Fishing in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Space Coast

Fishing on Florida's Space Coast

Great Fishing in Palm Bay, FL

The Palm Bay area offers vast array of options for the modern fisherman and provides some of the best saltwater fishing this side of the coast. The opportunities are unlimited to visitors and locals. Prime boating access to the Indian River Lagoon and the Intercoastal Waterway make for a fishing paradise. Going Coastal Fishing Charters will show you the art to life on the water if you haven’t mastered it quite yet! Let an expert fisherman lead you on an expedition of the seas to capture the biggest catches of the day. These captains will show you the ropes and hand over a rod to cast out on the sea. If you’re a fisherman that works best alone, then that’s great too. The unique combination of water on the intercoastal provides a variety of unbelievable opportunities both onshore and offshore. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of the best fishing docks the Bay has to offer.

Local bait stores will be more than happy to provide the basics for reeling in a nice catch, so there’s no need to worry about having it all! In addition to the intercoastal and lagoon, the great outdoors of Palm Bay also offers access to marshes. The marshes in Palm Bay are home to some of the best catches that fishermen have had the pleasure to experience. Three Forks Marsh and Stick Marsh are located along the St. Johns River and have boating and fishing docks available to visitors. A large variety of popular sportfish are very common on expeditions in the marshes. In fact, this is one of the top ten trophy bass spots in the state!

Stick Marsh

The Stick Marsh is highly regarded as one of the premier bass fishing locations in the United States. More than 6,500 acres of stump-filled shallows hold what may be the largest average weight large-mouth bass population available to anglers fishing.

Sunset of Stick Marsh in Palm Bay, FL
Camp Holly

Camp Holly Fishing and Adventures provides airboat nature tours through St. Johns River marsh, as well as guided bass fishing. Experienced and professional guides will give you the day you’ve been looking for when it comes to bass fishing in the St. Johns River.

An airboat nature tour through the St. Johns River at Camp Holly
Three Forks Marsh

This man-made impoundment was originally designed to help with flood control similar to the Stick Marsh. It has since become an excellent source for bass fishing on the St. John’s River.

Fishing at Three Forks Marsh in Palm Bay, FL
Bass Pro Shop

This is more than just a fishing and hunting store. You're invited to their old Florida Cracker-style store complete with a front porch area, tin roof and laid back Florida-style seating. Peruse their departments such as camping, gifts and nature center, apparel and footwear, marine tracker boats, and water sports.

Bass Pro Shop in Palm Bay, FL
C-54 Canal

This 12-mile long canal way starts at the Stick Marsh and ends at the Sebastian Inlet. It has become a popular spot for kayak and boat fishing.

Aerial view of the C-54 Canal in Palm Bay, FL - photo credit Indian River by Air
Fred Poppe Regional Park

This family-friendly, 200-acre park has rustic group camping and four lakes with shoreline fishing. The park has two large pavilions and one small pavilion, all with charcoal grills, restrooms, and electric and/or water. 

Fred Poppe Regional Park
Going Coastal Charters

On this guided fishing charter, guests can choose to take inshore trips near Melbourne and Palm Bay where they can fish for redfish, trout, snook and flounder. Near shore trips are also available out of Sebastian Inlet for tarpon, cobia, kingfish, and much more. 

Offshore fishing with Going Coastal Charters
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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official 2019 Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: