Biscayne Bay Fishing: Famous Flats for Saltwater Fishing Fans

By Debbie Hanson

Aug 29, 2017

Your Biscayne Bay fishing experience will be more successful if you pick up a few tips on how to fish this Florida saltwater spot, where to fish, when to fish.

While Miami may be known for its flavorful Cuban sandwiches and iconic art deco architecture, the famous flats of Biscayne Bay hold a special place in the heart of many Florida saltwater fishing fans. Now, if you're wondering why a Biscayne Bay fishing trip is worthy of a spot on your bucket list, or which Biscayne Bay fishing spots you should start with, keep on reading.

Biscayne Bay Fishing

  • Why pay a visit to this Miami fishing spot? Well, because you've been working on your saltwater flats fishing skills and are up for a challenge. This can be one of the best fishing spots in Florida if you like the idea of sight casting to saltwater species that are known to have incredibly keen senses.
  • What can you catch in different  Biscayne Bay fishing spots? If you've done any online research for "tarpon fishing Florida" or "bonefish trips in Florida," Biscayne Bay fishing more than likely came up on your list of results -- with good reason. Bonefish and tarpon are among the most popular sport fish species found in Biscayne Bay. To learn more about the species and legal fishing methods, check the Florida saltwater fishing regulations.
  • Biscayne Bay is a 35-mile long and 8-mile wide stretch of water (considered the largest estuary on the coast of Southeast Florida), so you do have to narrow down your focus. The best Biscayne Bay fishing spots are accessible by boat, but if you want to try your luck from the shoreline, you can fish from either side of the Rickenbacker Causeway. Boaters can try the area between Matheson Hammock and Turkey Point for large bonefish and tarpon.
  • Did you check the tides and weather conditions? Fish feeding activity in Biscayne Bay will be largely dictated by moving tides and weather conditions. Check the local Biscayne Bay tide charts, and then plan your trip around a swiftly moving incoming tide if you can. You'll also have better luck spotting and sight casting to fish on a sunny day when the wind is light.
  • Can you fish in Biscayne National Park? You bet. Biscayne National Park is 95% water. There are mangrove shorelines, seagrass beds, flats, and reefs that hold a diverse number of fish species. This means that Biscayne National Park fishing can offer you quite a bit of variety. In addition to tarpon and bonefish, you can also catch grouper and snapper. Here's another helpful tip: If you want to pick up a few more Biscayne Bay saltwater fishing skills, you can check into the free fisheries awareness classes that are taught by park experts in both English and Spanish.

With all of ths information, how can you not want to take a Biscayne Bay fishing trip? All you have to do is get your Florida fishing license online, and start making plans to visit Miami!

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.