Snook season opens on Monday and there’s good reason to expect a great season — the best we’ve had in a while! There have been so many snook around these past few months, which is encouraging, and the numbers should only increase.
Along the Treasure Coast, there are some snook, along with tarpon, on the beaches and at the St. Lucie Inlet. However, the best place to snag a snook right now is the bridges on the Indian River. Tarpon, however, are thick on the beaches, especially early in the morning.
The east side of the river has also been good for big snook and some trout.
Snook are being caught along Jupiter’s beaches and the Jupiter Inlet, as well as in the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River. The river has actually been better than the Intracoastal and is also producing a good numbers of jacks and redfish.
The beach and inshore bite has been slow this week along central and southern Palm Beach County this week, but there are a few snook being caught in the surf and in the inlets, and you can always find them around the bridges in the Intracoastal.
There have been a lot of bait fish around the Boynton Inlet, which has attracted decent numbers of mangrove snapper and jacks. A few tarpon have been spotted rolling through the area as well.
If you want to catch bass on Lake Okeechobee right now, make sure you leave the dock well before sunrise. Ideally, you’ll have lines in the water before you even begin to see the sun. Once it’s up, you have two hours — max — of action.
It has been a little windy this week, making it a little more difficult to fish back in the grass, but nice bass are still being caught out in open water and along the edges.
Artificial lures are still working better than live shiners, but you really can’t go wrong either way.