Hi Mr. Springstead,
There are many areas that you can fish on the Anclote River by land.
Here are a few:
- The Anclote River Boat ramp and its beach area;
- The pier by the Anclote Power Plant outflow channel / beach accesses;
- Off bridges that cross the river off Alt.19;
- From the Friendship Trail bridge;
- From the U.S. Hwy. 19 bridge.
Another great area is downtown around all the sponge docks; those deep-water docks will hold a lot of fish year-round. Also if you register at www.theonlinefisherman.com, we have land-based 'fishy-spot maps' with other locations on Google earth. This will allow you to see all the public accesses that you can fish by land if you ever want to try different areas.
The species of fish that you will pursue in the Anclote River will depend on the time of year that you are fishing. During the wintertime from January-March, you will find trout, sheepshead, redfish, snook, black drum, ladyfish, jacks, tarpon and grouper throughout the river. During wintertime, I like to fish the outflow of the Anclote Power Plant because of the warm water discharge. At the discharge you can add cobia, pompano, permit and bluefish to the list.
During the period from mid-March through May, the fishing starts to come into full swing and I target more of these three fish: snook, redfish and tarpon. All of the bridges will be holding these fish. I would fish the bridges around the new and full moons, as this will be the strongest tidal flow and the fish will be waiting in the eddies looking for an easy meal.
In the summer from May-July, the fishing can start to become a little tougher with the warmer water. I would still fish around the bridges but fish in the early morning hours or at night. The water will be cooler and the fish should be happier. In late summer, from July through September, I really start slowing my fishing down in the Anclote River. The water can get all the way up in the 80's and fish just don't feel comfortable in those temperatures.
Then for fall fishing from September-December, the water temperature starts to cool down again and fishing starts to come back in full swing in the Anclote River. I hope this information helps and your next fishing trip is a day to remember.
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Captain David M. Rieumont
The Online Fisherman Inc.