Fishing forecast florida

Fishing forecast florida

Saltwater florida : Before the most recent cold front, anglers found fairly consistent catches of redfish and seatrout along grass flats throughout the Indian River Lagoon system. The Mosquito Lagoon, Indian and Banana rivers all produced fish from morning through the middle of the afternoon.

Cooler temperatures and overcast conditions likely will push fish into deeper, warmer water around canals, channels and holes. Deeper water areas adjacent to shallow grass flats are ideal to find wintering fish. Dock and mangrove shorelines in water at least 4 feet deep offer excellent opportunities in colder weather. If artificial baits are used, remember to slow the retrieve since the fish generally are slower to respond.

Black drum and sheepshead catches have been good around docks, bridges and around structures along inlets when weather conditions permit. Channels and holes adjacent to grass flats also have been productive for these two species. Drum and sheepshead prefer natural baits, but artificials are an option if they are presented well. Live sandfleas and fiddler crabs probably are the best bet overall, but larger drum prefer live blue crabs. Fresh cut shrimp and clam also can entice these fish, but often are ignored because of fishing pressure. When using artificials, try small shrimp imitating lures such as jigs and weighted flies.

Freshwater florida : Anglers and guides have reported bass spawning activity from many Central Florida lakes and impoundments. Windy, cooler weather has kept many anglers on land. Those venturing out who are able to find wind protection should be rewarded.

At West Lake Toho, south of Kissimmee, bass are spawning along hard-scraped bottom areas on the east side of the lake. Grass, lily pads, reeds and open water between 3 and 7 feet have been productive. At Lake Blue Cypress, between Vero Beach and Yeehaw Junction, concentrate on the cypress trees and outside the east shoreline grass lines for spawning bass. The Stick Marsh, south of Palm Bay, also has produced spawning fish. Wind protection has been difficult to find. Try to stay close to wind-protected shorelines and target the hard sandy bottom for spawning bass. Soft plastic worms and jerkbaits have worked best with a slow retrieve at all mentioned lakes.

— Beth Sinclair, for FLORIDA TODAY

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