While there is great fishing to be found at any time of the year in Key West, there are definitely certain times of the year that are much better for certain types of fish.
For instance if you're after Tarpon the early spring months are dynamite but if you're after Permit or Bonefish then the warmer water months of early summer are a better choice.
If it's your first time for saltwater charter fishing be sure to check out our simple illustrations for saltwater fishing knots.
KEY WEST FISH MIGRATION CALENDAR / CHART
Key West Springtime Fishing
The fishing in the flats and backcountry areas experiences a major upside come spring starting in March. It's also the most popular time of year for fishing charters.
The Tarpon will be hanging around the harbors and the many of the channels surrounding Key West in abundace through the months of June and July.
Spring is also when Permit and Bonefishing starts to heat up. Pound for pound both species of fish will give you the fight of your life.
If you thought the reef fishing was good in the winter months then you will be pleasantly surprised that the fishing gets even better in the spring months on the reefs. As long as you have plenty of chum bags you'll catch a wide variety of fish.
Winter Flats / Backcountry Fishing
There are other species of fish that can make for a great day of fishing in the shallow flats and backcountry area in the winter months.
Besides getting out of the wind the shallow areas can produce some fantastic fishing for Sea Trout, Snapper, Ladyfish, Jacks and many different species of sharks.
Redfish can also be found in the flats during the winter months but they are very inconsistent depending on the tides.
There is always a number of Barracudas that will keep you entertained if you are having troubles locating your fish of choice.
The winter months can be a challenging time of year in Key West for many of the more warmer fish species like Permit and Bonefish.
All it takes is a few colder north wind days to cool down the shallow flats areas and bam the fish shut off.
Winter is however a good time for some of the offshore deep sea fishing species.
Many of the Key West fishing guides will target some of the deeper water fish like Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and King or Cero Mackerel during these cooler winter months.
Summer Fishing In Key West
Once the dog days of summer hit it doesn't apply to the fishing in Key West. The summer months can be some of the best fishing on the flats for the warmer weather species of fish like Bonefish or Permit.
The shark fishing is also excellent all summer long. The wind tends to be much calmer in the summer months which makes for great sight fishing conditions, which is what flats fishing is all about.
Many of the fishing guides will see some good action by trolling for some of the deeper water fish such as Dolphin fish, Sailfish and Wahoo. The summer reef fishing also remains very solid.
The winter reef fishing is almost always a good producer of the better eating fish such as Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper and Mutton Snappers. There is always a good supply of baitfish that inhabit the reefs in the winter months so there is almost always a good fish bite to be found.
Grouper season closes at the end of December so it's a good time to try to put a few fish on the plate before the season closes.
Wintertime Fishing In Key West
Fishing Is Always Good In Key West!
The bottom line is there is never a bad time to plan your Key West fishing trip or charter. There are always fish that are in season depending on the species.
Use our handy Key West fishing calendar below if you would like to target a certain fish species. Our chart will help give yourself the best odds of catching that trophy fish you plan on hanging on your den wall.
Key West Fishing Seasons & Fish Migration Calendar
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