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Chokoloskee Fishing. Chokoloskee fishing is famous worldwide. Near the island is an abundance of inshore sport fishing among countless bays, mangrove islands, various rivers, and skinny (shallow) waters. The islands extend about five to six miles seaward reaching the open gulf where deepwater fishing begins.
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Whether casting in and among the mangroves or fishing in open Gulf waters, the variety of fish species is remarkable. Among the most popular: redfish, snook, sea trout, pompano, tarpon, snapper, Spanish mackeral, grouper, sheepshead, cobia, black drum, flounder, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, shark, and of these, many varieties and subspecies.
For a complete list, see Florida Wildlife.
Most ORA owners have their own boats, usually outboards 15 to 18 feet or so. Many people enjoy kayak and canoe fishing.
The fish are everywhere, and they are abundant.
The south marina has an excellent two-bay launch ramp for use by all ORA lot owners and renters. Almost never crowded or subject to waiting lines, the ramp and adjacent fish-cleaning station are well maintained and very convenient.
Many lots come with docks and boat slips either on the southside marina or on the lake. Lots without deeded docks or slip space can rent from people not using theirs.
Hundreds of miles of Kayak and Canoe Trails meander through the mangroves, rivers, and tidal channels of the entire Chokoloskee area. The Gulf Coast Paddling Guide offers an excellent overview of trails and paddling advice.