WITHLACOOCHEE — Hook-Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle in Inglis reports the redfish bite is good around oyster bars using live shrimp and cut mullet. Trout have moved out to a little deeper water. Use live shrimp and live pinfish. Folks are catching some good flounder inshore on live shrimp fishing it slow. The offshore grouper bite is good using cut bait and live bait in 25-35 feet of water. The red snapper bite is good using cut bait and live bait in 60-75 feet of water.
HOMOSASSA RIVER — Bill Korade of Blue Water Bait and Tackle said red snapper is biting in 100 feet of water on Spanish sardines. There are a few trout in 12-15 feet of water hitting on live shrimp. Some snook are being caught around the outer islands using jigs or spoons. There have been no scallops.
KING’S BAY — Captain Randy Hodges of Southern Edge Outfitters, while at Pete’s Pier in Crystal River, reports scalloping is extremely slow. Inshore, mangrove snapper, mackerel and flounder are biting. Offshore, it’s gap grouper and red snapper. Live pinfish or live shrimp work best.
SALT RIVER — Twin Rivers Marina in Crystal River reports trout, grouper and red snapper 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.
LAKE ROUSSEAU — Bill Burgess of Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing said bluegill and crappie are biting, the bluegill on wiggler worms, crickets and hot dogs, the crappie on crickets or minnow baits with a bobber. Catch them next to the weed beds close to the docks or out deeper in 10-12 feet of water. Catfish are hitting in the morning and afternoon in 3-7 feet of water using a variety of baits. Find them on the bottom and also with bobber or sinkers with chicken livers. Bass fishing is pretty good, catch 6-7-pounders using Bandit 100 series or 200 series Crankbaits on the edge of the weed beds out in the lake. Also try Senkos rigged in wacky style up next to the stumps.
Captain William Toney (352-422-4141) said, “After the first day of scallop season, things are off to a slow start. Not many were brought back to the dock. Many factors could be the cause, from new moon high tide, lots of rain and change of salinity, and over-harvesting. Time will tell if the scallop masses are in deep water or not here at all.
“Mangrove snapper are in good numbers around the near-shore rocks. Free-lined live shrimp is the best bait. There are also grunts, Spanish mackerel and a few keeper gag grouper mixed in. For trout head out early and use cork rigs with glow soft plastic tails about 24 inches under the float. Best areas have been in front of the Fort Island Beach, near the Bird Rack and the north side of the Chassahowitzka channel. Redfish on the incoming tide have been good but there are a lot of short fish. Look for shorelines with jumping mullet to find them. High incoming tide will be in the late afternoon this weekend.”