The fishing forecast for central Florida's freshwater anglers includes a perfect weather forecast and a moon waxing toward the full phase by Friday of this week.
With the constant northern wind prevailing for much of this week, fish will be migrating in a constant feeding pattern. The barometric pressure should also remain stable for the first part of this week as well, which will likewise keep fish in the same feeding migration pattern.
The major feeding migration of the day will therefore occur from 7-11 a.m. with a peak period from 8-10 a.m. for the next two days and from 9-11 a.m. during the midweek.
The one-in-ten feed rating scale should reach eight today and diminish slightly each day by about a half number. By midweek the rating should drop to between six and seven.
The minor feeding migration of the day occurs from 6-9 p.m. and will have a peak period occurring right after the sunset which will last for about 40 minutes and reach a rating of five to six.
Fishing Facts: The single biggest factor that makes Florida fall season fishing so good is the drop in water temperature from the middle 80s to the middle 70s.
Dissolved oxygen rates increase as the temperature drops due to cooler water holding more oxygen than water in the mid 80-degree range.
Fish will digest foods faster and therefore need to feed more often. Also the amount of food needed increases daily.
The fall season is a time where bass bulk-up in preparation for the spawning season which will start once water temperatures drop into the 60-degree range.
Fishing Fiction: Bass spawn where they did the year before, much like Salmon do; returning each year to the exact spawning areas and locations of the river. This is not true. Bass will spawn each year where the ideal areas are in the lake or river.
A hard bottom area, out of the seasonal winds from the north is typical, in depths from seven feet to three feet. Look for bedding areas to be on the west and northwest sides of the lake.
This is the time of year when jigs start to work real well.
The bass will start becoming territorial sensing the urge to spawn as temperatures drop through the seventies. Jigs will become more productive due to bass believing they are crawdads which eat the bass eggs. For this reason bass will eat to kill and not so much for food requirements but for defense reasons.
Lake Istokpoga's level is at 39.40 feet above sea level
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Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and conservationist since 2006 in Highlands County. Website: HighlandsBassAngler.com and BassFishingForecast.com Phone: 863-381-8474. Email: email@example.com.