Thursday, October 21, 2021

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for September


Photos by Brandon Acosta

The month of September is very warm and rainy in the 10,000 Islands area. Temperatures during the day can hover around the 92-degree mark with water temperatures being in the high 80s. The average monthly rainfall in this region for September is around nine inches.

With the warmer weather, the fish bites will normally go away toward the earlier afternoon hours. This is when the storms also begin to roll through most days as well, which also helps cool things down a bit. Early evening fish is always a great possibility during the month of September.

You can find snook on the outside barrier islands during this time of the year. Make sure to fish the moving tides and use live or natural bait including thread herring and pilchards to catch snook. Open season for snook opens on September 1st and closes on December 1st, so make sure to get your saltwater license as well as your snook stamp.

During open season, if you have the license and stamp, you can possess one snook that falls between 28-inches and 33-inches.

If it is speckled sea trout you want, then you should fish the grass flats in water depths of only three to five feet. Artificial soft jerk bait works well for these fish as well as live shrimp under a popping cork. Always look into Florida regulations regarding trout during this time of year. Usually, you can only keep four trout that are between the sizes of 15 and 20 inches, and you must possess a valid angler license.

Redfish can also be found in September on the incoming tide of the outside barrier islands as well as around the oyster bars. Artificial bait like Gold Spoon and Berkley Gulp Shrimp are the best. If you prefer to use natural bait, then you should choose live shrimp, thread herring, or even pilchards under a popping cork.

Tarpon can also be found; however, they aren’t as plentiful as the other fish we have already mentioned. They are found mainly in the outside bays and flats earlier in the morning before the weather gets too warm. You can also find them in the late afternoon after things have cooled off a bit.

Tarpon is considered a sports fish, which means that they should be released. To catch them, we suggest ladyfish, thread herring, and pilchards.

As you can see, there is some great fishing opportunities you can be taking advantage of in the 10,000 islands area during the month of September. So, don’t hesitate to play your early morning or evening fishing trip.

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 or shoot us an email at or 239-571-1756.

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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