You can catch freshwater and saltwater fish in some of our area bayous, depending on the tides and conditions. Speckled sea trout, redfish and flounder can be found in the salty and brackish areas, while bass and bluegills can be found farther up the Escambia River, the fourth largest river in Florida. It harbors 85 native freshwater species, including sportfish such as shadow bass, warmouth, bluegill, longear, redear and spotted sunfish — and spotted bass, largemouth bass and catfish species. Big Escambia Creek and Pine Barren Creek have excellent spotted bass populations that are rarely exploited.
One such spot is in Cantonment. Becks Lake, actually a deep bayou of the Escambia River, has been the favorite place for most area fresh water anglers for over 50 years and is one of the hidden gems as one of the best fishing spots in Northwest Florida. You can fish from the bank or by boat, with bass, bluegill catfish and more ready to take your bait.
Take a trip for a sure catch at Steve’s Catfish Farm in Walnut Hill, about 45 minutes from Pensacola, Steve’s Catfish Farm will never disappoint. You can catch-and-release or pay per pound. Fun for the family!