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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  1. Tim Medley
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    I am a pretty serious bass fisherman from KC MO who will be staying at Pinnicle point resort right on lake powell.
    I only use artificial lures and have no interest in keeping fish. Would love to know the best lures and times for bank fishing for the week I will be down (aug 5 to the 11th). I am up for whatever swims!
    Thanks in advance!

    • Teddy Triton
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      For fishing right off the beach i suggest:

      Plastic rod holder

      Pompano rig set up
      heavy triangle weight
      Pink or Orange Fish Bites as bait
      Or live shrimp (buy a bubble system for your shrimp bucket and keep a sandwich size ziplock bag of ice cubes in shrimp bucket to keep them lively)

      Sometimes the fish are inside the 1st sandbar. Sometimes behind the 1st sandbar. You just have to change it up some

      For fishing Lake Powell without a kayak:

      When you arrive you will see the inlet which connects lake powell to the gulf. On the north side of the inlet (Pass) there is a drop off. So you can walk out to the shallow area and cast into the drop off. Ive caught pompano, reds, specs, etc right in that spot. You can use the same rig above or cast artificials.

      For fishing Lake Powell with a Kayak:

      You can rent a kayak at Camp Helen for about $15-20 a day including paddle. With a kayak paddle directly north. Go under the bridge and keep heading north to the coves. They are basically a straight shot across from where you will be staying. The coves have a lot of reds and specs.

      Super easy paddle to get to the coves. Maybe 10-15 minutes.

      Again, live shrimp or the fish bites are pretty much a guarantee but i also have lures and plastics options for you. It would be easier to text you pics of these lures.

      Bay Breeze Bait & Tackle is only about 4 miles east of your condo. The owner there is really knowledgeable about lake powell as well. He sells live shrimp, the fish bites, and all the lures/tackle you could need.

      Email me your cell and I’ll snap a few pics of the lures to pick up from him.

      Jim Dixon

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