Best times to fish for what you want to catch in the Keys

Barracuda are the perfect gamefish on the flats through the winter monthsKey West Flats and Backcountry Fishing Calendar

January 
Sharks, Barracuda and Jacks are abundant on the flats. Permit fishing is good and gets better later in the month.

February 
Permit fishing is increasingly better. Bonefish are abundant depending on the weather. Sharks and barracuda abundant regardless of the weather.

March
Permit fishing at it’s peak. Tarpon fishing is beginning to get good. Bonefishing is reliable and good.

April
Permit leave the flats to spawn offshore. Bonefishing is good. Tarpon fishing is just getting better by the day!

May 
Tarpon fishing is at it’s peak. Bonefishing continues to be good.

June 
Tarpon still at a peak. Bonefishing is very good. Permit are making a strong comeback.

July 
Bonefishing really heats up. Tarpon fishing remains good. Permit fishing is excellent.

August
Bonefishing is good early and late. Tarpon fishing remains good. Permit fishing remains strong.

September
Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish are all fishing well.

October 
Peak time for Bonefish, some Tarpon and Permit. A great time of year.

November 
Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish are all fishing well.

December 
Sharks and Barracudas show up in large numbers. Bonefishing is good in some areas. Permit fishing is still good. Tarpon are scarce due to colder water temperatures.