Quick Cast:
 Area Reports

 Clubs & Orgs.
 Fishing Reports
 Fly Fishing
 Guides & Charters
 Photo Gallery
 Reef Locator

 About Us
 Terms of Use
 Web Development

Fort Myers Estero Bay Trout Bite Heats Up As The Water Warms

Capt. Eric Anderson
February 4, 2014
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

After several days of rainy weather in the Fort Myers and Naples area, it was nice to get out on Estero Bay with some decent weather. The first thing I always do is check the surface temperatures, at this time of the year water temperatures are critical to what presentation may be the most effective. Flow from the incoming tide near Big Carlos pass showed surface temperatures of 59 to 61, while the back of most of the residential canals surface temps ranged from 64 to 67.

The water in Estero Bay is still pretty cloudy from the extreme tides we have been experiencing. The negative tides really turn over the water in nearly the entire bay, but the visibility was acceptable. Remember that slightly off-color water warms up faster, so don't avoid it in the afternoon. Always keep that in mind when your out fishing this time of the year

The fishing on Saturday was pretty good considering we were coming off two days of 55-60 rain which had lowered the surface temperatures everywhere. We found lots of active Sheepshead every place we stopped.

As you've read before there are Sheepshead on nearly every dock piling and rip-rap shore line. During the spawn they tend to school by size just like so many other fish do. So before you start fishing, spend a few minutes quietly watching to see what size the Sheepshead are. One dock will have medium to small fish and another dock 100 yards away will have much larger fish. The Sheepshead were hitting on the usual baits, I prefer using fish-bite strips in shrimp over the real thing if I can get them to bite on it. We were using a small float with the hook suspended about halfway down or about 3 feet below the surface. It's much easier to get them to bite when that bait is hanging right in front of them.

Took my clients from the canals to the flats for some trout fishing in the late afternoon since the water had a warmed up quite a bit. We found some decent trout up to about 18 inches in 2 feet water or less, and they were super spooky, the slightest noise sent them running. They were readily hitting a popping cork with a gulp shrimp, and soft plastic twitch baits fished nice and slow. Even though trout are tolerant of cooler water temperatures, you still need to keep your retrieve slow especially for the larger trout. The best advice I can pass along for this report is to check water temperatures in a few areas and look for that 1 or 2 warmer water. It can make all the difference between a having marginal day and a day to remember.

Capt. Eric Anderson

Fort Myers Fishing Forecast:

Look for the fishing for every species to really take off on this week,(feb 3rd thru the 7th) as we get near record temps and a decent SE wind. I will be bass guiding the next couple of days and will report on what the LMB are up to.

Target Species:

Trout and Sheepshead

More Fishing Reports:


We specialize in offering light tackle and fly fishing charters on the flats and in the back bays of Ft Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Just south of Fort Myers is Estero Bay which has an extensive network of lagoons, mangrove islands, tidal creeks and rivers. Fish with one of the Fort Myers Areas most experienced light tackle and fly fishing guides for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout and more. Be sure to ask us about night fishing, it is great for big Snook.

Contact Info:

What A Hawg Fishing Charters
13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Phone: 239-330-2427
Email the Captain
Visit his Web Site
Display Find-a-Guide Listing

Copyright © 1997-2018, CyberAngler - All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy :: Terms of Use
For Questions and comments please use our Feedback Form
Back to the Top