It has been some very interesting fishing since my last report. My parties and I have found fish in the typical winter, cold water patterns, potholes and ditches, including the Steinhatchee river. But we have also caught fish on the flats. Bright sun and light breeze at the most are the conditions needed for the flats to be productive. When everything lines up just right we have experienced some of the best fishing of the year.
We are in the middle of several cold days in a row and think it’s enough to push Trout deep where water temps are more stable. The river fishing for Specks has been off and on. Last week I saw a picture of 7.5 lb Trout I think was caught in the river.
It’s always a fun time of year to fish Steinhatchee, it does help to do some homework. The tides run low in winter, and scouting potholes will payoff the next day or a few hours later at best. Once you flush those big girls it’s game over. When you’re in the neighborhood, tip toe or drift. Use your power pole, stick it pin, or some quiet way to stop your boat within casting distance.
Jigs and slow sinking hard baits are best. I don’t think color matters a whole lot in cold clear water, it’s about finding fish.
GOD Bless and Good Fishing
Captain STEVE KROLL
This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll