The waters off Vero Beach and all of Indian River County provide year-round enjoyment for people of all ages. For saltwater fishing, besides the deeper, offshore waters, Sebastian Inlet is a premier location. Boaters can cruise the shallow waters or anchor near the jetties where grouper, snapper, and king mackerel abound. Further out, dolphin, wahoo, tuna and marlin keep fishermen busy. To try your hand at Offshore Fishing.
For those without boats, the Sebastian Inlet Park has two jetties reaching into the Atlantic. Surf fishing and walking along the miles of shoreline also provide great recreation.
Saltwater License Information:
- Licenses are required for all non residents regardless of where they are fishing
- For residents, licenses are required when fishing from a boat, shore, jetty. etc. (exemptions
are children under 16 and residents over 65).
Inland lakes and the Sebastian River produce large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegills, and other gamefish. The best locations are Blue Cypress Lake which covers 6,554 acres at the western end of Indian River County--about 25 miles from Vero Beach on Route 60. The Stick Marsh a 6,500 acre reservoir in the northwest corner of Indian River County which has been named one of the Top Ten Black Bass Lakes in Florida by the Florida State Game Commission; and anywhere along the St. Sebastian River.
Fresh Water License: A license is required for all fresh water fishermen unless they are under 16 or over 65.
General License and Boating Information
For further information regarding licenses, boating registration, safety, etc., visit The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or call them at (772) 778-5094.
Licenses are available from bait shops to discount stores and from the Indian River County Tax Collector's offices:
- Luria's Plaza, South US1 in Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 567-8000
- Ryanwood Square, 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32968 (772) 770-5380
- Sebastian Square, 11610 US 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 (772) 388-6034
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