Specks are bitin’ in many area lakes


Hello Folks, I hope you are havin’ a good week and you got a chance to do some fishin’ over the weekend. Folks are catchin’ lots of specks and the bass bite isn’t too bad. The specks are bitin’ in Lake Monroe, Lake Harney, Lake Jesup, and Lake Woodruff. Folks are gettin’ their limits fishin’ with jigs tipped with a minner. Some folks are driftin’ just offshore and catchin’ some specks and others are findin’ some specks closer to the shoreline. You just need to cover a lot of water until you find ‘em bitin’. Lake Dorr in the Ocala Forest has been really good as of late and folks are catchin’ some nice specks in the Butler Chain. If you go speck fishin’ in the Butler Chain, try Tibet Butler or Lake Chase. Both lakes have some nice deep holes just off the shoreline. You can drift over the areas by tight-linin’ a jig tipped with a minner until you start gettin’ some bites. A few specks are also bein’ caught in Lake Carlton and Lake Beauclair. You need to fish around Deer Island in both lakes. Lake Griffin is producin’ some nice specks over the past two weeks. Captain Linda has been takin’ her clients bass fishin’ in some local lakes and they are catchin’ and releasin’ lots of bass up to 6 lbs. The Kissimmee Chain has been good for bass, too. Most folks are findin’ some bass on the beds and if the water temperature keeps comin’ up, the fishin’ should be good all the way to the full moon next month. The Butler Chain and John’s Lake have been good lakes to catch some bass in as well. As I mentioned last week, my fishin’ partner Rick and his nephew and his son-in-law finished up their trip in John’s Lake where they caught a released 15 bass last Saturday. Most of the bass were caught on plastic worms, and spinner-baits. They did see a lot of beds but they had all bucks on ‘em, no big females. I don’t think all the bass have spawned yet so with the full moon comin’ up on April 4, you could still see some bass on the beds as well. We have a new moon at the end of this week and if the water temperature stays up, you could have a good weekend for fishin’. If you want to catch shad, I’m gettin’ some good reports from the St. Johns River. You can catch ‘em around the Lemon Bluff area of the river and south of State Road 50. You can catch ‘em on small swim-baits, and by trollin’ shad rigs up and down the river. The bass fishin’ on the Harris Chain has been good and should get better over the next couple of weeks. Most of the bass are bein’ caught on plastic worms, swim-baits, and flippin’ the heavy cover with your favorite flippin’ bait. If you like to flip, make sure your flippin’ bait has some blue in it. I like to flip june-bug with a blue tail, or a black with blue-tail type bait. Either one of those colors should get you a bite. Well, that’s it for this week. I hope to see ya on the water real soon. Tip of the week: new moon. Save a few and good luck!