

  • Caxambas Park: 909 Collier Court, Marco Island, CURRENTLY CLOSED
    • This popular boat park on Marco Island has been closed since Hurricane Ian devastated the area in 2022. But in January, the county held a meeting to discuss possible bids to rebuild the popular park.
    • Once an offer is accepted, it could take eight to 12 months to repair the seawalls, docks and ramps.
  • Cocohatchee River Park Marina: 397 Dockside Drive, Naples
    • Offers golf access via Wiggins Pass
    • Has plenty of parking and four boat docks
    • Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
  • Collier-Seminole State Park: 20200 Tamiami Trail E, Naples
    • $5 entry per vehicle for two to eight people
    • $4 boat ramp fee that provides access to the Blackwater River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico
    • Opening hours: 8 a.m. to sunset, 365 days a year
  • Naples Beach Pier: 25 12th Ave S, Naples, CURRENTLY CLOSED
    • The pier was destroyed by Hurricane Ian in 2022 and city officials have been working to rebuild it ever since. The latest update is that the design plans are fully completed and are being sent out for tender.
    • Currently only a portion of the pier is open to the public and fishing is not permitted at this time.
    • Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: 300 Tower Road, Naples
    • Fishing is a popular pastime in Rookery Bay. As long as you follow FWC laws, you are allowed to fish on the property.
    • Charter boats, fishing guides and boat rentals are available on the bay.
    • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

What are some ways to fish safely and ethically?

The FWC has compiled a list of the best measures to keep fishing safe and respectful. Here are her best tips!

  1. Be an ethical angler: Know when to keep your catch and when to release it. Make sure you can identify the fish you are targeting and always follow government regulations.
  2. Be ready at the ramp: Before starting, make sure your boat and equipment are ready to sail.
  3. Wear a life jacket.
  4. Watch the wake: Maintain a minimum distance of 200 feet from shore and other boaters. Make sure you do not maintain wake zones and give in to wade fishing.
  5. Boat safe: Make sure you know who had the right of way and when.
  6. Be polite on land: Do not cast a line when there are many swimmers or crowd anglers fishing from shore.
  7. Do not throw away: Recycle your fishing line and dispose of your trash in the right place on land.
  8. Practice safe docking: Watch other boats moor and do the same. Maintain a safe distance from other boaters and anglers.
  9. stay calm: Sound is amplified over the water, which may disturb other boaters or those who live near the water.
  10. keep distance: Noise or waves from your boat can cost another angler their catch.

How can I join a local fishing trip?

There are several fishing charter companies in Naples and Collier County that offer guided fishing experiences. Here are some ways to book a charter locally.

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