Chiefland and its surrounding towns are ideal for fishing. Take your pick from state parks, the Suwannee River, or the Gulf of Mexico to satisfy your hunger for the sport. The Suwannee River abounds with great freshwater fishing. Largemouth bass, redear sunfish, channel catfish, bluegill, and Suwannee bass all glide through the river’s gentle waters and creeks. Boaters can use ramps at Fowler’s Bluff or Manatee Springs. For those wishing to stick close to land, Andrews Wildlife Management Area provides a nice area for visitors to fish along the riverbank. Lake Rousseau is another great freshwater fishing spot. The lake encompasses nearly 3,700 acres, and was created by the Inglis Dam on the Withlacoochee River. Catfish, black crappie, redear sunfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass bite here and offer an afternoon of exciting fishing.

For saltwater fishermen, Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge offers great fishing opportunities. Since the area is heavily dependent on its fishing industry, one should have no problem hooking speckled seatrout, sheepshead, mullet, or redfish in these waters. There are also guides who will bring you to their own favorite fishing spots. Fish along the many island beaches, Atsen Otie Key, or Shell Mound. There are numerous places around Cedar Key that offer boat rentals, guides, and charters. Wherever you set anchor, you’re sure to embark on an excellent fishing adventure.

At the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can fish in the park’s coastal waters year-round. Gain boat access from a number of places, including Cedar Key, Shell Mound, and even within the Dixie County boundary of the park.
Expect great fishing, no matter where you decide to cast your reel…and that’s no fish story!

For more information about:
Manatee Springs, call (352) 493-6072
Andrews Wildlife Management Area, call (352) 493-6020 or (386) 758-0525
Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge, call (352) 493-0238
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, call (352) 493-0238
Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club
FLA USA Fishing