Like baseball, fishing is one of America’s most popular pastimes. Whether you’re casting out into the ocean, a river, or a lake, there are plenty of opportunities all over the country to reel one in.
But, it often helps to surround yourself with beautiful scenery.
Lovers Key State Park is one of Florida’s hidden gems. In fact, it is one of the top 5 most visited state parks in Florida due to its exquisite beauty and all of the activities we offer our visitors.
As the name would suggest, our secluded beaches at Lovers Key are popular locations for weddings and other celebrations.
We are also well known for our fishing opportunities. Before you head out to become a master angler at Lovers Key Beach, there are a few things you should know.
We’ll take a brief look below at exactly what you need to keep in mind.
Lovers Key Beach is Fully Stocked
Our bait shop sits next to our boat ramp that leads into the lush waters of Estero Bay. We have everything you need before embarking on your fishing adventure.
Bait buckets, fishing rods, cast nets, hooks, and lures are only a few pieces of our extensive inventory.
We offer refreshments, such as various snacks and sodas. We also stock souvenirs for those looking to commemorate their visit.
Every now and then we offer our guests free coffee, too!
We Offer Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Don’t feel like casting out from the shores of Lovers Key Beach?
We provide the opportunity to rent kayaks and canoes for those who are looking to explore our surrounding waters.
The further into Estero Bay you go, the more diverse wildlife you will encounter. This includes pleasant sightings of dolphins and manatees.
After launching, you’re able to paddle to Mound Key in under an hour. Mound Key is a renowned state park that boasts winding trails and additional fishing opportunities.
Attend a Local Fishing Workshop
Many people can figure out how to cast and reel on their own. But, attending a class has benefits for all. Even the most seasoned fisherman might pick up a golden nugget about what’s working now in our local water.
International and out-of-state visitors (as well as individuals from Florida) will benefit greatly from a local fishing workshop teaching fishing techniques and a few tricks that keep native species biting.
A class might also go over the rules and regulations that determine what you can and can’t do out on the water to keep you safe and out of trouble.
There are a handful of fish you should handle with care if you ever interact with them. For example, catfish is one of the most commonly caught and cooked fish in the United States. However, amateur anglers may not know they have harmful spines that can easily cause personal injury. A class might point out other local dangers.
Don’t Forget Your License
Under most conditions, it is illegal to fish in the state of Florida.
Unless, of course, you have a current fishing license. Most anglers need a fishing license in order to legally fish in saltwater or freshwater in the state.
Lovers Key Beach is no different than the rest of the state, and visitors looking to fish should always have their license current.
What Are You Waiting For?
There are plenty of fishing opportunities to explore at Lovers Key!
To find out more about what we have to offer our guests, read about our other attractions.
Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931