Native Sons Fishing Guides, Central Florida & Indian River Lagoon Fishing Charters

Winter Fishing Update

Fishing the Indian River Lagoon system during the winter months can be simply spectacular. In addition to our redfish and trout, we’ll welcome schools of huge black drum to the flats (see photos below). These monsters can weigh up to sixty pounds while forming tightly packed schools as they maraud the shallows foraging for food while spawning during the winter months. Black drum are usually sight-fished in the crystal clear cooler waters of the river. Our large ‘gator’ trout also spawn during the winter months and can be found in the shallowest, bright sandy sections of the flats in groups of two to six fish. These pods of trout are typically comprised of a larger female accompanied by several smaller males and range in size from 19 to 30 inches. They are super abundant during the winter too. The only downside to winter fishing is dodging the arrival of cold front and we’ll get five good fishing days along with two weather-issue days during a typical winter week.

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