WITHLACOOCHEE/RAINBOW RIVERS/LAKE ROUSSEAU — Captain Bob Jewett out of Angler’s Resort in Dunnellon reports a lot of small bass are biting up the Rainbow, folks are using domestic shiners in watermelon red and green pumpkin. Some nice-sized bluegill are hitting on small jigs, crickets and wiggler worms. On the Withlacoochee, bass are being caught with wild and domestic shiners in watermelon red and green pumpkin, as well as topwater frogs. Bluegill are hitting on wigglers and frozen shrimp. On Lake Rousseau, bass in nice size are being caught with wild shiners, and bluegill on wigglers and crickets.
LAKE ROUSSEAU — Bill Burgess of Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing said catfish weighing 2-4 pounds are hitting on cut mullet and chicken soaked in Kool-Aid. Bluegill have slowed down, with some larger ones moving out to deeper water. Shellcrackers are biting on crickets and hot dogs in 6-10 feet of water. Bass fishing has slowed considerably, though some have been caught in 3-7 feet using Bandit 100 series Crankbaits.
WITHLACOOCHEE — Hook-Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle in Inglis reports the redfish bite has been good. Fish banks and rock structure using soft and live baits. Trout and flounder are also being caught around inland banks and structure using live shrimp and soft baits. Red snapper is still being caught in 50-80 feet of water on cut and live bait.
SALT RIVER — Twin Rivers Marina in Crystal River reports grouper and red snapper are being caught. Top baits are shrimp, thread-fin herring and squid. Check out water conditions by visiting www.twinriversmarina.com to view a live video feed.
Captain William Toney (352-422-4141) said, “Looking at the rough weather ahead, it may put a damper on the offshore fishing and scalloping on the Nature Coast. More rain will keep the water temperatures down and help the inshore trout bite. The elevated tide will create some good redfishing. For trout areas look for bars with moving water. The best bait if it is breezy has been a popping cork with a soft plastic in glow, new penny or golden bream. If the conditions are calm look for patches of rock grass that can be found in deep cuts near creek mouths and use a D.O.A. glow, nose-hooked 5.5 jerk bait.
“Look for redfish on the western-facing points or rocky mangrove keys. Jumping mullet is a good sign. Gold spoons, live shrimp and live pinfish are the best baits.
“After the first week of scallop season most of the reports were slim pickings. Some folks that went with local guides seem to do a little better. There are many theories, one of them is that they are out deep because of the amount of rain has diluted the salinity and the other is the resource has been depleted. I believe time will tell. Look for incoming high tide late morning this weekend.”