LAKE ROUSSEAU — Bill Burgess of Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing said there are rumors of crappie being caught by the dam in the old river channel. Bluegill and shellcracker are off the river breaks where there’s a change in depth and as close as can be to the grass. Catfish are hitting late in the afternoon and early evening on any kind of catfish bait. Catch bass with topwater bait, wacky worms or big Texas-rigged worms along the bottom and away from the shallow water on the stumps and stick-ups.
CRYSTAL RIVER/BARGE CANAL — Ed’s Tackle Shop reports cobia are good by the near-shore rock piles, biting on live pinfish or artificial eels. Redfish and snook are plentiful in and around the mangrove islands and bars. Try live shrimp. Grouper are in 60-80 feet of water, hitting on thread-fin herring or Spanish sardines. Trout are in 6-8 feet of water going for live shrimp or a 3-inch Gulp! shrimp under a Cajun Thunder popping cork.
HOMOSASSA RIVER — Bill Korade of Blue Water Bait and Tackle said Spanish mackerel and trout are showing up around the Bird Rack. There are also a lot of sharks. Grouper have been good in 35 feet of water using thread-fin herring and Spanish sardines. Look for snapper in 45-50 feet of water.
KING’S BAY — Captain Louie Argiro of Florida Fishing Adventures (352-601-1963, www.floridafishingadventures.com), based out of Pete’s Pier in Crystal River, said, "With the opening of gag grouper season we have seen some unbelievable fishing that we have not seen in years past. There seems to be fish from 5 feet to 65 feet of water with no shortage in sight. This seems to be like it’s going to be one of the best years possible and we are all looking forward to it.
"As for the American red snapper side of things we are seeing no end in sight for this heavily regulated fishery. With more than has ever been seen before the great fishing should continue into the end of July."