Tampa Bay Fishing Reports


See this page for Tampa Bay fishing reports. This is an ongoing list showcasing current top saltwater angling opportunities across this Central Florida Gulf coastal area.

Perennial Fishing Hot Spots in Tampa Bay Area

There are certainly many different locations in this broad saltwater area that hold good fish on a regular basis. But, some of the mainstays that most any angler can access include these Tampa Bay and surrounding Gulf of Mexico shoreline spots.

This would include Tampa proper, Clearwater and down to Anna Maria, the Northern part of Bradenton.

  • Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier
  • Big Pier 60 – Clearwater Beach
  • John’s Pass
  • Madeira Beach
  • Fort Desoto Park
  • Gandy Bridge Pilings
  • The Long Pier at Redington Shores
  • Rock Piles (just about anywhere you find them)
  • Artificial Reefs and Structure

Tampa Bay Fishing Reports and Surrounding Area

See the various report sources for full angling hot spot articles.

  • August 3, 2017: TheLedger – Saltwater Fishing Report Mangrove Snapper Best Bet.

It appears that the mangrove snapper bite is hot in most of the key areas. Offshore, inshore artificial, beach piers and hard bottom ledges in the bay. While keeper trout are scarce, there are plenty of under-sized gag grouper biting on hard bottom ledges and drop-offs in the bay. Also the catch and release snook bite is good from the northern end to the southern end of the area.

Get some live whitebait and greenbacks for the best chances.

Video: Fishing in St. Pete/Clearwater

Keep checking back as we update with more Tampa Bay fishing reports and surrounding area.