Breaking Down The Big Bend
For the purpose of LocalAngler, we’ve defined the Big Bend region as the following counties: Leon County, Wakulla County, Jefferson County, Taylor County, Dixie County, Levy County, Citrus County and Hernando County.
This is the only landlocked county in this bunch. However, just because it’s landlocked doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a ton to offer! Namely, the home of the state capital, Tallahassee. Lake Jackson take the cake on a lot of things here, with frog fishing heaven throughout the year. There’s also the Ochlockonee River, which borders the western side of the county. Connected to Lake Talquin, you’d have a hard time not catching a good time out of the northwest portion of the Leon County!
From where the Ochlockonee River pours into the Gulf, all the way to the St. Marks Lighthouse, you can find quality inshore fishing. Wakulla Springs also feeds a river that dump down through St. Marks and into the Gulf. You can find various species all through these brackish-styled estuaries.
Home to the Wacissa River. I won’t say much here, but I will say that this is a particular fishery that does not hold back with lunker bass. In the eastern portion of the county, you’ll find the Aucilla River, which is also known to product some quality fish, as well! Coastally, it’s pretty uninhabited, however, you know that probably means it’s great fishing, if you can get to it!
In the heard of the Big Bend region, lies the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. Providing miles of coastal waterways, and seemingly endless ponds throughout the county. As we venture south, you’ll end up in Steinhatchee, which is an awesome fishing town. The Steinhatchee River dumps out here, and you’re able to find a ton of Trout, Redfish, and even a cool scallop fishery certain times of year. It’s been said that during certain times of the year, just below the Steinhatchee Falls, you can find Sturgeon jumping, much like the Suwannee… Any truth to this? We’ll find out.
Bordering the Suwannee River, all the way to the coastal waters, there’s so much opportunity here for unique catches. Horseshoe Beach is a place where many visit to fish and for good reason. You can’t deny the beautiful waters of this place. Some call it the heart of the Nature Coast, which is a big portion of our Big Bend region.
From the Suwannee to the Withlacoochee River, you can’t go wrong with this place. Miles of coastal waters, including Cedar Key, which is covered in islands and windy passes. In the midst of all this glory is the Waccasassa River system, and it makes it way just about wherever it wants to throughout Levy County. Get your species checklist ready when you come to this area, as it does not disappoint.
Homosassa River and Crystal River come to time. Both beautiful places, so much land left to really be fully discovered. Hundreds of islands cover the shoreline, and redfish around every corner. Who loves to hear their reel drag scream? I know we do.
Focusing on the shoreline, like much of the Big Bend is focused, Hernando County doesn’t let you know at all. Weeki Wachee Gardens has a unique canal system that runs through the town, and heading down towards Hernando Beach, you’ll find more canal system. These make superb destinations for fishing. Dock lights and more for your nighttime enjoyment!
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