Spring has officially arrived along the Treasure Coast.....finally! Winds continue to blow most days, but you can expect mild temperatures around the area and water temperatures have already began to warm up. Water temps this week have reached near 70 degrees and the fish will be hungry instead of trying to keep warm. Winter was mild overall and provided us with lots of great fishing memories this year, but on to Spring!
Our trout bite picked up this past week as water temps warmed up to their liking. Look to sand bars and flats that are two to five feet in depth to find some good sized sea trout. DOA shrimp, Deadly Combos, top water or live bait are all good ways to fish these areas for trout. The redfish bite has been good most days around the mangroves when the water has been in the upper 60's. CAL grubs, DOA shrimp and live baits can give you a good battle under the mangroves this time of year. Snook fishing has been best around the jetties recently and should pick up soon for anglers. The pompano have been scarce for us in the river. There are some out there, but it hasn't been the best bite for them of late. Sheepshead and black drum continue to hang under docks and bridges for anglers. The power lines at the power plant have been active with them as well.
You can find mackerel and jacks around the inlets areas of the river by using small shiny lures. Beach anglers continue to catch whiting and occasional pompano along the surf. Ladyfish and jacks are everywhere as usual this time of year. April promises to be a super month for fishing. Expect more windy days ahead, but milder temperatures. I think I can finally pack those sweats and long johns away for this year. It's been a good winter, but I am certainly ready for Spring. Have fun and enjoy the fishing!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner