Saturday, November 27, 2021

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for January

Follow the Fish

Photos by Brandon Acosta


Believe it or not, January is one of the more popular months of the year for fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Winter fishery is in full swing, and you can find an incredible variety of fish ready to be caught. The weather is cooler and more comfortable than the rest of the year as wellwhich can make one’s fishing experience even better. 

In January, it is colder than usual in Florida. The temperatures can get into the mid-seventies, and the warm sun on the cooler water is great for anglers and fish alike. 

When fishing during this month, you will find speckled sea trout on the flats. You can keep up to three of this type of fish per person as long as they are within 15 and 19 inches in length. However, these rules can change, so always check the current regulations at this website: 

You may also come across bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, Spanish mackerel, and pompanos. For those, you may want to try DOA jerk baits or live shrimp. You will also find that bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp are equally as productive for attracting a variety of fish in the area. 

You will likely find sheepshead and redfish swimming around the oyster bars in addition to possible speckled sea trout, and other kinds of fish we have mentioned. They prefer more natural bait, so shrimp and fiddler crabs are ideal choices. Keep in mind that they will be more active as the tide comes in, so if you are after them, plan your trip around the tide.  

Snook can be caught in January as well; however, they are catch and release. So, while you can’t keep one, you will still have fun experiencing the thrill of catching this active fish. These fish will school on the warmest pockets of water.  

If you want to learn more about fishing in the 10,000 Islands, you can hire a professional guide to gain more knowledge regarding the right bait and tackle to use. They can also point you in the right direction when it comes to the best local fishing spots. 

Planning your fishing trip in January will allow you to make the most of the mild weather and experience the excitement of catching active fish species. Happy fishing! 

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 shallowWe can be reached at 239-571-1756 or 



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