A typical day of fishing in the park entails targeting species such as snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, sharks, tripletail and snapper. Other catches of black drum, sheepshead, flounder and jacks are also common. While fishing in the park you will find yourself fishing mangrove islands, deep channels, narrow creeks, grass and mud flats, structure such as blow downs (trees in the water) and sandbars with deep drop offs.
I referred to the Everglades as Jurassic Park, but it really is a place where you can see dinosaurs. It is one of the only places in the United States where you can see American Crocodiles in the wild. These beasts are much different than the familiar American Alligator and an awesome site to see. The crocs are awesome, but they’re not the only dinosaur that you may run across.
If you’re lucky you may see or even hook a sawfish, one of the rarest and most prehistoric fish that swims in Florida waters. A true survivor of a bygone era, sawfish populations were decimated by overfishing and human over encroachment. Very little is known about these endangered fish, but we do know that they can grow to massive sizes of over 10 feet long and that one of the only places they still live include Everglades National Park. Seeing one of these fish is quite literally a once in a lifetime experience, even for a keys native.
Everglades National Park is one of the greatest fisheries on Earth and one of the last places that is untouched by man. Every angler needs to see the glades with their own eyes, no matter whether you’re a striper chasing New Englander, a trout bum or a Florida native, the experience will stick with you. Prime Everglades fishing trips run from September through December.
As of February 1st, 2019 the National Park Service has implemented a new law requiring guest/passengers on a guided fishing trip to purchase daily passes. You can by your pass before your trip on YourPassNow.com for $15.