Prime Fishing Near Citrus Hills
One of the greatest assets of the Nature Coast area is that there are endless opportunities for fishing. Living in the Villages of Citrus Hills you are in close proximity to all of these options, which is a dream come true for anglers of all ages.
With the Gulf Coast to the west, Lake Rousseau to the north, and dozens of small lakes to the east, Citrus Hills is literally surrounded by great fishing waters.
If you are new to fishing in Florida, you will want to make sure that you are in compliance with all of the state and local regulations. Depending on the type of fishing you are doing, you may be required to purchase a license. Your charter captain, or resort manager, should be able to assist you in this regard. Licenses are generally not required for charter fishing, but are usually required for non-charter fishing.
You can learn more about license requirements at: www.myfwc.com/fishing
Here are some of the best local fishing experiences:
Angler’s Resort Motel
Located along the banks of the Withlacoochee River, Angler’s Resort is an ideal location for Bass fishing. The resort offers motel rooms, boat rentals, and a full service bait shop. In addition to the excellent bass fishing, there are multiple boat tours that depart from the resort on a regular schedule. Visitors will also enjoy spending time at the waterfront tiki bar and restaurant.
Bill’s Fish Camp & Motel
Bill’s Fish Camp is a no-frills destination for the serious fisherman. Accommodations include a motel and campground, as well as a cleaning room and cook house that is available for all guests to use. If you are looking for a true nature experience, Bill’s Fish Camp is a great place to start!
Cedar Key Marina
Another excellent place to use as a home base for your fishing excursion is Cedar Key Marina. This operation offers everything you could ever need regarding boating and fishing. They will store your boat, service your boat, sell you a new boat, rent you a boat, or take you out on one of their boats.
Citrus County Fishing Charters
Citrus County Fishing Charters is a smaller operation that is run by Captain John Andrews. He is a local resident with more than 20 years experience running fishing charters. That experience, combined with a vast knowledge of the local waters, allows him to know depending on the season, exactly where to look for Kingfish, Mackerel, Cobia, Snapper, Grunts, Sea Bass, and Goliath Grouper.
Homosassa & Crystal River Fishing Charters
If you are looking for a boating experience where everything is taken care of for you, then Homosassa & Crystal Rivers Fishing Charters is a great place to start. Captain Jody Hogan is a local resident with years of experience running fishing charters, scalloping charters, and manatee tours. He knows exactly where to take you to find Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, Grouper, and Snapper. All you will have to bring are snacks and sunscreen!
Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing Resort
Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing Resort caters to anglers that bring their own accommodations in the form of an RV. The park has 120 full RV hookups and a wide range of amenities. The lake is known for its huge Largemouth Bass population. Canoe and Boat Slip rentals are also available.
MacRae’s of Homosassa
MacRae’s offers the complete package when it comes to fishing and boating getaways. All you have to do is show up and they’ll take care of the rest. They have multiple options for rooms and cabins. There is a riverfront restaurant with nightly entertainment, and a bait house that can supply you with everything you need, including boat rentals by the day, half day, or hour.
These are just a few of the nearly endless fishing and boating options in and around the Citrus County area. Whether you are an expert angler or have never baited a hook before, there is an exciting experience ready for you at one of these locations!
The Plantation On Crystal River
Few places compare to Crystal River when it comes to Florida sport fishing, salt or freshwater. There really isn’t a better place to cast out your lines to fish for an inshore slam of Tarpon, Redfish and Speckled Trout. Offshore opportunities include Grouper, a variety of Snapper, smoker Kingfish and Cobia to name a few. Any time of the year there will be a fishing season to enjoy!
Captain Kelly Kofmehl is a Citrus River fishing guide that is a Citrus County native and has worked and fished the waters for the Nature Coast for over 30 years. He is a third generation Florida Fisherman and his family has been guiding enthusiasts since the 1950’s.
Many different species of fish inhabit the waters of the Nature Coast such as the Speckled Trout, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sharks, Tarpon, Pompano, Snook, Tarpon, and many others, which live on the Grass Flats. The Mangrove creeks, Rock flats, and Oyster Bars are the home of the mighty Redfish, one of the most sought after game fish of Florida.