Cooler weather means that speckled-perch time isn’t far away

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Hello Folks,

I hope everyone is enjoyin’ the cooler weather we are havin’ this week. It’s been really nice and it’s gonna be nice on the water when you go fishin’ this weekend.

The fishin’ is pickin’ up in most of the chains in our area. Folks are still catchin’ some nice stringers of panfish, bluegills and a few shellcrackers. Most folks are driftin’ mid-lake with crickets and red worms. If the weather continues to cool, it won’t be long until it’s speckled perch time.

A few folks are catchin’ some specks in deeper water, but they have to cover a lot of water to catch ‘em. Lake Monroe has been the best lake to catch some specks in as of late. You will find the specks around the drop-offs or in the deeper channels of the lake.

You will also find some bass feedin’ in Lake Monroe around the shoreline grass and the pads. Also, keep an eye out for the bait pods around the lake. You may find the bass bustin’ on ‘em, so keep a lipless crankbait tied on one of your rods in case they come up.

The Kissimmee Chain has been good for bass fishin’, especially since the water is flowin’ from lake to lake. You need to fish the mouth of the canals that feed into the lakes. You will find bass feedin’ on bait-fish in those areas. If the bass are schoolin’, try a lipless crankbait, or a double-propped top-water bait.

Once the bass quit feedin’, throw a slow-sinkin’ Senko-type bait or plastic worm into the same area. Look for some submerged grass beds in the area and you should find the bass still hangin’ around there.

The Butler Chain has been good for bass and a few specks. Most of the bass are feedin’ real early in the mornin’ along the shoreline on the bait-fish. You can try top-water baits or a swim-bait, buzz-bait or a Rapapla. Any one of these baits should catch you a bass.

Once the bass quit feedin’ on the bait-fish, switch to a plastic worm and work it along the shoreline grass. As the sun comes up, you may find the bass movin’ out to the submerged hydrilla and eel-grass beds. Also, look for schoolin’ bass as you fish the shoreline. They may come up at anytime, so make sure you are ready. Always have a lipless crank-bait tied on to one of your rods.

The bass fishin’ has been a little slow on the Harris Chain. Most of the bass are bein’ caught around the off-shore hydrilla beds and the eel-grass beds. Plastic worms and slow-sinkin’ Senko-type baits work the best. Also, try flippin’ the heavy cover once the sun gets up. You just might get your string stretched on one of those flips.

I hope you have a great week and I’ll see ya next week.

Tip of the week: enjoy the weather.

Save a few and good luck!