Hernando County has some of the best fishing on Florida’s Nature Coast. Whether you are trolling freshwater lakes and rivers, or stalking saltwater species in the Gulf of Mexico, the options are as plentiful as the memories you will make on the water. The cottages at Chinsegut Hill Retreat are a convenient, quiet location for anglers to prepare their tackle — and hopefully their catch of the day!
Chinsegut Hill Retreat is only about a 30-minute drive from several ports on the Gulf of Mexico coast, where world-record tarpon slice through the shallow water of the flats. Also eyeing your bait will be fish you will want to prepare for dinner, including redfish, cobia, snook, grouper, sea trout and mackerel.
One of the most popular saltwater adventures arrives each July when bay scallop season opens, drawing recreational divers and snorkelers from all over for the chance to fill their buckets with this sweet delicacy. Scallop season runs roughly from July to September and it is an on-the-water outing the whole family can enjoy. The only thing more satisfying than the super-fresh meal you’ll enjoy that evening, will be remembering the sounds of excited children from earlier that day.
Freshwater fishing is even closer to Chinsegut Hill Retreat. The Withlacoochee River’s Silver Lake Recreation Area is only a few miles east of Chinsegut and offers the opportunity to hook bream, crappie, bass and catfish.
After a successful day on the water, picture yourself swapping fish stories with your family or friends on the porch of your cottage, enjoying a breathtaking Florida sunset from one of the highest elevations in the state, and then taking a stroll past the giant oaks that shade the grounds of a restored 165-year-old Manor House.
And if you had one of those days where you did a lot more fishing than catching, there are plenty of dining options in Hernando County.
As you plan your fishing trip and make reservations at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, you will want to take advantage of useful information about fishing and scalloping on Florida’s Nature Coast, provided by our partners at the Hernando County Tourism Bureau.