Information Central (c) Larry Larsen
ANGLER'S GUIDE TO
CUTLER DRAIN CANAL (C-100 SERIES)
Courtesy Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
801 NW 40th Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33431
DESCRIPTION--The Cutler Drain Canal (C-100 series) is made up of four sections (C-100, C-100A, C-100B, and C-100C), and includes 13.5 miles
of navigable waters in southern Miami-Dade County between the cities of Kendall and Cutler Ridge. These canals were constructed in the mid-1900s by cutting into the coral rock substrate
with large machines. The canals have near vertical edges, range in width from 30 to more than 80 feet, and average about 12 feet deep (except for C-100B which averages about five feet
deep). The C-100A has two five-acre, sand-bottomed lakes that are 10 feet deep. This canal system has many forks, bends, and is lined with beautiful homes and parks making it an
attractive and relaxing place to fish.
Cutler Drain Canal typically has clearer water than most south Florida canals which gives anglers the rare opportunity
to do some freshwater sight-fishing (i.e., see and cast to a targeted fish in 6 to 10 feet of water). Like other area
canals, this one contains many fish; what makes it different is that sometimes these fishes can be seen swimming about as if they were in a large aquarium. For help with flights, or hotels in the area, click here.. From the boat ramp, C
-100C runs to Coral Reef Regional Park where it intersects with C-100A. The C-100A canal is 5.7 miles long, the C-100B
is 2.2 miles long, the C-100C is 1.7 miles long, and the C-100 is 2.7 miles long.
BOAT RAMP DIRECTIONS--The boat ramp on this system is a steep, single-lane, gravel/sand ramp in fair to poor condition
. This ramp is accessible from the Turnpike Extension by exiting on Coral Reef Drive (SW 152nd Street), go east about two miles to US-1, turn north (left) to SW 136th Street
, turn west (left) to SW 92nd Avenue, go south (left) then east (left) onto a dirt road immediately after crossing the canal. Drive about 1/4 mile to the flood control structure; the
ramp is behind and just south of 'The Falls' shopping mall. This guide is for the boat ramp and area east of the water
control structure (S-119). There is adequate parking, but no facilities. Care should be taken when launching boats because the ramp is in poor condition. Note: Anglers,
particularly those from outside the metropolitan Miami - West Palm Beach area, should be aware that vandalism occurs at some boat ramps. Therefore, care should be taken
to secure your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight or take them with you when you leave the ramp.
GENERAL FISHING INFORMATION--Cutler Drain Canal provides excellent fishing for butterfly peacock. Fallen trees,
canal intersections, sharp bends, and dead ends are generally productive areas for catching most species of fish. Shoreline vegetation, rip-rap areas, residential seawalls,
and shady areas associated with bridges and culverts also provide excellent places to fish. If there is a strong current
in the main canal, spend more time fishing lateral canals and other areas that offer refuge from the current (e.g., cut-outs, bridge pilings, and the downstream side of spillways).
Fishing for butterfly peacock is best from March through May, but they are caught consistently throughout the year.
Butterfly peacock feed only during daylight and normally close to shore, although schooling peacocks sometimes feed
aggressively in open water. Butterfly peacock are abundant, average 13.9 inches (1.6 pounds), 23% of the
harvestable fish are greater than 15 inches, and biologists have measured and released peacocks larger than 20
inches in this system. The bag limit for butterfly peacock is two fish per day, only one of which can be greater than 17 inches.
Most butterfly peacock are caught on live bait or fast moving artificial lures and flies that imitate small fish. Cutler Drain
Canal and other area canals receive a great deal of fishing pressure so we encourage anglers to release most, if not
all of the butterfly peacock, largemouth bass, and snook they catch. If anglers don't release a majority of the sportfish
they catch, these high quality fisheries will deteriorate rapidly.