LAKE ROUSSEAU — Bill Burgess of Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing said folks are having pretty good luck with redear bluegill and shellcrackers, catching nice sizes and quantities using wiggler worms or crickets along the edge of the grass in 4-7 feet of water. In deeper water they’re usually next to the breaks. Crappie have been small and typically down deeper. Best to look for catfish at nighttime with mullet on the bottom and coming up shallow. Hydrilla is causing problems so be careful. Bass fishing is slow, try big worms dragging over top of the edge of the weeds and at the drop-offs into deeper water. A Texas-rigged Culprit worms in fire and ice or plum should work best, and wild shiners are always good. Early in the morning or late in the evening continue to be the best times to fish and avoid the heat.
WITHLACOOCHEE — Captain Zack Lewis of Reputation Charters (352-302-7928), via Hook, Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle, said, "With the red snapper season coming to a close the red snapper season is still good. We have been catching some red snapper gags and mangrove snapper. The gag season is open till December 31. If anyone is interested in a trip let me know. For shallow water grouper or offshore for grouper and amberjack. The inshore bite has been good as well."
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, "Inshore fishing this week we have been seeing good numbers of redfish around the mouths of the rivers leading to the Gulf. Throwing live shrimp on a jig head into current-driven points has been the ticket. Let the pinfish nibble on your shrimp till you feel a bigger tug, that’s when you know you’ve got a redfish on.
"Scalloping has shown to increase in numbers the further south that you travel. Looking for the shorter grass instead of the long grass seems to make it much easier to see those tasty mollusks.
"Offshore the grouper fishing has held steady for the most part. It seems as if this warm water has brought more and more goliath groupers onto our shallow rocks which can make for a hard day. Fishing many different spots and live chumming often has shown to give the best outcomes."