Jim’s Tips to Catching Redfish and Speckled Trout on Lake Powell in Inlet Beach


Guide to Fishing Lake Powell in Inlet Beach

Wanna try your luck catching some of the most gorgeous saltwater fish without going into the Gulf of Mexico?  If so, you’ll definitely want go fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish on Lake Powell in Inlet Beach, FL.  The rare coastal dune lakes that run along the 30A corridor offer some fantastic fishing opportunities that most people don’t know about.  So when the Gulf is too rough borrow or rent a kayak, paddle board or boat and head to one of the dune lakes.  In this post, we’ll talk specifically about fishing Lake Powell which is the largest of the 30A Coastal Dune Lakes and is located on the far eastern end of South Walton county in Inlet Beach.Trout Fishing Lake Powell in Inlet Beach, FL

There are 3 effective ways to fish Lake Powell and they are as follows:

  1. Rent a kayak at Camp Helen State Park
  2. If you have a boat there is a Lake Powell public launch right behind the Publix grocery store
  3. Fish right off the bank and/or wade out a little to get a further cast

By boat or kayak the best spot to land a keeper is in the coves located on the north side of Lake Powell.  More specifically, I’ve found that the coves where you can see the Shark’s Tooth Golf Club greens is the best honey-hole spot on the lake.  You’ll want to quietly enter each one and drift slowly as you cast up along the shore and work your bait back to the boat.

The best bait to use for Reds and Trout is live shrimp and my friends at Bay Breeze Bait and Tackle can HOOK you up with all the things needed to have a great day on the water.

If you ever decide you want to master tackle rigging techniques I have found A-Team Fishing Adventures to be a super helpful resource.

If you do not have access to a boat or kayak, bank fishing is a great alternative and can be just as effective.  Camp Helen State Park in Inlet Beach is where I recommend for bank fishing Lake Powell.  Simply pay a small admission fee (honor system) and park your vehicle at the northeast corner of the lot.  There you will see the path down to the lake and it’s easy to walk up and down the bank to get your FISHIN ON!  Hopefully you’ll go home with a heavy stringer of Speckled Trout and Redfish.  However, even if the fishing is slow, you’ll surely enjoy the beautiful scenery that this beloved 30A coastal dune lake provides.

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