Chokoloskee Fishing Guide & Charters

Fishing Chokoloskee

Chokoloskee and Everglades map.Chokoloskee Island is considered the northwestern gateway to the Everglades National Park. Located in the pristine waters of southwest Florida, Chokoloskee is a sleepy fishing village with a rich history. Just south of Everglades City, Chokoloskee is the last inhabited island as you travel south along the Florida coast into Everglades National Park.

The earliest settlers in this region were Indians who many hundreds of years ago left mounds of discarded shell near the coast. First settled in the late 1800's, Chokoloskee has developed into one of Florida's unique fishing opportunities.

Chokoloskee is first and foremost a fishing village. In the early years, fishing was simply a means of obtaining food for local families now it's the reason so many visitors come to the island. Hidden in the Ten Thousand Islands a fisherman could spend his life here and never know all the waters. It is an angling nirvana.

All types of commercial fishing from Stone Crabbing to Mullet netting take place here. But most of all, Chokoloskee is home the big three of shallow water sport fishing.

The snook leads the way here. Prized for it's excellent taste, the snook is perhaps Florida's premier shallow water game fish. Not only is he hard to catch' he's extremely picky at times and can be quite difficult to fool. Sight fishing this crafty species is the ultimate challenge on fly rod.

Next up is the mighty tarpon. Imagine seeing a 100 lb. tarpon in water so shallow both his dorsal and tail are out of the water! These fish are hard to fool but bite a fly readily.

Finally, we have redfish. They like to swim around grasses and oyster bars and are plentiful all year long.

This is wild country, for most anglers Chokoloskee provides a fishing experience like no other.

About Your Fishing Guide - Capt. Bill Lindsay

Capt. Bill Lindsay has fished Chokoloskee & Everglades National Park for the past 30 years. He specializes in sight fishing - when conditions allow - using fly, plug and spin tackle.

Snook, tarpon and redfish are his favorites but other species such as such as barracuda, seatrout, Jack, tripletail, sharks, jewfish and cobia are available and quite challenging.

What to Expect when Fishing Chokoloskee

Sight fishing for snook and tarpon is quite demanding but very rewarding. Anglers will fish an extremely beautiful and unique area. Grass flats and oyster bars that border the Gulf of Mexico provide a wonderful habitat for these exciting game fish. Several passes and rivers lead into hundreds of square miles of remote backcountry that can be fished in almost any weather all through the year.

Fishing Charter Details

16' Hells Bay Whipray

18' Hells Bay Waterman

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Rates for either Boat:
$600 full day
$375 half day
*Rates are for 1 or 2 anglers

Contact Info


PO Box 576
Chokoloskee, FL 34138



It's best to contact Capt. Bill Lindsay by telephone.

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