Florida Fishing May 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.


May Saltwater Forecast Overview

When May arrives in Florida, you'll be surrounded by an abundance of fish. With many species reaching their peak season and the pleasant weather conditions, there are plenty of exciting fishing opportunities throughout the state. Let the fish show you why Florida is a fisherman's paradise.

In the Panhandle, there's a greater variety of fish than ever before as reef fishing thrives and Tarpon swarm the bays and flats. This is a perfect time to check items off your fishing bucket list or to improve your skills before the peak season arrives.

On the other hand, the Keys focus on offshore fishing with Tuna, Marlin, and Mahi Mahi in abundance. But, don't overlook the inshore action, which remains robust, and the East Coast's reefs and bays are teeming with aquatic life.

And, if you're looking for a unique fishing experience, consider a nighttime trip to Lake Ida to target the elusive Clown Knife Fish. Additionally, the Largemouth action in other lakes adds to the already rich fishing options in Florida. In short, there truly isn't a bad place to go fishing!


May Freshwater Forecast Overview

As the weather stabilizes and the threat of cold and cool fronts fades, the water temperatures start to rise. This results in a steady increase in early morning school activity on Lakes Toho, Butler Chain, and Johns Lake. Early mornings are prime time for catching quality bass with prop baits, torpedoes, buzz baits, and toads being top producers.

The grass beds and hydrilla are hotspots for anglers who target bass using worms, senko-type baits, spinner baits, and shallow-running crank baits. Docks are a staple location for largemouth bass and will continue to be productive, depending on the body of water.

Spring rains bring an added bonus for anglers, with water flowing through canals and creeks. Bass take advantage of the increased baitfish activity and ambush them throughout the day. Rattle traps are an excellent choice for these bass, as well as for picking up aggressive bass and locating them quickly.



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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