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Boating and fishing in Chokoloskee

Wanting to fish out of chokoloskee in a couple weeks, never boated there, just kayak fished in the bay around the ramp.  Want to put my brother on some fish in my 13' whaler. Wheres the best place to go for someone new to the area, as it looks a bit dicey on the navionics app for boaters. Planning on picking up some live shrimp nearby putting them under popping corks fishing the mangroves. Does lopez river hold good fish, how about the mangrove maze on the way to the gulf, Any tips appreciated, thanks. Colin. 


  • 10kman10kman Posts: 859 Officer
      I always go Chokoloskee Pass.Having a flats boat can get in and out whether
    low or high tide.Also it wide enough to allow two boats to pass.When you come 
    out of the pass there are close by keys to fish.
  • cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 455 Deckhand
    Thanks 10kman, does chokoloskee pass have channel markers, 
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 9,869 Admiral

    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 455 Deckhand
    Alright alright i guess ill be finding out the hard way...
  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,260 Officer
    edited January 2021 #6
    I don't know if they still do this but Chokoloskee Island Park campground used to have maps from the campground through Chokoloskee Pass to the outside. The last time I was there, it has been a few years, it was tricky to travel the pass with only a few PVC pipes as markers. 
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • Ashcraft14Ashcraft14 OrlandoPosts: 6 Deckhand
    There are pvc markers, but it can still be a little tricky to get from Chokoloskee Island Park out of Chokoloskee Bay.  Be nice to follow someone the first couple of times and a map would be a very good idea.  I eventually bought the Florida Marine Tracks chip and I still have trouble around Choko.  If you don't know, there are actual channel markers from 
    Everglades City--easy.    
  • cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 455 Deckhand
    Ahh thanks, im seeing a ramp called rod and gun club... is that a good ramp?
  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,260 Officer
    Yes. That  connects to a marked channel that takes you outside to Indian Key, it is called Indian Key Pass.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,505 Captain
    That ramp at the rod and gun club is a narrow single slot ramp that drops you into the Barron River where there’s always a current.  It’s adequate, barely but not in very good shape.  You’ll find only a sea wall and no decent dock either (unless it was put in within the last two months...).  It is, the best spot for first timers since there’s a well marked channel from the Barron all the way outside to Indian Key.

    Much easier to navigate than any other route to the outside from EC or Chokoloskee .
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 455 Deckhand
    Ok thanks guys, i guess ill take rod and gun club ramp then
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