Myakka River Fishing is a site dedicated to fishing the magical Myakka River in Sarasota, Florida. The Myakka is the state’s only “Florida Wild and Scenic River”. It flows some 70 miles from it’s headwaters in Hardee and Manatee Counties all the way down to Charlotte Harbor. The last 20 miles or so of the Myakka River are tidal and brackish. There is very little development along the entire river, it still retains a charm and feeling of serenity. This truly is the real Florida!


The Myakka is a tale of two rivers. The most productive portion of the upper Myakka River is the stretch between Upper Myakka Lake and Lower Myakka Lake in Myakka River State Park. Under normal conditions the Myakka River has a gentle current with coves and deep holes providing cover and food for game fish. This is an angler’s paradise that gets very little fishing pressure while providing incredible scenery and natural beauty. This is true freshwater and harbors bluegill, stumpknocker, sunfish, crappie, bass, tilapia, gar, and catfish. Fly fisherman do very well here, as do anglers tossing lures on ultra light spinning gear. It is quite shallow in places; small boats, canoes, and kayaks are best suited to fish this section of the river.


There is a private dam several miles below Lower Myakka Lake. The river downstream from this dam is brackish and tidally influenced. In the winter, saltwater game fish such as snook, redfish, and even juvenile tarpon migrate far up the Myakka seeking warmer water and prey. It is not uncommon to hook bass and snook on the same lure on successive casts! I find the stretch between Laurel Rd and SR 41 to be the most productive. Heavier tackle is required as snook to 20 pounds may be encountered.

The unmatched natural beauty along with great fishing combine to make a fishing trip on the Myakka River an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten!




Call Captain Jim Klopfer 941-371-1390