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Weeki Wachee fishing tips

Hello Everyone,

My wife and I are taking a trip to Weeki Wachee in May to relax and do some fishing and kayak exploring. Any tips on what lures, bait, line, hooks, etc. to use?

We fish where we live in Georgia but i doubt i can use the same tactics i use here with our dirty water. we use a lot of buzz baits and top water lures to catch large mouth, spotted bass and shoal bass. does top water fishing work in the weeki wachee or mud river?
We really enjoy topwater fishing, because what angler doesnt love topwater fishing?

I have gone through so much information about the fish that will be in season that time of year along with every little thread i can find on multiple forums and no one really goes into any detail about fishing. i am guilty of this myself because most fishermen dont give secrets about their spots.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • VikingViking Posts: 153 Deckhand
    edited February 2019 #2
    Great fishing in the Weeki Wachee area.  Sounds like you will be in kayaks but if you do use a boat with a motor go slow until you learn the area, there are lots of limestone rocks that will mess up your prop if not careful.  You can catch just about anything out there with a 1/8 oz jig with either a Pearl or Space Guppy pattern 3" ZMan paddle tail.  Other baits include Mirodines with either black or green backs.  Live shrimp will also produce well.  In May most of the schools will be out so the Weeki Wachee run will be very crowded.  Try and go during the week and definitely avoid the weekend.  At Bayport Boat Ramp you can launch your kayaks and fish inshore or Gulf waters, this area should be less crowded than the Weeki Wachee area.  This video will give you some additional information on fishing and other things to do in the area:

    Forgot to mention top water will work well just need to do it when the sun is low either early in the morning or late afternoon.  Zara Spooks work well in salt water.  I have had success with all colors.  Just practice the technique called "Walking the Dog."

    Hope you have a great trip!
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,711 Captain
    The water in the Weeki Watchee area is super clear so you'll have to make long casts before the fish see you.  I fish the Rainbow River and it's the same thing, if they see you they don't bite.
  • SnookSlob1SnookSlob1 Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    Depending where you will be, Bass are really easy to get in the river with just a wacky rigged senko, also paddle out to the mouth of the river and there are lots of little openings  to get snook and reds
  • SlickWillieSlickWillie Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    thank you all so much for the information. should i use light line along with long casts to avoid being detected or should i run it heavy just in case?
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,704 AG
    Light line is always best, you can always go heavier if you're being broken off consistently.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • SlickWillieSlickWillie Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    nice. i will for sure do that. thank you all again and have a great day.
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