The Banana River Lagoon is located on Florida's East Coast and is part of the lagoon system that includes the Indian River & Mosquito Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). While technically the Banana River Lagoon does not host the ICW, the lagoons share the same water and characteristics including that same fish species. The Banana River lagoon's most northern area is connected to the Banana Creek running through the Kennedy Space Center and connecting to the Indian River Lagoon as it wanders westward. If you could continue north on an air boat for a short distance you'd pickup on the famous fishing mecca the Mosquito Lagoon and onto New Smyrna Inlet or further north on the ICW. North Banana includes the famous No Motor Zone or NMZ as it's often referred where canoes and kayaks make their way to the most fertile shallow water redfishing in the world, barred none (even the Mosquito Lagoon). After September 9, 2001 the federal government closed most of this pristine waterway to any boat traffic and it's become a breeding ground for even more Banana River fish including world record sized sea trout and redfish.
Following the waterway southward the shorelines of the Banana River become developed toward Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Metro Merritt Island.
If you continue south you'll find Cocoa Beach's thousand islands and pass by Merritt Island's Horte Point and the entrance to Merritt Island's Newfound Harbor and northward to Sykes Creek and it's residential canals and swampy headwaters north of the Barge Canal. Motoring southward again you'll discover gin clear flats and pelican covered islands on the Banana River's west bank and Merritt Island's eastern shoreline of Tropical Trail where wading anglers find tailing redfish and large seatrout. At the very south end of Merritt Island is dragon point and that's were there the Banana River and Indian River lagoon merge and ends the official end of the Banana River Lagoon. We're not sure where the name "Banana River Lagoon" originated from, but it is suspected that some of the original european settlers probably raised Bananas and exported them up and down the intracoastal waterways. The Dummit family was known for their agricultural efforts and were known to grow citrus, sugar cane and even pineapples... Why not Bananas? Bananas are now imported from central and south america where the climate is more conducive for quality fruit, but you can still find bananas in the Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral area in peoples yards and some wild banana orchards.
May is one of the last month's of good fishing in the Banana River Lagoon until the summer months are over and the temperatures start to fall again in late September and October. May is awesome backwater snook time for Banana River anglers. Look for the early morning bite to produce great numbers of these hard hitting game fish. Fly fisherman only need to bring white mangrove flies in an assortment of sizes, but most snook will be in the single digit size so don't go past a 10 weight. Redfish will be plentiful and healthy sized in many areas of the Banana River and the sea trout will be staging around bait along sandbars and islands. Look for sea trout to slow down late in the month and as the summer temps rise the sea trout fishing will all but disappear excepting the smaller ones in the deeper water. Sebastian and the Mosquito Lagoon will be better sea trout areas in late May and into the summer.
To find out more information about taking a fishing charter on the Banana River Lagoon, please at (321) 868-4953 or fill out the request form above and Lagooner Fishing Guides will be prompt to respond.
Learn more about Lagooner Fishing Guides by clicking on any of the links and reading about the fishing possibilities east of Orlando, Florida on the Atlantic Ocean and the vast shallow water lagoons on Florida's East Coast.
Lagooner Fishing Guides specialize in several types of saltwater fishing on Florida's central east coast including shallow water fishing or "flats fishing", many forms of deep sea and offshore fishing. Our main fish species in the Lagoons are redfish, sea trout, snook and tarpon while the ocean consistently holds king mackerel, an assortment of jacks, cobia, mahi-mahi barracuda and a host of other ocean-going gamefish.
The Banana River Lagoon is a shallow saltwater lagoon adjacent to and between Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island, Florida. The barrier and spoil island on the Banana River Lagoon make an awesome fishery and angling opportunities for anglers to catch redfish, spotted sea trout, snook and tarpon. Call Captain Gina today and ask her about information and a fishing trip on the beautiful Banana River Lagoon.
The easiest access for launching boats and demarcation on the Banana River Lagoon is at Brevard County's Kelly Park located directly off of SR 528 approximately 35 minutes from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Go to our maps page and get detailed directions to the nearest boat launches on the Banana River Lagoon.
Banana River Boat Ramp
2550 North Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952