Something for every Angler

Fishing and Scalloping

There are several ways you can plan your fishing adventure – let us secure your chartered trip with a professional guide or you can make your own arrangements. Most chartered fishing guides will pick you up at Homosassa Island Lodge.



The Nature Coast

Get ready for what many call the ‘best fishing in the state of Florida’. The Homosassa River, with its marsh grass and salt flats, along with the Gulf of Mexico, is hailed as some of the best fishing you will find anywhere. Sandy and rock flats, oyster bars, and marsh grasses provide refuge for redfish and trout; One of Homosassa’s top game fish, the redfish can be caught year round, but March through December are the best months. Speckled trout are one of the most abundant inshore game fish in the area.

Redfish, trout and cobia are only part of the bounty. At various times throughout the year, anglers can cast for bluefish, sheepshead, black drum, Spanish mackerel, grouper and tarpon. Homosassa, with its abundant fishing opportunities and authentic Florida charm, is a throw back to a slower pace of life that willingly lets the world go by while visitors and residents relish in its calm.

It is important for beginner boaters and anglers to know the waters well, as Homosassa is also home to many shallow and rocky areas that can very quickly wreck havoc with your lower unit. Unless you are familiar with the Homosassa River and Gulf Coast, we recommend using a professional fishing guide that can take you to the best fishing spots in Homosassa.

Since many fish species are seasonal, we have added the charts below to help you determine when to reserve your dates. Homosassa Island Lodge rentals are in high demand during Scallop Season (June 24 – September 23, 2017) , so reserve your dates well in advance. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for more detailed information about fishing seasons.

“My son caught his first Red Fish just standing at the wall of the island.”


“I’ve stayed here for 5 straight years for our annual scalloping trip.”