9 best Siesta Key fishing spots
9 best Siesta Key fishing spots
Here is my list of the 9 best Siesta Key fishing spots. After over twenty five years of running fishing charters on Siesta Key, I have learned all of the best places to fish, and I am sharing them here. Siesta Key offers visiting anglers the opportunity to catch a variety of species from both shore and from a boat.
Capt Jim has written a very long and comprehensive post on fishing in Sarasota. It covers every aspect including tackle, rigging, lures and baits, techniques, locations, and species. Anglers can read it HERE.
The 9 best siesta Key fishing spots are as follows; Bay Island Park, Shell Rd, Robert’s Bay, Siesta Key Beaches, Phillippi Creek, Stickney Pt., Pt. of Rocks, Little Sarasota Bay, and Turtle Beach. These spots will produce for anglers at various times of year, depending on conditions.
1) Bay Island Park offers anglers a convenient place to fish, either from the sea wall or the Siesta Drive Bridge. Parking is plentiful and there is a portable restroom. Anglers can cast from the sea wall and catch snook, trout, pompano, ladyfish, snapper, and more. A free lined live shrimp is tough to beat. Outgoing tides early and late are great times to fish. Bridge fisherman will score on the same species, especially at night. Just be careful of the traffic!
2) Shell Rd is a cool little park right in Big Sarasota Pass. Pompano, snook, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, sharks, flounder, sheepshead, and other species are landed. Jigs and spoons work well for anglers who prefer casting artificial lures. Live shrimp always is a good choice. Anglers with boats drift the pass and fish the structure all along the north end of Siesta Key.
3) Robert’s Bay is a spot for anglers with a boat. Oyster bars, docks, and mangrove shorelines hold snook, jacks, and redfish. Live bait and artificial lures with produce. Topwater plugs are great early and late on a high tide. Jigs and sahrimp produce trout and ladyfish on the deeper grass flats.
4) Siesta Key beaches offer outstanding fishing when conditions are good. Clear water is important. Fishing is not as good when the water is churned up and muddy. Shrimp will produce whiting, trout, and flounder in the winter. Pompano, ladyfish, and mackerel are taken in spring and fall. Lures will catch a lot of fish as well. Sight casting for snook can be very good in the summer time.
5) Phillippi Creek is a fantastic fishing spot, especially in the cooler months. Snook and jacks with be found at the mouth and up in the creek itself. Shallow diving plugs will catch fish without getting hung up. Snapper and sheepshead congregate on the channel edges, which are rock ledges. Live shrimp works best for bottom fishing.
6) Stickney Point has a park that is accessible for anglers shore fishing. Outgoing tides in the morning and evening are best. Sheepshead, ladyfish, snook, snapper, and trout are the species most often caught. The bridge is a very good night snook spot. It also produces snapper, sheepshead, drum, and flounder.
7) Point of Rocks is the best spot to fish on the Gulf of Mexico side of Siesta Key. Rock ledges attract bait and game fish. Just about every species can be caught here at one time or another. Parking in the neighborhood is prohibited. Anglers must use the public access and walk a half mile or so, but it is worth it!
8) Little Sarasota Bay has many oyster bars and a few grass beds that hold fish. Snook, reds, trout, and jacks will be found on the bars. Trout, ladyfish, and pompano with be landed drifting the grass flats. For the most part, this is a boaters spot.
9) Turtle Beach gives anglers the opportunity to fish the surf or the backwater lagoon. Surf fishiong is good when seas are calm, while the lagoon is best when the surf is churned up. There is a nice boat ramp along with picknic tables, grills, and a portable restroom.