Typically this time of year the majority of trips we schedule are for the Progress Energy Hot Water Discharge Canal, just north of Crystal River, and for good reason…great fishing.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, some kind of shutdown occurred recently which sent the typically 72 degree water temperature plummeting down into the lower 50’s. This could end this winters fishing there.
Fortunately you don’t have to go very far to find warm water in the region. The Withalacoochee, Hommassasa, and Crystal Rivers are all excellent winter time hot spots, as well as Kings Bay (at Crystal River).
Plenty of Spotted Sea Trout, Reds, as well as a large variety of non-targeted species dwell in these natural spring fed rivers year around. During the winter months the population of fish actually increases when offshore water temps fall.
That’s all for now.