Florida Fishing August Forecasts


The following is the Fish Florida Alliance's curated list of local fishing forecasts around Florida. We share links and information from authoritative sources as well as "locals" to give you the best resource to plan your next fishing excursion. Check back before your next trip for the current fishing forecasts to the area.


August Saltwater Forecast Overview

This month, Florida continues to offer the perfect family vacation destination, with plenty of opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Kids will love getting in on the action, starting with freshwater fishing where Peacock Bass are in season and Panfish are always a hit.

For saltwater fishing, the inshore waters are the way to go, especially in the Tampa and Boca Grande areas where Snappers are plentiful in the bays and mangroves. In Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Snook, Tarpon, and Jack Crevalle are waiting in the shallow waters for an exciting battle.

The Florida Keys also open up for a short period for lobster season, giving the whole family a chance to have some fun and bring home some delicious catches from the reefs or offshore. And, even though Red Snapper season has ended in the Gulf, the deep sea fishing remains top-notch with Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna all in the mix. Sailfish and Tuna dominate the Gulf Stream, with plenty of bottom-dwellers available as well.


August Freshwater Forecast Overview

August is a scorching hot month in Florida, and it often leads to a perception that bass fishing in the state's lakes and rivers will be lackluster. Many anglers head out early in the morning, trying to capitalize on the early morning top-water action that is known to slow down as the day heats up. By high noon, many anglers have already packed up their gear and headed back home.

However, those who persist and take the necessary precautions to stay hydrated can be rewarded with some great bass fishing, even in the heat of the day. Some of the biggest bass I've caught have come between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is because the focus is on pinpoint casting and placing your bait in the right location, like near tight cover or in the slop, where bass like to hide in Florida's warm waters. So, don't be discouraged by the heat in August, it could be the time to catch that trophy bass you've been after!



Northeast Florida Regional Forecasts

Including Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach & Ponte Vedra, Florida


Central East Region

Including Ponce Inlet, Port Canaveral, and Space Coast, Florida


Southeast Region

Including Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Jensen Beach, Juno Beach, Sebastian Inlet, and Stuart, Florida


Northwest Region

Including Eastpoint, Forgotten Coast, Destin, and Panama City Beach, Florida


North Central Region

Including Steinhatchee and Gainesville, Florida


Central Region

Including Kissimmee/Clewiston, Polk & Highlands Counties, Florida


Central West Region

Including Madeira Beach and St Petersburg, Florida


Southwest Region

Includes Naples, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Venice, Florida


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