Kayaking the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River has become a more and more popular pastime with fishermen and individuals looking for a respite to the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Kayaking does not require a lot of money to get involved with, compared to the price of purchasing and operating other watercraft, and the savings in fuel is obvious.
Savvy anglers kayaking Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River fishing shallows have discovered the benefits of being able to access really “skinny” water where redfish schools and solitary “gator trout” frequent.
Fishing hot spots abound throughout the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River estuaries but often the most productive areas are in waters often no more than 6 inches deep. These spots can only be accessed by wade fishermen from land, from anchored vessels, or by shallow water canoes and kayaks.
The relatively new addition of no motor zones in the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers has spawned a whole new group of dedicated kayak and canoe fishermen who prefer paddling to poling.
Launching a kayak is an easy process that can be done by one person, anywhere you can park your vehicle close to the water.
The WSEG Boat Ramp in the Mosquito Lagoon no motor zone is a popular launch area that opens into a huge fishing area that is seldom overpopulated with anglers.
The unimproved dirt road access is located off North SR 3, approximately 3 miles north of Haulover Canal. A small WSEG boat ramp sign marks the dirt road access.
Because the WSEG launch is in the western no motor zone, only canoes, kayaks and shallow draft boats with (motors off) are allowed in the area. The only ways to navigate this area is by paddling, poling, or using your electric trolling motor.
Kayakers using this launch can fish the skinny waters behind the “clinkers” on the West shore of the Mosquito Lagoon between the mainland and the spoil islands.
If you feel like paddling, you can cross the ICW to the East side of the Mosquito Lagoon where the expansive grass flats are located.
The fishing is fantastic in both of these areas most of the time and a kayaker can actually get lonely out there.
Kayakers exploring this area should take a hand held GPS along with them to mark the exact location of the WSEG ramp; especially if they plan to explore the Eastern flats. Because the launch is completely shielded by a small barrier island, it’s almost impossible to spot the ramp from the water.
For access to the grass flats and other great shallow water fishing opportunities; Mosquito Lagoon kayakers can also make use of the shallow water launches at Bio Lab Road, Haulover Canal, Beacon 42 ramp, and Eddy Creek at the Canaveral National Sea Shore at parking lot #8.
If you enjoy fishing the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most popular kayak launching areas is the Peacocks Pocket ramp in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve.
This area is accessible from the Max Brewer Memorial Parkway (State Highway 402) at any of three entrances and provides canoe or kayak fishermen great shallow water fishing opportunities for schools of black drum and redfish.
There are also shallow water launches at Mims and Scotsmoor Landing where kayakers can put in to fish the northwestern grass flats of the Indian River Lagoon.
The Boyscout Ramp, the northwest bank of Haulover Canal, Shiloh Marsh road and a hidden creek next to the NASA geodesic globe “gumball” are also good spots to put in for access to the eastern flats of the Indian River Lagoon.
At the Mims Fish Camp 72 shallow water launch, there is a narrow canal that hugs the west bank of the Indian River that can be easily accessed by kayakers for great fishing most of the year.
During the warmer months, the canal provides cooler water temperatures where redfish, sea trout, snook and sometime small tarpon lie in wait. During cold snaps in the winter; sea trout, black drum and redfish seek out the canal’s warmer depths for refuge.
The expansive sea grass flats located just north and west of the railroad bridge from Mims to Scotsmoor, Fl. and the sea grass flats that begin just north of Haulover Canal and continue south to the railroad bridge on the eastern side of the Indian River, are also great shallow water fishing areas for kayakers looking to score a big bull redfish or gator sea trout.
Kayaking the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River for trophy gator sea trout, huge bull redfish, oversize black drum, snook and tarpon has become such a popular pastime, that over the past few years, several kayak clubs have formed to promote the activity.
If you have never tried peacefully kayaking the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River estuaries you are missing out on a wonderful blood pressure lowering activity and the prospect of some great fishing opportunities.