Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Report

Great Conditions for Fishing!

Over the last week we have had mostly sunny weather with daytime highs right around 80 and light winds. This weather has really done a lot for the fishing around the Bay. I have been out every day either with clients or family. The fishing action has been very good and there are lots of options for the angler at this time.

With the recent run of great weather, water temperatures are on the rise. Over the last few days the amount of bait returning to the the flats has been steadily increasing. Yesterday we were finding lots of water on the flats and in the back country pushing into the 70's.

Lots of options

Right now fishermen have lots of choice when planning a trip. The flats are coming to life quickly. Over the last week, Spotted Trout have been the most reliable species to target. I have been drifting the flats and back bays and putting together steady action for my clients. Both Clouser minnows and Shrimp style flies have been bending the rod. With light tackle gulp baits and paddle tail baitfish have been getting it done. There have been some good sized Trout around and this week we have had a lot of 20" range fish. If you work the grass in 2' to 4' of water running the numbers up should be easy. At low tide the deeper water along the flats and the passes have been producing some fast action. Recently while trout fishing Flounder have been showing up on my clients lines pretty often. While I don't target them specifically, we have been getting a few each day.