Tip of the week: According to www.fishingtipsdepot.com, at this time of year the best depth to catch specks are between three and six feet. When the summer comes and the water gets warmer, they tend to go deeper, except at dawn and dusk, when they usually come to shallower waters.

1. Yankeetown/Waccasassa: According to Jim Zaloga, the hope is that if it is warmer, the trout will start venturing out the flats in the afternoon. The redfish should be toward the mouths of the rivers and creeks. Mud minnows are great bait for redfish this time of year.

2. Crystal River/Homosassa: Capt. William Toney said that this week and last week were some of the best inshore trout and red fishing he has had this winter. Remember, the year is young and the Nature Coast has experienced mid-70-degree weather. The flats near the outside rocky points are the best areas to target. The key to catching is having enough incoming tide to cover the limestone points so fish will concentrate to feed on the bait fish or shrimp on the rocks. On low water look for deeper depressions between navigable creeks to catch some of the largest trout of the year. The baits Toney used this week for some of the best trout and redfish were the Eppinger Rex gold spoon. When asked how to work a gold spoon Toney suggested a "nice, long cast like pitching a penny to a wall, lively on the retrieve with a steady reeling motion.” High tide will be early morning or late evening. 

3. Withlacoochee: Capt. Bob at Angler’s Resort on the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon reports that fishing on the Withlacoochee and Lake Rousseau continues to be slow. Those using artificial baits on Lake Rousseau have had the best luck, however, it is still on the slow side. Those fishing the river have had best luck in the Rainbow and around the mouth of the Rainbow. Crappie fishing has still been fair in the phosphate pits on the Withlacoochee using Missouri minnows.

4. Orange Lake/Lochloosa: Lochloosa Harbor is reporting that everyone is pretty much catching their limits of specks. A pair of anglers caught 80 while fishing together on Tuesday, keeping 15. Minnows with jigs head have proven to be the the best bait combination. And the ideal spot is in the middle of the lake using a slow troll.

5. Ocklawaha River: Roger Robins at Buck ‘N Bass Sports Center reports that the Ocklawaha River has produced nice bass on wild shiners and sinko-type worms in junebug and green pumpkin color spectrums. Specks have been caught below the dam and in the river heading towards Highway 19.

6. Salt Springs: Roger Robbins at Buck 'N Bass Sports Center reports that Rodman Reservoir has produced some nice bass and specks below the dam. Speck fishing has been good on the north side of the reservoir just outside the lilly pads. Fishermen have been catching slab-sized specks in this area and a few in the stumps. Trolled minnows are the best bait for these. Betts beetle spins in green and black are also working well. Catfish are being caught up to 20 pounds below the dam.

7. Forest Lakes: Liz at Fat Daddy’s said that specks are being caught all throughout the forest. The majority of anglers are using minnows, but some also have had success with jigs or a combination of the two. Bluegill and some very big bass also have started hitting. Wild shiners have been bringing in the bass. Three people came into Fat Daddy’s in a five-day stretch with bass that weighed more than 10 pounds each.

8. Lake Weir: Liz at Fat Daddy’s reports that specks are being caught with regularity here. Minnows have proven to be the most effective baits.

9. Harris Chain: According to BassOnline.com, bass often can be found here in the open water. The canals have them at times, too.

10. Panasoffkee/Tsala: Specks have been biting here with minnows and jigs the baits of choice.

11. Astor Park: Roger Robbins at Buck 'N Bass Sports Center reports that speck fishing is good under the Astor bridge and in some canals off the river.

12. Ponce Inlet: According to www.floridasightfishing.com, the bite is still red hot in the Mosquito Lagoon and near New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet. Redfish have been biting with regularity since Hurricane Irma. Tours are fishing schools of redfish every morning in Mosquito Lagoon and wrapping things up catching bunches of spotted sea trout. There are lots of snook and tarpon in the deeper waters around New Smyrna. Fishing is not going slow down for a while, then we’ll start to see baitfish thinning out and the fall transition taking place. Fishing for Mosquito Lagoon redfish have been excellent the last couple weeks. Lower water levels have the fish schooled up big time during the morning. Numerous groups of 75-150 grouped up fish ranging between five and 10 pounds. Giant bull reds have also been schooled up in both lagoons for their annual spawn with fish in the 20-40 pound range coming to the boat each day recently. Summer and early fall is prime time for catching these trophy-sized redfish. Live bait has been the ticket with mullet, pinfish, pigfish all catching plenty. Soft plastics, plugs and spoons have worked when throwing lures. The speckled trout bite in Mosquito Lagoon is still going strong. It’s also picked up well in New Smyrna Beach around oysters, creek shorelines, and docks. Live bait is producing around 15-to-20 trout each day. Many are smaller keeper-sized fish with some big ones upwards of seven or eight pounds. Fishing for speckled trout will remain like this until the cold fronts start to roll through and baitfish supplies run out in late September. Fishing for snook n New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet has been good around the docks, bridges and shorelines. However, it’s going to get even better next month when cold fronts start to get going and baitfish begin their fall migration. Where snook are hanging out now makes for tougher fishing with heavy gear and lots of lost fish or break-offs but anglers are getting a fair number of bites each time out.