Speck and Bass
usually begin bedding activity around the middle of January and
continue into March. Look for the beds in shallow coves and residential
canals. For Specks tip a jig with a minnow under a small popping cork and
cast in bedding area. Retrieve with a jerk , stop motion to cover the most
water. For Bass flip a small plastic worm or lizard directly into beds.
This takes a lot of patience as the fish guarding the bed may simply
ignore the bait. A good pair of polarized sunglasses help spot the fish.
Please release all bass caught off beds !!
Shell cracker and Bluegill bed in the
summer months in shallow water. Look for bedding fish in lily pads and
edges of grass. Best bait crickets or worms. Use your nose to find beds,
you will notice a distinctive fishy smell around the area of the beds.
Also look for movement around lily pads. The fish will "bump the pads"
during spawning. Also look for "beading" on the surface of the water. This
is a sure sign of bedding bluegill. Minnows feed on the eggs of spawning
bream and attract feeding bass.
This list covers some
of the areas where you are likely to find spawning Fish.
- Apopka Beauclair Canel:
Enter from the West end of Lake Beauclair. Several canals branch off
between the locks and Lake Beauclair.
- Grand island canal:
Enter from the North shore of Lake Eustis.
- E Canal:
Enter from the North West shore of Lake Eustis.
- 9th Street Canal: Enter
from West shore of Lake Harris.
- Residential Canals on Little Lake Harris:
Enter from East shore of Little Lake Harris
Hope this helps you
catch a BIG ONE. Good Fishing. Joe