Lemon Bay

Sarasota County, Florida.

Lemon Bay ends in Englewood, Florida.

12800033.47 miles (20599663.43 sq kilometers)

About The Lemon Bay

About Lemon Bay, FL

Lemon Bay is a well-known area for fishing, kayaking, birding, wading, and beachcombing activities. It is a 13 mile-long, approximately three-quarters-of-a-mile wide, estuarine system located in southwest Florida. It runs from South Venice, Sarasota County, all the way down to Charlotte County, passing almost completely through Placina. It is bordered by two islands in the west - the Little Gasparilla Island and Manasota Key that separate it from the Gulf of Mexico. On the east is Englewood, a census-designated place shared both by Sarasota and Charlotte County.

This 8,000-acre body of water is one of the five Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves and was designated in 1986. A portion of the Intracoastal Waterway ICW stretches along the entire length of it. Prior to ICW’s creation, the northern part of Lemon Bay was fed by the waters of Alligator Creek. Today, one Gulf pass, Stump Pass, and seven tributaries make up the waters of Lemon Bay. 

Lemon Bay Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Lemon Bay, FL

The dredging precedent of the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway back in the early 1900s contributed greatly to the rich waters in the area. The resulting spoils lined up along the bay had helped create diverse habitats for marine life in Lemon Bay, such as oyster beds, grass flats, seagrass, and mangroves. 

Lemon Bay is now home to more than 250 species of fin fish. Commonly, catfish, drum, redfish, and snook may be caught here, with the