The side of
Southwest Florida that sits along the Gulf of Mexico is known as The Paradise Coast— and for good reason.

Warm, sunny days, beautiful beaches, and fantastic fishing are part of what brings visitors to Naples, Florida all year round. A premier destination
for anglers from all over the world, the Naples area provides favorable sportfishing conditions for all abilities, as well as a remarkable variety of fish that are sure to become the main character in the soon-to-be-legendary fishing stories that visitors will share with friends and family for years.

Fishing in the backwatersAnglers can take a short drive to nearby backwaters for a lazy day of casting a line and waiting for a nibble from local fish, including sea trout, tarpon, pompano, snapper, crevalle jack, and ladyfish. Lake Trafford and Caloosahatchee River are great fresh waters to find largemouth bass, while the numerous fishable canals in and around Naples are a treasure trove of bluegill, shellcrackers, and tilapia.

Set a course for adventure and hop on a charter boat from Tin City or the downtown Naples waterfront for the excitement of hooking “the big one” fishing the deep sea of the Gulf of Mexico. Settle in for a thrilling day on the water as you reel in snapper, grouper, mackerel, snook, and maybe even a shark (a small one, we hope)! To add to the experience, you can take your catch to one of Naples’ fabulous seafood restaurants where they will prepare your fish to your liking for a delicious meal. Some of Naples’ favorite “cook your catch” restaurants include Riverwalk at Tin CityKelly’s Fish House, and the Dock at Crayton Cove where you can savor your own catch-of-the-day.

For fly fishing enthusiasts looking for a challenge, an amazing fishing experience in the Florida Everglades can make for a trip of a lifetime. Just 40 short miles from Naples, visitors can appreciate the beauty of this federally protected habitat from behind their rod and reel. Listen to the melodic sounds of the wildlife that call this area home while waiting for a 100-pound tarpon to bite. Traditional spinning gear are, of course, allowed and can increase the chances that a snook or redfish will be curious enough to take
the bait.

Naples is proud of our local recreational waters, and we welcome guests to come to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and more fun water activities during their visit. In Southwest Florida, just like in other parts of the United States, public support groups work diligently to boost the condition of the area waters to protect marine life, as well as local fishing and tourism industries.

Captains for Clean Water, a non-profit organization created by four, local fishing guides, is one of Southwest Florida’s leading advocacy groups working to develop and maintain healthy marine ecosystems in Florida, including the Paradise Coast area, and the Everglades, by improving water quality. They are committed to protecting Florida’s most valuable resource—water—through advancing education and awareness to protect our waters for future generations.

Help spread the word about Captains for Clean Water and the incredible work they are doing! You, too, can become a Captain for Clean Water when you join them as a member. Or, use the hashtag #captainsforcleanwater when you share photos from your fishing excursion during your visit to Naples on your social media pages! Be sure to use the hashtag #lemontreeinnFL to share your photos with us, too!