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 Fishing, fishing everywhere!


You can go deep sea fishing, surfcasting, bridge fishing, shore fishing, or even while wading grass flats!

In the Boating and Angling Guide to Sarasota County, you will find a list of Popular Sport Fish, and other fishing resources.

Fishing licenses are required for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. They are issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the least expensive place to buy them is at the local Tax Collector Office.

For added convenience and for a small additional fee, they can also be purchased at bait-and-tackle shops, sports retailers, and via the Internet. 


 Artificial Reefs


Artificial reefs have been constructed in to increase and enhance recreational fishing and scuba diving areas and to create and restore marine habitat lost to coastal development.

Through innovative construction materials and techniques, the reefs support marine life and decrease user pressure on natural reefs. See the link below for location of artificial reefs in Sarasota county.

Artificial Reefs


 Fishing Piers and Spots on the Gulf

Blind Pass Beach
Brohard Beach and Paw Park
Caspersen Beach
North Lido Beach
Palmer Point Beach (surf fishing)
South Lido Beach (Ted Sperling Park at South Lido)
Turtle Beach Park
Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Park

All of our beaches are fishing friendly, however, we ask visitors to be cautious and mindful of swimmers in the area, and remember ... fishing line/monofilament line can be harmful to the environment if not disposed properly.

Visit Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling for more information.


 Fishing Piers and Spots on Bay side

Bay Island Park
Blackburn Point Park
Blind Pass Beach Park, Bayside
Caspersen Beach Park, Bayside
Ken Thompson Park
Lemon Bay Park
Manasota Beach Park, Bayside
Nokomis Beach Park, Bayside
Nokomis Community Park (Fishing Pier adjacent to The Legacy Trail)
Osprey Fishing Pier
Snook Haven Park
The Legacy Trail Bridges (over Donna Bay and Roberts Bay)
Turtle Beach Park

 Contact Us


For additional information call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email

Sarasota County, Florida
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