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Fishing in Siesta Key

Off of Siesta Key’s 8-mile-long barrier island, you’ll find some of the best fishing with the most beautiful beaches as backdrops. Whether you are an avid angler or a novice looking for a fun, family-friendly adventure on the water, Siesta Key has something to offer everyone. Siesta Key’s position offers the best of inshore and offshore fishing, as close as within the surrounding bay or as far out as the Gulf of Mexico. With countless opportunities for a memorable fishing experience, make the most of your time with one of AnyCreek’s local guides

Siesta Key Fishing Charters

Inshore waters — and the neighboring Sarasota — provide exciting opportunities to target gamefish including snookspeckled sea troutredfish, jack crevalle, and grouper. Offshore waters open Siesta Key up to larger species to target including mahi mahi, kingfish, and tuna. The mangroves and grass flats present numerous fishing spots inshore, with the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Siesta Key having plentiful underwater structures that larger gamefish congregate around. To navigate these waters with the greatest success, book a licensed AnyCreek guide

Siesta Key Fish Species

Whether you prefer shore or boat fishing, Siesta Key promises unlimited opportunities for anglers of all ages and skill levels. With its diverse ecosystems of fresh, brackish, and saltwater, the Siesta Key is home to a wide array of fish species for anglers to target.


Snook fishing in Florida is largely determined by water temperature, but Siesta offers great snook fishing opportunities nearly year-round. Snook are commonly found near mangrove-lined shorelines, bridges, and passes. These fish primarily feed on smaller fish, shrimp, crabs, and small invertebrates. Keep this information in mind when choosing your flies, baits, and lures. 

Speckled Sea Trout

Speckled sea trout, also known as spotted sea trout, are highly sought-after inshore game fish, prized for their delectable taste. Many inshore fishermen in Florida love targeting these fish on light tackle. Using live bait like shrimp or pinfish beneath a popping cork is highly effective when fishing for sea trout. Cast your lures over grass flats, channels, or deeper troughs and potholes, and experiment with different retrieval techniques — such as steady retrieves or twitches and pauses — to mimic the movements of fleeing baitfish or shrimp.


Redfish, also known as red drum, thrive in grassy areas, over muddy or sandy bottoms, and near oyster bars or spring-fed creeks. Florida redfish can be caught using various techniques — such as floating live shrimp under a popping cork, or casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons, and flies.

Jack Crevalle

Jack crevalle can grow in excess of 20 pounds, but are most commonly in the 3- to 5-pound range. Jack crevalle live both inshore and in open waters as they are very adaptable to different salinity levels and tend to follow concentrations of baitfish. 


The grouper is a prized and popular game fish known for its impressive weight, averaging around 10-15 pounds. These fish can be found in diverse habitats, including reefs, wrecks, and rocky structures. The prime time to fish for grouper is from February to April, and they eagerly take various live baits like pinfish, pilchards, and threadfins. Siesta Key is home to several grouper species, including the red grouper and gag grouper, which inhabit the area's offshore reefs and wrecks. 

Fishing Seasons in Siesta Key

Below is a chart of the best seasons for some top recreation fish species around Siesta Key. Regulations can change year by year, so make sure to reference the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for up-to-date rules and regulations.

SpeciesMonths Open
GrouperSeptember- November 11th
SnookMarch-April, September-November
Sea TroutMarch-January
BonefishOpen year-round, catch and release only
MackerelOpen year-round
SnapperOpen year-round

Fishing Spots around Siesta Key

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Beautiful sunset over Siesta Key. Courtesy of Florida Keys Fun Fishing.

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach offers anglers a serene and productive fishing experience. With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, it provides opportunities for both inshore and offshore fishing adventures. Anglers can target a variety of species such as snookspotted sea trout, and redfish along the mangrove-lined shores. Additionally, deeper waters off Crescent Beach attract larger gamefish like grouper and kingfish, making it a versatile spot for anglers of all skill levels.

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is renowned for its tranquil ambiance and excellent fishing opportunities. Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, this spot offers anglers access to diverse habitats, including mangrove estuaries and grass flats. Anglers can expect to encounter species such as snook, jack crevalle, and mangrove snapper. The calm waters and scenic surroundings make Turtle Beach an ideal destination for a relaxing day of fishing with family and friends.

Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach, famous for its powdery white sands and crystal-clear waters, also offers fantastic fishing prospects. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or venture out into deeper waters for a chance to hook into a variety of species. From snook and redfish to Spanish mackerel and flounder, Siesta Beach provides ample opportunities for anglers to reel in their next big catch. Additionally, its convenient amenities and stunning views make it a popular choice for shore-based fishing enthusiasts.

What to do Shoreside in Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key boasts an array of shoreside activities to complement your fishing excursion. Indulge in culinary delights at renowned establishments like The CottageOphelia's on the Bay, and Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB). Immerse yourself in the local culture by joining the Siesta Key Drum Circle or rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the scenic waterways. Take a leisurely stroll through Siesta Village, where charming boutiques and cafes await. Don't miss the opportunity to witness breathtaking sunsets, engage in beach yoga sessions, or snorkel at Point of Rocks for an unforgettable shoreside experience.

Planning Your Siesta Key Fishing Trip

When organizing a fishing trip to Siesta Key, you should consider several factors. First, determine the best time to go based on weather, water conditions, and peak fishing seasons to target your desired species effectively. Next, you will want to book a local captain with expert knowledge of the area its different species. Guides can enhance your angling skills and offer valuable insights of local waters, ecosystems, and fishing regulations. Also, pack appropriate clothing for the weather; bring sun protection, polarized sunglasses, and rain gear.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing in Siesta Key

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