Well, the cooler weather has left us for a while and the warmer weather has come to town. We had the full moon this week on Thursday, March 5, so this weekend should be a great time to get on the water and catch some fish. The water should warm up this week and that should push the specks and the bass on the beds. We have been gettin’ some good results from most of the lakes in our area and folks are gettin’ a bucket of minners and headin’ to the lake.
Captain Joe reports that the folks in his area are catchin’ some specks in Lake Monroe, Lake Jesup and Lake Harney. Lake Woodruff has been really good as of late. Folks are catchin’ specks on jigs tipped with a minner and you can do well with jigs fished under a cork as well. You need to cover a lot of water until you locate some specks and then keep driftin’ back and forth over the area until they quit bitin’.
Folks are also catchin’ some specks in the Harris Chain. Most of the specks are bein’ caught in Lake Beauclair and Lake Dora around Deer Island. The cut between Lake Dora and Lake Beauclair has been good, too. You can use brightly colored jigs tipped with a minner to catch ‘em. Top colors have been lemon-orange, pink, chartreuse, and Ron’s fish bites.
The Kissimmee Chain has been good for catchin’ some specks, too. Most of the specks are bein’ caught just off the shoreline grass and on the edge of the grass.
The bass fishin’ should be real good this weekend, but there is a FLW tournament at Big Toho Marina so you might want to try goin’ the followin’ weekend. You will have plenty of bass boats on the water and plenty of folks fishin’ for bass in most all the lakes in the chain.
The Butler Chain has been real good as of late for bass and some specks are startin’ to be caught on a more consistent basis. You will find the specks just off the shoreline around the hydrilla and eel-grass beds. Folks are driftin’ over the deeper water grass beds with jigs tipped with a minner. The specks may move a little closer to the shoreline to spawn with the warmer weather we are havin’ this week, so make sure you cover the shallow water areas in the lakes in the chain, just in case those ole specks move into shallow water to spawn.
If you want to catch some bass on the Butler Chain, I would fish the shoreline cover and the off-shore hydrilla beds for large females goin’ on the beds. You can fish with shiners or swim-baits or Carolina rigged plastic worms.
If you do catch a big female and she is spawnin’, please make sure you release her back to the water as soon as possible. We want to insure the future of bass fishin’ for our children and grandchildren.
I hope you have a great week and you get a chance to do some fishin’. See ya next week.
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