With March, we will begin to see warmer days and calm waters in the 10,000 Islands area. It is also when the seasons begin to turn, and spring is on its way leaving the cold and harsh conditions of the previous two months in the past. Spring fishing season is finally here!
While the weather definitely does get warmer in March, we can still experience some turbulent winds at around 15+ mph. The heavy wind can result in choppy, shallow waters. However, the warmer temperatures and other subtle weather changes make the 10,000 Islands region one of the best fishing locations in the state of Florida.
March is the perfect month to target the shallow water species including snook, speckled trout, and redfish. Snook prefer live bait and can most often be found around docks and mangroves. They also prefer faster currents so they can easily find and pick their food while staying hidden from predators. They can be quite a challenge, however, due to how elusive they can be. March is also considered the start of snook season in this area. Remember to check the FWC website for specific regulations to your area. A portion of the west coast of Florida is catch and release only.
Speckled trout aren’t as much of a challenge but can still be quite fun to go after. The season to keep speckled trout is open all year long, and each licensed angler can keep up to four speckled trout between the sizes of 15″ and 20”. You will find these fish in the shallow water grass flats during March. A variety of baits can be used from artificials to live.
Redfish frequent the oyster beds and flats and can be caught with light spin tackle. Another shallow water fish, redfish pose quite a challenge the shallower the water gets. The season for these fish is also open year round, and each licensed angler can keep one redfish that falls between 18″ and 27″ long.
With the mild temperatures, the calm waters, and the plentiful fish; the 10,000 Island’s region is an angler’s paradise during the spring months. You get the fun and challenge of catching these shallow water fish while being able to keep a few according to regulations as described above.
The calm water also makes it much easier for an angler to spot the fish they are targeting, but the challenge still makes the reward of catching them worth it. If you are looking for a fun spring trip this year, then South Florida in the 10,000 Islands is where you need to be.
Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-571-1756.