Mosquito Lagoon Florida and the Indian River
Mosquito Lagoon is located in the northern part of the Indian River Lagoon system and extending from the north end of Merritt Island to Ponce Inlet, Florida. This estuary connects to the Indian River via the Haulover Canal. The Lagoon is part of the Canaveral National Seashore on Cape Canaveral and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is renowned habitat for trophy red drum and speckled trout as well as a destination for birdwatchers and nature tours.
There is never a bad month for redfish fishing in Mosquito Lagoon Florida. The winter and spring time are the best for sight fishing. The water will be crystal clear and the redfish will be schooled up. Summer, and fall are the best time to fish for the bull redfish, which will be schooled together in deeper water preparing for spawning.
The Lagoon has some of the best trout fishing there is. All year round there is a chance to catch trout over 5 pounds and it is not uncommon to catch trout close to, if not over, 10 pounds. Trout fishing is best in late spring and early summer, typically between the months of April and June. These fish are schooled up and preparing for their spawning activities.
The Indian River stretches over 125 miles from the north end of Scottsmoor all the way down to Stuart, Florida. The Indian River is home to schools of trophy sized redfish and speckled trout. There is also an amazing snook fishery the farther south you go, as well as providing an estuary for baby tarpon in the creeks and canals. The trout here can be massive, over 10 pounds, and the redfish can weigh up to 50 pounds. This is also the home of massive black drum that can easily weigh over 50 pounds.
Both the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon Florida are home to manatees, alligators, porpoise, as well as numerous species of native and migrating birds. During the winter months huge flocks of great white pelicans invade the Lagoon. Roseate Spoonbills are also another one of our beautiful birds that call the River system home. Blue herons, snow white egrets, cormorants and anhinga are also some of the birds you will be able to see. Wild pigs inhabit this area and are often seen mucking around the shorelines while fishing.
Both the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon are just a short drive from many of Orlando’s major attractions. So, if you are in town for business or on a family vacation, take some time to come see this unique and beautiful environment. You won’t regret it!
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