Jillian with a sunshine bass to go along with the 100 speckled perch we caught!

New year equals new reports! This week I changed things up with the breezy weather and tried my luck at some inshore freshwater fishing and I’m sure glad I did! This time of the year for years and years the freshwater fishing typically is fantastic and this year has been nothing short of just that. Using light tackle rods with 4,6,8lb line makes catching a variety of species from speckled perch, sunshine bass, bluegill, largemouth bass and more a real blast.

My favorite way to target these species is around areas with heavier current, fishing up tight to the bushes and bouncing small grubs, look for areas with lots of dead trees where the backside of the current creates small eddys. These areas will hold large numbers like this week where 100 fish days were common. Tt’s simple fishing and great for the kids!

Another great tactic is fishing as tight to the trees, bridges, or areas where the water drops off with minnows on a bobber, I like a small split shot and about a 4 foot gap between the hook and bobber according to the water depth. As far as grubs, road runner, and even Walmart has some great options to choose from. It’s very simple, small curly tail jigs in almost any color will get the Job done!

If you haven’t ever fished freshwater in our region I highly suggest you give it a shot now more than ever!