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Hi everyone! I'm new to the site and new to Florida as well. I'm from the northern territory, but remain floored at the amount of flora and fauna that Florida has! Extremely important to conserve. Anyway...question for you's.

I live in Naples. I have fished the Ten Thousan Islands area plenty and it has been great, but I'm ready to try the freshwater realm. I have looked at boat ramp locations on FWC website and notices some that are in the heart of the Everglades. I have a standard 12' boat with a 10 horse on the back.

Do ya'll have any suggestions for preferred boat ramp locations or areas to fish freshwater in the Everglades or near Naples? I don't expect any secret spots (like I would get any haha), but I'm new to the area and was looking for some input on decent spots to start my freshwater adventures.

I'm very interested in Largemouth bass and peacocks as well if there are any this far west.

Thanks for any comments that you provide!



  • bmoodybmoody Posts: 1,012 Officer
    There shouldn't be peacocks that far west, but that doesn't always mean they don't get transported over there.

    Following US41 or I-75 east and launching at those ramps can give you good opportunities -- mile marker 41 along I-75 is often a favorite. The L-28 Interceptor Canal (more or less on the eastern boarder of Collier County) can also be quite good.

    Lake Trafford is fairly close to you. The water is a touch low, but you shouldn't have any real trouble with a 12'. Good folks at the marina too. Not much for bass yet, but they are coming back. This is a great crappie lake many years.

    The Golden Gate canal system might be the closest thing to you. Consult the FWC site for ramp information and check with a local shop for the all important local knowledge.
  • DavidJDavidJ Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    THanks for the info. I will check it out and touch base with the locals. I'm looking forward to it!.
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