Sarasota Area Fishing

Sarasota County is packed with great fishing. Whether you are interested in fresh or salt water, fishing from a boat, land or pier, you’re sure to find the perfect spot.

Remember, except for special circumstances a license is required for both salt and fresh water fishing. Inquire at your favorite bait shop or contact one of the Sarasota County Tax Collector offices. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have more information. Limited time and lifetime licenses are available at very reasonable prices.

Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, Intercostal Waterway as well as wealth of lakes and tributaries provide endless possibilities.

Boat rentals and charters are offered by at numerous marinas along the Intercostal Waterway.

Three of the more visible popular sites for landlubbers:

Tony Saprito Pier
At the east end of John Ringling Causeway A very popular spot, both from the pier and along the seawall. This site has plenty of parking and a bait shop.

Siesta Bridge
On Siesta Drive, parking available along the road.

Island Park
Downtown bayfront – Fishing along the seawall in a beautiful park atmosphere.