Our Top Ten Freshwater Fishing Spots in Florida

Florida’s 1,350 miles of coastline offer up endless deep sea fishing experiences. But did you know there are 7,500 lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers throughout the Sunshine State? With the plethora of choices, we wanted to help you find the perfect catch. Explore a few of our top spots for freshwater fishing in Florida.  


aerial of waterfront Holiday RV Village
Private dock for guests

Located only a few miles from Lake Griffin State Park and Griffin Stormwater Park, the fish varieties here are abundant. This part of the lake chain is best known for its variety of species. Including shad, bluegill, golden shiners, and largemouth bass.  

Holiday RV Village is located in the middle of the action and offers direct access to the chain of lakes throughout on-site marina. Bring your RV or opt for one of our rental options. There are community potlucks, our personal Yacht Club, pickleball, and even an on-site marina to ensure that there will always be options, even for the most particular guest.  



With a current resident exclaiming, “…Fishing is a tradition!” let it be known just how influential it must be to everyone in the community. St. John’s River, Lake George, Lake Monroe, and more are the top choices of many experienced anglers. Offering camps and charter rentals, the opportunities are falling at your feet with water and culture exploration.  

Cove’s 55+ MH Community Meadowlea Village rests in DeLand, between Orlando and northeastern beaches right near retail shops, plenty of restaurants, and historic downtown. The nearby De Leon Springs State Park requires every fisherman to have a license, but the varieties of lakes and fish are continual.  

Birds Eye view of Meadowlea Village with the lake and homes neatly dotting the peaceful streets







An overwhelming number of fishing options ranging from spring waters to lakes, the range of fish species ranges from largemouth bass to sunfish. There will always be something for every angler. The pristine Ocala National Forest might be secluded, however once aboard a private charter, a stranger you are no longer to the waters and fishing opportunities.  

Rolling Greens Village is within walking distance, making fishing a day-to-day occurrence when you live at this Ocala community. On the other hand, other essential amenities that are offered are paved athletic courts, private community pool, an 18-hole golf course, and more for those who choose to stay on dry land.  


55+ community in Central Florida - Rolling Greens Village
Birds eye view of Rolling Greens Village with Ocala National Forest


Estero Bay Village

estero homes along water
Estero Bay Village homes along the water

What does an area with perfect year-round game opportunities sound like to you? Spring brings redfin, summer attracts juvenile and aerobatic tarpon, and the fall lures baitfish, snook, trout, and mackerel.  


The 55+ Estero Bay Village community is right along the Estero River, gifting endless attractions to the water. There is access to the Gulf of Mexico, meaning the best of both fresh and saltwater worlds are at your disposal.  

Tarpon Springs 

homes along water with trees
Sun Valley Community homes along the river

Looking for shallow waters? No worries. Backwaters? There are options for private charters to introduce you. The ever-growing list of fish consists of Ballerus Ballerus, Largemouth and Striped Bass as the most popular. Before casting, just don’t forget to grab your fishing license!  

Our Sun Valley Community, located kitty-corner to Lake Tarpon, is a hot spot for passionate fishers. This 55+ community houses stylish cottage rentals and homes equipped with brand new appliances and open floor plans.  

Just to name a few of our favorite freshwater fishing spots in Florida, but the experience is what you make it. Check out one of our resorts to make your experience more than memorable. Just don’t forget your reel, tacklebox, and perfect company.            

Looking to head further south? Check out our Best Fishing in the Florida Keys blog for more info.