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postheadericon Kayaking The Mosquito Lagoon And Indian River

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 Search. 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.

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.

Launching a kayak is an easy process that can be done by one person, anywhere you can park your vehicle close to the water.

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.

The fishing is fantastic in both of these areas most of the time and a kayaker can actually get lonely out there.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.