Thursday

Lake Worth Pier Fishing

William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier at Lake Worth Beach is Famously known as Lake Worth Pier

The fishing off Lake Worth Pier is generally good, but be prepared for the admission fee and Dinner may be just a cast away.



For half a century, anglers flocked to the Lake Worth pier for a rare, land-based opportunity to catch sailfish and other pelagic species, which the Gulf Stream current bring in. On every opening day of snook season, a line of anglers stood outside the chain link fence for hours before the pier opened. Cobia, African pompano and lots of pompano were routinely caught. And, a variety of snappers lurked near the pier pilings and nearshore reefs on the pier’s south side. The fish are still there, but the access isn’t. In 2004, Hurricane Frances destroyed the pier.






But after Frances destroyed the pier in 2004, Lake Worth City came to angling community’s rescue and fought to get federal funds to have the pier rebuilt.


The reconstructed concrete-and-wood pier extends 960 feet and is one of only two piers on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County (with the other the Juno Beach Pier). It was open to the public in January 1960. In 2003, the pier was named after William Osborne Lockhart, longtime Lake Worth resident and pier master. He was known for teaching kids to fish and his generosity to the poor and the homeless.

Some visit the pier just to enjoy the view and observe the anglers.


The farthest stretch of the lake worth pier is built 5 feet higher than the previous structure. Its wooden planks are designed to break away during high waves and heavy storms. Any future damage should only require plank replacement, keeping local fishermen within a cast of their next dinner.


William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier at Lake Worth Beach   
Phone :  (561) 582-3474

Facilities : Bait shop, Fishing Rod Rental,  Restroom,  restaurant, benches, shade structures, bait-cutting stations.
Parking : $3 single-day parking permit  (Check Parking Location)

The proposed new hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from March through October - sea turtle nesting season - and from 6 a.m. to midnight from November through February.




Feeding Frenzy


Mullets Under the Lake Worth Pier




Blue Fish

Florida Pompano

King Fish

Snapper

Spanish Mackeral




So be ready to do some fishing, reline, stock up and prepare to catch some fish if you have the time.

Other Florida Piers

Piers: How to reach deeper water without a boat.

Juno Beach Fishing Pier: 
A1A at Juno Beach Park, 561/799-0185. Notes: Opened 01/15/99, 990' with 72' Tee, fee, 2 shade areas, B&T, restrooms at park, there are limestone formations on each side of the pier between the shade structures to attract bait.

Deerfield Beach International Pier: 
200 NE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach, 954/426-9206. Notes: 920', fee, B&T, guarded beach.

Pompano Fishing Pier/Fisherman's Warf: 
222 Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954/943-1488. Notes: 1,080', fee, B&T, some shade, restaurant, guarded beach.

Anglin's Fishing Pier: 
Commercial Blvd. at the Ocean, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954/491-9403. Notes: 875', fee, B&T, guarded beach.

Dania Pier: 
300 N. Beach Rd., Dania, 954/927-0640. Notes: 922', fee, B&T, guarded beach.

Newport Fishing Pier: 
16701 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach, 305/949-1300. Notes: 918'(?), fee, B&T, some shade, guarded beach.

Haulover Fishing Pier: 
Destroyed by hurricane Andrew.

I strongly suggest calling these piers before your visit to check on hours, fees, parking, special rules, current conditions, etc. Details seem to change so rapidly that most published lists are outdated about the time they are printed. 










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