6 Fishing Spots on Siesta Key
The fishing is good year round on Siesta Key. The diversity of habitat, interconnected waterways and sub-tropical climate combine to make Siesta Key a top-notch fishing spot for anglers of all ages and experience levels. Here’s a list of 6 tried and true fishing spots on Siesta Key. You can go drift fishing, surfcasting, bridge fishing or grass flats wading. Try your luck for snapper, redfish, snook, trout, cobia, grouper, flounder, pompano, mackerel, kingfish, sheepshead and jacks. Note: A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for residents. For more information, please visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission‘s website.
North Siesta Key Bridge
Northern bridge connecting Siesta Key to the mainland is very popular with three ways to fish: from the bridge, from the seawall on either mainland or island side, or from the flats off the parking area on the northeast side.
Big Pass is a rocky-bottomed pass that is rich in mangrove snapper, grouper, jacks and snook among others. Drifting live baits including thread herring, whitebait, or shrimp can pick up any number of fish species. Shore fishing off the Shell Road access offers a nice family spot with beach and swimming.
Stickney Point Bridge
The Stickney Point bridge is the southern bridge connecting Siesta Key to the mainland. Conveniently located next to Mr. CB’s, the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle Shop in Sarasota offering boat rentals, fishing charters, fishing tackle, jet ski rentals and clothing.
Point of Rocks
The only rock formation on Siesta Key, just south of Crescent Beach, is a fabulous place for fishing. Lots of rocks and underwater caves, some coral too, so bring extra tackle. Catch flounder, snook, snapper, trout and mackarel.
Turtle Beach Lagoon
At the southern end of Siesta Key lies Turtle Beach. In the center of the park is Blind Pass Lagoon which connects to Little Sarasota Bay. You can fish from shore, seawall or pier. The park has access to Turtle Beach with plenty of parking, grills, restrooms and a playground for kids.
Old Midnight Pass
For the serious fisherman, choose Gulf or bay fishing at the southern end of Siesta Key. Walk south from Turtle Beach about a half-mile where a narrow strip of sand connects Siesta Key to Casey Key. A pass used to flow here, but it was filled by sand in the early 1980s.