Indian and Banana River Fishing Report
Fishing over the last few weeks has been hit or miss in the lagoon systems. We are currently dealing with an extensive brown algae bloom that has made sight fishing near impossible. You can find a few patches of clear water here and there but that is about it. Fishing early mornings with top water plugs or flies has produced some very nice trout. I personally have been very successful on fly using a black and purple gurgler at first light for the trout. Most of the trout have been found hanging in about two and a half feet of water in close proximity to deeper water around 4 feet or so. If you pole or use a trolling motor and move slowly you can do pretty well. The redfish bite has also been good when you can find them. Since the sight fishing is about impossible we have had to rely on either seeing wakes or tailing fish. I have been fishing a lot of weightless shrimp flies for the reds. Also I’m sure if you’re a spin fisherman your favorite soft plastics will work well. Try and pick dark colored bait or fly as it will silhouette well in the brown water giving the fish the best opportunity to see it. Your best bet is to fish water with high probability. Mornings after a cold night you will want to fish a west shoreline that gets sun early and starts to warm the water. Also fish and structure your can find. With the lack of sea grass in the river most of the bait will be hanging by some sort of structure whether that is docks, mangroves, rocks, or anything that can provide the bait with some sort of protection. In the southern end of the Indian River the Snook bite has also been pretty decent. For Snook we have been fishing mangrove shorelines and docks that have a little deeper water around 3-5 ft using black and purple bait fish patterns. Try and see and area where you think a Snook might be waiting to ambush bait and bring your fly/lure across that area slowly. If you have any questions about what is going on fishing wise please give the shop a call.