Rain is definitely needed throughout all Central Florida


Hello Folks,

I sure hope you had a great Easter weekend, and you celebrated with your church and family that He is Risen. My family and I were with friends and family and all the grandchildren to celebrate Easter.

Hopefully, we are goin’ to get some rain this week. We should could use some. Shirley and I traveled over to the East Coast last weekend to go to a birthday party. I noticed that the St. Johns River was very low as we crossed over it. It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, the river was out of its banks, and now it’s so dry. If you decide to go fishin’, especially on the south end of the river, watch out for the sand bars throughout the river. It’s awfully easy to run aground with the water this low. The good news is that if you find some deep water, you will be able to load the boat with panfish and some catfish. You might even catch a bass or two, as well. The fish have nowhere to go because the water is so low they have to be in some deep water to survive.

Folks are catchin’ some bluegills in Lake Monroe and Lake Jesup. Most folks are catchin’ ’em on red worms and grass shrimp. You will have to catch your own grass shrimp because they don’t sell them at the tackle stores. Let me say that I don’t know of any that sell them.

The bass fishin’ has been pretty good. Folks are excited that the Butler Chain ramp is back open. Lots of folks have been fishin’ the chain, and they are catchin’ some nice bass and lots of one- and two-pounders. Start with top-water baits early in the mornin’ and then switch over to plastic worms or slow-sinkin’ Senko-type baits when the sun gets up. Make sure you take along plenty of water and Gatorade to stay hydrated.

On the Harris Chain, the bass fishin’ has been doin’ pretty good as of late. Most folks are fishin’ submerged hydrilla and eel-grass beds. Swim-jigs, chatter-baits, and slow-sinkin’ Senko-type baits have been workin’ the best. Also try fishin’ the shell-beds and the brush piles throughout the lake.

The bass fishin’ on John’s Lake has been doin’ pretty for the past few weeks. It has been slow on some days when the wind isn’t blowin’, but if you can get a little wind, you should be able to catch some bass. Use top-water baits at first light and then plastic worms and slow-sinkin’ Senko-type durin’ the day. You can also try fishin’ with chatter-baits over the top of the submerged grass beds. The guys that fish the Wednesday night tournament on John’s Lake have been catchin’ some big bass.

Well that’s it for this week. I hope to see you on the water.

Tip of the week: go fishin’.

Save a few and good luck!