The portion of the Myakka River that flows through Myakka
River State Park below the dam is very good for panfish.
Ultra-light spin and fly tackle is used to catch them.
Plugs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic baits are cast towards
likely structure and retrieved back in hopes of eliciting a strike.
This is “quality over quantity” fishing; while there are not
usually a lot of numbers, there is an opportunity to catch a 30” snook on every trip.
Other species are caught on these lower Myakka River charters, too. Catfish are plentiful, as are tilapia, and both take live worms readily. Bluegill are not abundant, but the ones we catch are usually large.
The “Magical” Myakka River is a half hour drive from Sarasota.
It is a Florida “Wild and Scenic River”, one of only two in the state. The upper portion flows through Myakka City then into Myakka River State Park where a weir dam forms Upper Myakka Lake. During summer when the water level is up fishing can be very good for bass, bream, and crappie on Florida River Fishing Charters.
This is a typical Florida “dishbowl” lake, very shallow with little contour. Grass and submerged vegetation is the primary cover and holds bass and other gamefish.
The Myakka River then flows to Lower Myakka Lake and then
over a private dam. The Myakka River below this dam down
to the Tamiami Trail Bridge is tidally influenced brackish water. While largemouth bass and bream are present, snook become the primary target in this section of the Myakka River Most of my Florida River Fishing Charters are done on this portion of the Myakka River.
Florida’s premier freshwater gamefish, the largemouth bass,
is also found in the Myakka River and will take the same lures
as snook. They are a fun and exciting “by-catch” while enjoying
a lower Myakka River fishing charter.