Monday, October 18, 2021

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for January

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One of the most popular times to go fishing in the 10,000 Islands area is during January. With winter in full swing, you will find a wide variety of fish, and the weather is comfortable. 

January is often considered one of the cooler months of the year, however, this doesn’t mean you will have a miserable fishing trip. The temperatures can get into the mid-seventies and the warm sun and the cool water are mild and comfortable for the fish as well as the angler. 

Speckled sea trout is plentiful this time of year and can be found in the flats. Since speckled sea trout is so popular during this time of year, it’s often the prime target for anglers. Please check the FWC website for the new regulations that will be taking place in 2020 for the State of Florida. 

At this time, each angler can keep 4 of these fish as long as they fall between the length of fifteen and twenty inches. Only one of those 4 fish can be over the twenty-inch mark. 

Remember, these rules will change in 2020, so it is recommended that you review all current regulations by visiting

Alongside the trout, you can also find bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and pompanos. To reel in these fish, DOA jerk baits and shrimp are a good choice.

Sheepshead and redfish are also out in numbers during January. You can usually find these fish swimming around the oyster bars instead of the flats. To catch these fish, go for more of a natural bait like shrimp and fiddler crabs. Sandflies may also work. 

For more active fish, check-in on the incoming tide. It offers the angler more of a challenge and can prove to be far more entertaining. 

Snook during January is catch and release and offers you the same experience and thrill of Winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Snook can typically be found around the mangrove shorelines in the backwaters and small creeks.

However, they can also be spotted around the oyster bars if that is the area you choose to visit. To catch snook, you can use a wide variety of bait, including natural bait and jigs. 

Remember, you can’t take snook with you, so take a picture and let them go! 

Winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands allows for a more comfortable fishing trip in more moderate weather. It also gives you the chance to catch a variety of different fish in different areas while being able to spend the majority of your day in the great outdoors. 

Don’t let the winds scare you away from the inland waters. There are plenty of places to hide and fish to be caught. Just make sure you pay close attention to the tides and wind direction to try and prevent getting stranded in certain areas with not enough water to get back to the dock. 

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, FL. We can be reached at or shoot us an email at or 239-571-1756.

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