Florida Fish Busters’ Bulletin April 2013
April brings great fishing before the May flowers
By Bob Wattendorf
April showers bring May flowers, but in Florida there is already anabundance of blooms and a great bonanza of freshwater fishing opportunities thatbegan earlier this spring. All across the state, anglers have reported great catches of a wide variety of freshwater fish. Innumberable anglers enjoy targeting sunfishesthat move into the shallows to spawn this time of year.Typically, black crappie (specks),redbreast sunfish and largemouth bass (thelargest sunfish) begin spawning whenwater temperatures get over about 62 F.Crappie will stop spawning before bass,which continue to work the beds until itwarms up to about 75 degrees. They arefollowed by redear sunfish (70-80 F) andbluegill (75-85 F). There is quite a bit of research and angler lore that say the fishkey their peak activity to a few days before and after the full and new moons duringspring. April is a favorite time of year for freshwater anglers, not only because fishcongregating in the shallows provides great catch rates with lots of quality-size fish,
Louie Echols with a huge bluegill that not onlyqualified for a Big Catch certificate but helped himto become Florida’s youngest elite angler(documenting Big Catch submissions from tendifferent species). Photo by Dan Echols.