Fishing forecast FLORIDA

Fishing forecast FLORIDA
1. Freshwater lakes: West Lake Toho, south of Kissimmee, has been producing consistent catches of bass to 4 pounds around open-water hydrilla. At Lake Kissimmee, look for bass in mixed vegetation around shorelines and islands.

2. St. Johns River: Anglers are finding bass to 6 pounds around schooling shad along running water. Some better areas include mouths of canals, sloughs, entrances and exits into lakes, especially around the north end of Lake Washington, west of Cocoa, and the south end of Lake Poinsett, west of Cocoa.

3. Mosquito Lagoon: Tarpon, redfish and seatrout catches have all been good recently. Look for the tarpon holding around Haulover Canal, between the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Reds and seatrout are roaming grass flats during mornings and late afternoons.

4. Port Canaveral: Sheepshead, mangrove snapper and flounder are taking live shrimp cast close to structures in and around the port. The better catches are coming around the drawbridge and the south jetty.

5. Offshore: Dolphin are being found offshore Port Canaveral, Sebastian and Fort Pierce inlets, however most of these fish are further out than usual, starting in 140 feet. Small kingfish are fairly consistent starting in about 60 feet of water east of Canaveral, and around the Bethal Shoal area southeast of Sebastian.

6. Indian and Banana rivers: Live pigfish cast under and around docks and bridges are accounting for good catches of seatrout between Rockledge and Melbourne. Most catches are coming early and late in the day, though some anglers are finding cooperative fish during overcast conditions.

7. Surf: Snook are hitting live pigfish, pinfish, mullet and Atlantic croakers along troughs between Indialantic and Sebastian Inlet when baitfish are present. High and rising tides are best, especially when they coincide with low-light periods.

8. Sebastian Inlet: Anglers are picking up some snook during the beginning and end of the day and nighttime outgoing tides along both jetties. Live baits, especially pinfish, pigfish and mojarras are working best. Some anglers are getting a few mangrove snapper on live shrimp, mojarras and greenies cast along the structures of the jetties.

9. Vero Beach: Mornings and late evenings are producing snook, seatrout, redfish and occasional tarpon along grass flats and shorelines. Top-water plugs and soft plastic baits are working well.

10. Fort Pierce: Snook are active around area bridges at night and during early mornings, where they are hitting live baits. Those drifting with live shrimp and greenies along the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway Channel are picking up some mangrove snapper and flounder.

— Beth Sinclair, for FLORIDA TODAY

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