Today’s weather forecast produces near perfect fishing factors, however you’ll have to wait until Friday for winds to finally drop under ten miles per hour---fifteen to twenty mile per hour winds prevail Monday through Thursday. Tuesday’s strong west winds will produce rain by the midday hours, followed by a cold front which will drop temperatures about ten degrees by Wednesday morning.
With the new moon occurring yesterday, today’s fishing activity should be very good. Plus today being the ‘pre-front day’, will create even greater numbers of fish feeding during the sunrise, midday and sunset feeding periods.
Water temperatures have declines into the mid to lower sixty degree range so downsizing baits and slowing retrieve speeds is essential for producing more bites. Several pauses, slow variable speeds of thick body short artificial baits has been producing very well. Also creature baits moving slowly across the lake bottom among the plant root-bases, has been very productive.
The shallows is where the action is at while we’re under the current spring-like weather pattern. Bass have returned to the spawning mode and the arrival of the next cold front on Tuesday will extend that reproduction effort for another week or so. Shad have also returned in large numbers into the shallows so mimicking that baitfish with artificial baits is always the correct choice this time of year.
Best Fishing Days: Today is the best fishing day of the next five days. And I expect of the three new moon produced feeding periods today, the sunset period should produce the best feeding action due to the abnormal pressure changes—a sudden jump in pressure followed a sharp decline in pressure when normally the pressure would continue to climb. Combine this with the setting of the sun and fish will instinctively feed as they adjust downward.
The Major Fishing Period: With solar noon occurring at 1:33 p.m. today and the new moon being overhead at 2:36 p.m. a feed-intensity rating of 6-7 will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Today’s start time occurs during the morning pressure spike period, and ends after the early afternoon pressure decline. I expect this period to move later daily by one hour.
The Minor Fishing Period: There are two periods today; the morning period during the sunrise and moonrise---7:32 a.m. and 8:24 a.m. respectively, and evening period during the sunset and moonset---7:36 p.m. and 8:51 p.m. respectively. Therefore during the hours of 6-9 fish will be feeding, with ratings in the 4-5 range. If the wind forecast is correct Monday through Thursday, you should be able to get some fishing in before the high winds pick up in the mornings.
Prime Monthly Periods: March 18-20 new moon, 28-April 3 full moon, 13-18 new moon, 27-May2 full moon.
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Istokpoga.info News: The lake level is at 39.10 feet above sea level, which is the max-level in the 15 inch management-threshold range for the beginning of the spring season. Currently the maximum and minimum levels are 39.50 and 38.25 feet above sea level, respectively. One of four S68 gates is open six inches and flowing 100 cubic feet per second.
Istokpoga.info website has links to the South Florida Water Mgmt. (SFWMD) real time S68 and S68X spillway gates status webpage, and water level and flow status data of all water way structures from Kissimmee to Clewiston are listed.
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