The Peace River has long been a resource for survival, dating to the Seminole Indians. With plentiful plant and wildlife, the river provided sustenance for the tribes. That wildlife is just as bountiful today and can be seen as you travel the river. Fish were a primary source of nourishment for the early tribes along the river’s shores and continue to be a source of food and sport today. Keep reading for the best fishing spots and the type of fish you’re sure to hook on one of our Peace River fishing charters.

The Peace River Offers Diverse Fishing Spots

The river begins in northern Polk County and runs 106 miles south to the Charlotte Harbor estuary, where it blends with the outflows of the Caloosahatchee and the Myakka Rivers. There’s a vast array of spots on the river where you can cast a line, from marshlands to cypress swamps and lakes.

Find Your Perfect Fishing Hole

A great place to start your search for the perfect fishing spot is the large deep holes on the river. Increase your chances of hitting the fishing jackpot by finding a hole in and around a snag. A snag is a fallen tree that provides shelter for many fish species. 

Plenty o’ Fish 

Dozens of freshwater fish like largemouth bass, bluegill, bream, and other smaller species call this long stretch of river home. Many fish have adapted to living in both fresh and saltwater environments, and as you near the lower end of the river where those waters mix, you’ll find many more species. 

Popular Species to Hook and Reel 

Largemouth bass and panfish (bluegill, redear sunfish, and spotted sunfish) are found in those deep holes in and around the snags. Snook can be caught throughout the river, and catfish prefer holes where the flow is strong. You’ll find tarpon and even sharks in the lower Peace River. Check current season closures and regulations before departing on your trip. 

Ready to Cast a Line?

Peace River Charters offers a one-of-a-kind charter fishing experience on the upper Peace River. You’ll hook some of the most sought-after inshore sportfish in Southwest Florida. We’re located in DeSoto County, just a short drive from Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Myakka City. Reserve your fishing trip today.