Citrus County Fishing Report

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LAKE ROUSSEAU – Bill Burgess of Lake Rousseau RV and Fishing said that sea bass fishing has slowed a bit, although there are still many of them on the smaller side, biting Culprit worms rigged in Texas in fire and ice or swimming baits. There are a lot of smaller blue gills trapped in crickets or wiggler worms. Some types of 14-16-inch fish hit the fish under a bobber.

CONLACOOCHEE – Captain Zack Lewis of Reputation Charters (352-302-7928), through Hook, Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle, said: "Fishing in Yankeetown is currently on fire. Almost everything you want to catch is out there. , just waiting for you to go fishing. With Thanksgiving this week, if you have time or have a friend or relative or children, take them out fishing. The grouper, the trout, the bass, the red fish, the tripletail and the mackerel Spanish are available to take just waiting for a free trip to the pier.If you are looking for a fishing day and there seems to be a cold front pushing down, the day before the fish are generally on fire.

"There have been a lot of trout in good numbers, as well as red fish. If you are looking for mere and want to get some trout, go out in the morning to look for your grouper and on the way look for your triple tail. They will be floating freely or hanging from the grass in several stone crab traps. If you see a triple tail, I like to use shrimp with a 20 pound leader and a 2/0 circle or a compensated hook from owner J. Once you find a triple tail shot more beyond them and slowly roll their shrimp towards them. If you have one interested, they will slowly disappear and go to their shrimp. Make sure they eat them well and settle the hook and then have a good fight in their hands, and even better table fair. I hope this little tip helps you this weekend. Tight lines and calm seas. "

CRYSTAL RIVER / BARCAZA CHANNEL – Ed's Tackle Shop reports that trout bite 3 to 5 feet of water in D.O.A. Lil Johns or live shrimp under a busted cork. Coastal grouper fishing is still good around scattered rock piles and the Barge Canal, catching them either by throwing or fishing with FMAG15 or FMAG18 rapalas. The bass is along the river in the back streams, hitting live shrimp or mullets.

HOMOSASSA RIVER – Bill Korade of Blue Water Bait and Tackle said there is good fishing for red fish in the outer islands, use live shrimp, cut red mullets or light colored plastic. Mangrove snapper is found in spring and is caught with live shrimp under a cork. The grouper is excellent in 15-18 or 30-35 feet of water, go with Spanish sardines or thread fin herring. There are some trouts in Mason Creek, try dark colored plastics.

BAY OF THE KING Captain Louie Argiro of Florida Fishing Adventures (352-601-1963,, based at Pete's dock on Crystal River, said: "Spotted trout has made a good display around the beds of seaweed off Fort Island Trail Beach. We've been attacking them with white baits with a weightless nose hook. Throwing that bait as far as possible through the seaweed beds and then recovering it with a slow method of contraction, contraction. and pause has given us the best results. The incoming tide has been the best tide for mottled trout. "

RIVER OF SALT – Twin Rivers Marina in Crystal River reports that red fish, bass and trout bite live shrimp. Check the water conditions by visiting to watch a live video.


Captain William Toney (352-422-4141) said: "Looking at a week of Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for in Big Bend. One is a good fishery that must be maintained and protected for our future generations. Two, a lot of area that fishermen can stretch and find some space even on busy weekends and three, it can be cold but we are not drilling holes through the ice to catch some fish.

"Look for trout in streams near deep water, but sunbathing at the edges during the warmest part of the day. Soft, shiny plastics with a chartreuse jig head are a good bait option. Redfish is very close to the same place and like me I have written in the past that searching for mullet jumps will not help you find them now. There will be some mullet jumps here and there, but most of them have the spawn in mind so they can do the annual offshore race. It will have nothing to do with a good spot of redfish.

"I like fishing for keys in the high incoming tide that runs from east to west. The reason is that a key like this will block the north wind and collect the southern sun. The dark-bottomed coves will warm the cold water and create a winter bite. On the high seas, the mere gag bite is strong at 30 feet. Live bait or sardines will receive the bite. High tide this weekend will be very early in the morning or late at night. "

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