Peacock Bass Fishing Spawn
Did you know that Florida has Peacock Bass? The exotic peacock bass is one of the most magical species to catch in South Florida. South Florida is the only destination that has these exotic species. When traveling to this destination, explore what an outdoor adventure can provide you. You will get the chance to explore the backwater and freshwater systems of urban Miami, FL and we are sure that it will amaze you.
As you traverse through the long-stretches of canals, enjoy not only the views but the abundance of nature present. Your main goal might be to catch a Florida peacock bass but you will always get so much more. Every fishing adventure and experience is unique and can be tailored to your needs. When our local experts give you call the evening before your trip, make sure to discuss any interests and needs.
If you are looking to maximize your time and get on some really beautiful and large fish, a local expert is essential. The number of years that they put in allow for a translation of knowledge to occur. When this happens, you get the chance to catch the biggest fish of your life. Our local experts work hard at accomplishing your goals. When you are blessed to spend most of your time on the water, you key in on all the tactics to put fish in the boat. The gentle words and instructions from your Florida peacock bass fishing guides will help provide you with a fishing adventure you surely won’t forget.
Introduction to the Florida Peacock Bass:
As many travelers and visitors know, South Florida is a destination to immerse themselves into a tropical environment. Beautiful warm weather all year round creates an ecosystem that supports a wide variety of species. As time went on, this ecosystem started to bolster and flourish with exotic species including Oscars, Midas Cichlids, and Spotted Tilapia. This resulted in rapid growth and overpopulation of exotic species in our freshwater systems here in South Florida.
In 1984, the exotic, aggressive, colorful Butterfly Peacock Bass was introduced to South Florida and as a result, something incredible happened. After 10 years of research and studies, Fish and Game decided to introduce two species of exotic peacock bass to Florida. The butterfly and speckled peacock bass were both introduced but only one thrived. The butterfly peacock bass was the one that came on top and is now provide awesome sportfishing opportunities for travelers and anglers.
Peacock Bass are extremely temperature-sensitive. When planning your trip to South Florida to catch a peacock bass, plan your trip from April – October when the weather and waters are warm. This species loves the warm environment that South Florida produces during these times. Please contact us or our local experts to get more information on this fishing during your vacation time.
What is the Best Time to Catch Spawning Peacock Bass?
The Florida peacock bass spawn happens multiple times a year. One of the main reasons for this is that South Florida provides warm water temperatures that trigger the spawn. The first spawns begin once the waters begin to warm up after our “winter” months. April and May are prime months to hit the spawn during the springtime. As the water temperatures begin to rise, get out during the full moon and look around for signs of spawning.
After the springtime spawn, you can also catch peacock bass spawning all throughout our summer months. It may not be as strong or in the numbers, the springtime spawn is but it continues to occur. Conditions are perfect for the spawn throughout these times. Focus on those full moons and you will be able to find some spawning pairs. Bass or fish, in general, are creatures of habit and will continue to go back to the same spots to spawn. Make sure to note these locations and revisit to help you catch more fish in the future!
The last big spawn for peacock bass is during the months of September- October. We are experiencing the spawn right now and some giant peacock bass have been caught. Our local experts know exactly where all the prime fishing spots are to land that big fish. After these months, weather and fishing conditions gradually change but that won’t stop the large peacock bass from being caught. Even though you can continually catch them shallow, they will most likely be done with spawning until the spring.
What should you look for when trying to locate spawning fish?
When you are out on the water looking for exotic spawning peacock bass, keep your eyes peeled for several things. Firstly, you want to focus in on shallow or even deep water structure. A deep structure like bridges may pose difficulties for spotting the fish but during their spawn, they do post up along bridges. Culverts, the canal turns and bends, tunnels, and flat shallow surfaces are all key structure peacock bass gravitate toward.
If you have never witnessed what a spawning bass bed looks like, let us describe it. When you are slowly cruising down the canal or freshwater system, you may see a white empty spot. It looks like a round circle. Bass tend to use their tail to clear away any debris in the spot in which they wish to spawn. When you come across a bed, you can’t miss it. Most of the time, you will spot the bed and shortly after you will find the male or female peacock guarding it.
Your first catch with any spawning fish you target will most likely be the male. After that, you will get the chance to target the larger female. Make sure that you quickly catch and release these spawning fish as you never want to harm their process. In order for you to come back and catch more next year, the spawn must be successful and fish must protect their fry and beds.
Another sign of peacock bass spawning near or on their bed is a school of orange fry. If you get the chance to see this that means that the bass have already spawned. A pair of peacock bass will be around to make sure the safety of their young is stable. Most of these fish won’t commit but if you aggravate them enough you can entice a bite.
What are the best locations to catch spawning peacock bass?
Peacock bass are located in South Florida and Southwest Florida. If you live in South Florida and you have a freshwater system nearby, it most likely holds peacock bass. Peacock bass are located strongly in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, along with Palm Beach County. The size of the fish will vary in each location and if you want the best chance at catching a trophy-sized fish, Miami-Dade County is the destination for you.
Miami, FL by far has the BEST peacock bass fishing in the United States. Two prime locations stand out from the rest: Falls Mall Canal System and Miami’s Airport Lakes. Both of these locations have a unique feel with one thing in common: Trophy Peacock Bass.
The Falls Mall Canal System is a truly unique fishery in that you are submersed in a remote but urban feel. You get the opportunity to soak in the scenery and fishing environment that will entice you to come back for more. Once you step aboard, your adventure begins. Enjoy the slow cruise through these residential canals to your first fishing spot. From your first cast to your last, always be ready for something incredible and the fight of your life.
Miami’s Airport Lakes is the best location for travelers that are staying relatively close to Miami’s International Airport. Within minutes of stepping off your plane, you can be aboard a freshwater fishing vessel with a local expert. They will take you through hidden canals and lakes that hold some incredible fishing for peacock bass. Enjoy this city urban feel while reeling in some beautiful and large peacock bass.
If you are not staying in Miami, you have multiple other options to catch peacock bass. Broward County offers fisheries that have productive fishing for peacock bass along with other exotic species including the snakehead. Markham Park is a prime location in Fort Lauderdale, FL that can get you on some nice fish. You may not catch a giant but you can have fun