Tips for Flats Fishing in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades

  • Do not operate your boat in areas that are too shallow for your equipment.
  • Never cut through seagrass beds with a propeller. Watch your prop wash for mud or plant life, which may indicate that you have strayed into water that is too shallow for your boat. Remember, prop scars take years to recover.
  • Be aware of tidal fluctuations.
  • Use nautical charts and tables to plan your course.
  • Pole or use a trolling motor when traveling across or fishing the flats. Quiet fishermen catch more fish. Consider fishing from a kayak or other shallow draft type vessel.
  • If you run aground, turn off your engine! Raise the motor and push or pole your way to deeper water. If necessary, wait for high tide to move your boat.
  • Do not crowd another boat. If you see another boat fishing on the flats or up against the mangroves, no not approach unless beckoned.
  • Stirred-up sediments are harmful to sealife. Always keep at least 12 inches of water under your propeller.

Source: Boating and Angling Guide to Collier County

Back to top of page
Upcoming Eventsview full calendar
"Rock Paper Scissors "Exhibition; La Petite Galerie - Billie Granneman
May 4 - 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.(M-F)
In the Main Galleries Artists Lucrezia Bieler, Anglica Kade and Joanna Sunshine will be exhibiting. In the La Petite... Read More >
Dinosaurs: Back With a Roar! at Naples Botanical Garden
February 17 - June 3, 2018
The Dinosaurs: Back With a Roar! exhibit - the biggest thing to hit Naples since, well, ever—is coming back to Naples... Read More >
Panther Encounter at Naples Zoo
November 15, 2017 - May 31, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
On this tour, you’ll meet an animal care team member who cares for one of the Zoo’s most famous and beloved... Read More >
VISITFLORIDA.com Collier County Government VisittheUSA.com Webaward Winner IAGTO - Golf Destination of the Year 2014 ACCREDITED - Destination Marketing Organization