Did you know that the Indian River is the longest section of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system? The 150+ mile Indian River begins in New Smyrna Beach and stretches all the way towards Stuart moving through areas like Merritt Island, Sebastian and Vero Beach. It’s home to all kinds of wildlife such as alligators, manatees, dolphins, otters, raccoons and lots of fish!
The abundance of fish make the Indian River well known for its excellent fishing. From Redfish to Speckled Trout to Tarpon and Snook, it’s a fisherman’s dream.
In fact, the Indian River Lagoon Spotted Sea Trout are world famous. The ecosystem of the river is perfect territory for speckled trout because of the grassy beds and mangroves that attract lots of shrimp and mullet, which the speckled trout feed on.
The Florida state record speckled trout was caught in the Indian River. The potential for world records in the Lagoon is a big pull for hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area every year.
Many local fishing charters focus on fishing for speckled trout and bull redfish. Fishing on a chartered boat and an experienced captain is a great way to experience the river’s catch. You don’t have to bring your own gear, and you can benefit from their knowledge. Often they’ll make sure you catch something, as many fishing charters have a “catch” guarantee.
The river also is full of Jack Crevalle, Pompano, Black Drum, Tripletail, Groupers and Snappers, and even many different Sharks. The Indian River shorelines are more residential allowing anglers to have success for redfish, trout, snook and tarpon under their docks.
Wade fishing is also popular on the river. You don’t need anything other than your fishing pole and maybe some bait. Just find a public spot, many local anglers find good fishing around bridges that run over the river. You can get a close view of all the marine life and can be exactly where the fish are sure to be.
Even if you don’t enjoy fishing yourself you can feast on some of the local restaurants that take advantage of the river’s bounty for fresh fare. Just more of the many perks of living in our beautiful coastal Brevard county!