River Fishing

Florida River Fishing Guide Charter


Manatee River Fishing

Lake Manatee lies ten miles east of I-75 in Bradenton along
SR 64. It is a bit unique amongst Florida lakes in that it is
quite deep in places. It is a very productive lake for bluegill, crappie, and catfish and also has a good population of largemouth bass.

Snook are caught on most Florida River Fishing Charters, though the Myakka generally produces larger fish. Still, these are great sport on the light spinning tackle used on these trips.


The Manatee River below the dam at Lake Manatee to Rye Rd is very shallow and in periods of low water is only fishable by kayak or canoe. The section of the Manatee River from Rye Rd to Ft. Hamer is the most productive stretch that I fish on Florida River Fishing Charters. The Manatee River offers more variety on a consistent basis than the Myakka River, bass are more plentiful though we generally catch fewer and smaller snook.


Bream fishing is also pretty reliable for anglers choosing either ultra-light spin or fly tackle.  Catfish grow large and will bust up that light tackle!  Saltwater species such as ladyfish, redfish, and jacks are caught often as it is not very far to Tampa Bay.

Manatee River Meet Spot,  Ray's Canoe Hideaway 1247 Hagle Park Road Bradenton FL 34212

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