Miami-Dade Canals


Miami, FL
United States United States
25.917, -80.409

The man-made canals of coastal southeast Florida are part of an extensive, interconnecting network of canals that were primarily constructed in the early 1900's for drainage, flood protection, and water storage purposes. The freshwater canals in the southern section (Cypress Creek Canal and south) are mostly box-cut into a coral rock substrate, more than 10 feet deep with little littoral zone, and have much subsurface water flowing into them. The amount of groundwater flowing into some canals is sufficient enough to dramatically increase water clarity. Canals in the northern section (Hillsboro Canal and north) tend to be shallower, more bowl-shaped, have sugar-sand substrate, and little water ground water intrusion.

These urban canals provide excellent angling for a variety of sportfishes. Largemouth bass and snook roam throughout the tri-county canals and in the southern section, butterfly peacock and tarpon provide anglers an opportunity to complete a canal "trifecta" or "grand slam". The butterfly peacock is a world renowned sportfish that was successfully introduced by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in 1984 to eat undesirable exotic fishes and to provide more sportfishing opportunities for anglers.

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access
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Map for 25.917, -80.409
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Fishing Reports

almost 2 years ago (06/28/2015)

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 06.28.15

With little rain this year the canals have more saltwater species then ever. My spot has blue crabs, grey snapper, snook, red porgy, and a barracuda. Making it fun, but no bass....

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 11.04.10

I had a great day Monday fishing with regular client Dr Bernie Grunstra. Bern caught a lot of fish(20?) including several in the 2-4 lb range(lost a giant,too).     The fish were very aggressive, leaving wakes as they chased the fly.     Oasis Angling Adventures, Inc. 305-766-2926  ...

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 09.29.10

The small tarpon have shown up again with the recent heavy rains. Small tarpon from 5-30 lbs are rolling and feeding near canal locks, drainage pipes,etc. The heavy current really gets them in feeding mode with all of the concentrated baitfish. Fishing should be great over the next week Oasis Angling Adventures, Inc. 305-766-2926...
Captain Jim Anson Fresh and Saltwater Fishing
almost 7 years ago (08/23/2010)

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 08.23.10

Fishing for peacock bass iin South Dade gets very intresting since the cold snap we had eariler.  I have found that the cold realy heart the peacock bass in all the lakes and canals west of US1. Thats because the water depth is not as deep as east of US!.  Also the aquafer is all east of US1.  Right now every lake I have fished west of US1 is totaly void of peacock bass.  Until the move back west your best bet is fishing the east side.. I have been having very good luck on...

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 08.04.10

I took my son(age 6) fishing yesterday and he landed two nice mayan cichlids on a 4 weight fly rod. He missed a couple of peacock bass, as well. If you haven't caught a mayan cichlid before , they are like bluegills on steroids. I would put their fighting ability (pound for pound) against any freshwater fish and most saltwater fish.

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 07.29.10

The bass and peacock bass bite continues to be good. Thr largemouths are taking topwater flies and lures early and late. The peacock bass are post-spawn and are actively cruising shorelines looking for bait pods.

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 06.21.10

Lots of tarpon and peacock bass around taking advantage of the water(and bait)being drained through the flood gates. It's mixed bag fishing with largemouth bass, mayan cichlids, gar, and mudfish and others. Aggressive peacock bass are feeding right through the heat of the day.

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 06.15.10

RAIN! I love it. The flood gates are open and the freshwater tarpon have heard the ringing of the dinner bell. They line up like trout facing upstream waiting to attack unsupecting baitfish. They can be challenging at times, but I have cracked the code and have found a fly they'll eat. Peacock bass, largemouth, jaguar guapote, and mayan cichlids are also in the mix, including some world class Florida gar....

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 06.02.10

The peacock bass fishing continues to be red hot. All of the exotic fish such as; mayan cichlids and oscars are also biting. Largemouth bass and bluegill are also in the mix. Tha bass especially are crashing "rain bait" near the shorelines of the canals.

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 05.18.10

The Peacock bass fishing has been excellent lately, actually as good as I've ever seen it.There are a lot of fish spawning but also a lot just cruising looking for bait fish. This is topwater time for sure. I've seen many largemouth bass in the mix,too, as well as an odd tarpon or snook. This is the best time to catch a trophy Peacock Bass. Call Capt. Jim 305 766-2926

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 04.28.10

I had some excellent fishing for peacock bass this past weekend. I found some fish cruising the banks near some downed trees and caught several. Also caught a nice spawning one about 3 lbs.He literally destroyed a clouser fly cast into the spawning bed.

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 04.20.10

I found a new spot loaded with peacock bass this past weekend. I spotted one of the biggest peacock bass I've ever seen around some lily pads. I tied on my favorite yellow deer hair popper and started casting to it, it would follow but not eat it. On about the fifth try a different peacock exploded on it(about 2 lbs), after getting a picture and releasing it, I caught its twin and lost a nice largemouth bass. After that I left the area not wanting to "sore lip" them all....
Capt Tony Masiello
over 8 years ago (01/16/2009)

Miami-Dade Canals Fishing Report 01.16.09

Today I took out the guys from the Castro Construction Company, out of Houston, TX. They wanted to see what the mighty Peacock bass fishing was all about while visting Miami. We put the boat in the water down in Miami and made a long run to my first spot of the day. The fishing started off a little slow due to cooler water temperatures, but once the sun started to heat up the water the fishing action started to heat up also. It was a blast for the Texans and me. They boated 18 peacocks for the...



Bass, Butterfly Peacock (Cichla ocellaris)


Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)


Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)


Sunfish, Redear (Lepomis microlophus)





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