Are you a freshwater fisherman that loves the outdoors? If you also enjoy a fresh catch to cook up, crappie or speck fishing might be the perfect activity for you. North Florida crappie fishing is a great way to experience the beautiful fisheries of Florida. During select times of the year, you can have a blast catching numbers of crappie with a variety of different methods.
December is a fantastic time of year to go fishing in Florida. Cooler weather and beautiful mornings make for a great day on the water. You never know what you will see when exploring out on one of the many fisheries up North.
Best North Florida Crappie Fishing Destinations:
The two best fisheries for crappie fishing in Florida are the Rodman Reservoir and Lake Santa Fe. If you are looking to strictly go crappie fishing, Lake Santa Fe is your best bet. When looking to experience one of the most unique fisheries in Florida for both crappie and largemouth bass, the Rodman Reservoir is your best bet.
Lake Santa Fe is quite unique. As you arrive at the meeting location, step out under a canopy of trees inside this small park. You will meander through a canal toward the entrance to the lake. Once you enter Lake Santa Fe, the open water consumes you. Left and right, you can witness big beautiful homes that make for a perfect touch.
Now, the Rodman Reservoir is by far one of my favorite fisheries to explore. There is just something about it. It is one destination that will explode your sensory receptors. This overwhelming rush makes the Rodman Reservoir an irresistible fishing experience for 2019 and 2020. Whether it is for crappie or trophy largemouth bass, plan on an adventure that you will never forget.
It is truly hard to put words to what it is like to explore the Rodman Reservoir. During this select period of time, the reservoir is in a drawdown phase. Rodman Reservoir drawdown fishing is just simply remarkable.
When you arrive at the boat ramp, feast your eyes on a gorgeous sunrise. Low light makes for an ambiance like no other. Once you step aboard, sit back and enjoy what you are about to experience.
Rodman Reservoir Crappie Fishing with Captain Ken Walker
Fishing with Dad
“One of the best parts about the Rodman Reservoir is that you can catch an abundance of different species in one fishing trip. I love being a guide because every cast, you just don’t know what the angler aboard is going to set the hook into.
During this first fishing trip, I had the pleasure of fishing with my dad. We were scouting new waters on the Rodman Reservoir and found some great fish. The sunrise was breathtaking, making this a wonderful time with my dad.
On this fishing trip, we caught 14 largemouth bass weighing up to 6 pounds. As well, we found several schools of crappie landing a big one weighing in at 1 pound 13 ounces. Also, the action did not stop there. I caught a 4.5-foot alligator gar that added some excitement.
I love fishing with my Dad and I am looking forward to our next adventure. Always searching for his next trophy largemouth bass” – Capt Ken Walker
Fishing with Chuck Decker
“All of a sudden, the Reservoir went off. I had an awesome day of fishing with Chuck Decker. Chuck is a local native that loves to get out on the water with me on occasion. Crappie fishing was on his mind and they sure showed up for us today.
It is always nice to spend a day on the water with someone that you can fish with. Chuck and I caught over 50 crappies on this fishing trip. The best part was that 15 of them were over 2 pounds. The top two fish weighed in at 2 pounds 14 ounces and 2 pounds 9 ounces.
Catching crappie in Florida is not easy. You have to locate the structure and pods of bait in order to find the fish. The best methods to catch crappie or speck on this fishing trip were jigs and minnows. Both can really draw up some great fish.
Chuck really enjoyed this fishing trip. I am looking forward to our next adventure on the water!” – Captain Ken Walker
Lake Santa Fe Crappie Fishing with Captain David Lang
Another beautiful location to explore Crappie fishing is Lake Santa Fe. This fishery is located in Melrose, FL and is quite remote. Its remoteness makes for a very interesting fishing experience. During this time of year, you can catch both crappie and largemouth bass. Crappie fishing gets really strong throughout the winter months.
“Crappie fishing is something that I have recently started to focus more attention too. There is something about setting out 12 rods loaded with minnows waiting to see what is going to happen. Utilizing technology you can almost anticipate the strike.
BAM! Just like that, one of my Mr. Crappie rods was down. Shortly after that, another one went down too.
I had the pleasure of fishing with Capt Joe, who is on our team here at Bass Online. While he was traveling from South Florida, he wanted to get out crappie fishing after a bass fishing trip on the Rodman Reservoir.
As a result, Capt Joe and Capt Ken both came out to explore what Lake Santa Fe had to offer. We were able to experience almost every corner of Lake Santa Fe.
The use of my spider rigs and Humminbird gave allowed us to cover water quickly. All trip long we steadily caught crappie. After catching over 15 crappies in a short period of time and only keeping about 7, we called it a day.
Unfortunately, Capt Joe was getting in the car and heading home so he could not harvest the fish. We donated the fish to local fishing at the boat ramp dock with their kids. Everyone enjoys some specks and crappie for a nice meal!
It was a lot of fun fishing with Captain Joe and Ken! Looking forward to getting back out on the water soon!” – Captain David Lang
Whether it is for crappie or Florida largemouth bass, North Florida is the place to visit. It is a true freshwater fishing paradise for all your needs. Each adventure and fishing trip you embark on will leave a lasting imprint.
Our local experts work hard at showing you a fantastic time on the water. Take advantage of their time and ask them questions on how to become a better angler and what techniques you can apply back home. Years of experience can help you dial in tactics to help you have success wherever you enjoy fish.
We hope to have the opportunity to fish with you on your next North Florida vacation. See you on the water next time while Rodman Reservoir Fishing or on Lake Santa Fe!
North Florida is an excellent location and destination to travel. If you are looking to adventure in old Florida, there is nothing like the St. Johns River region. Florida Fishing in this beautiful area is also abundant. Generally the bass fishing is phenomenal but this season it shut off. North Florida Panfish Fishing has picked up and you can catch some of the tastiest treats.
a href=”/tag/capt-steve-niemoeller/”>Captain Steve Nieomeller is a professional and is highly knowledgeable of this incredible waterway. Pete and Will were traveling to Florida and wanted to get out on the water. Pete was traveling from Texas to meet up with his friend Will. Will just moved to the Villages and wanted to land some Crappie and Copperhead breams. The St. Johns River. was the best place to get the job done.
South Moon Fish Camp was our meeting location in the quiet town of Astor, Florida. If you are looking for Old Florida with a New Vibe, visiting West Volusia would be an excellent option. Pete and Will have fished this area in years past but haven’t had much luck.
Sometimes the best thing to do to experience an area more in-depth is to hire a local expert. Captain Steve was one of the best and knows these waters very well. Unfortunately, weather and conditions can always play an integral factor. On this fishing charter, the wind was blowing. Luckily there are many places that you can hide and get out of the wind.
All pan fish love to live under the mats, especially crappie or speck. Copperhead bream also have the same effect. It is awesome to be able to catch multiple species like this in one trip. Pete and Will were having an amazing time catching them up.
The method of fishing is like ice fishing. You have to make a hole in the Hiason Mat and jig or drop your bait through it. Allowing it to either sit or work up and down, will promote the best bite. Pete and Will caught several quality crappie and bream. You cannot beat putting over 15 in the boat. It was a highly productive day on the water.
Captain Steve is looking forward to fishing with Pete and Will again in the future. They will be back for more of this incredible fishing action on the St Johns River. We will let them know when the bite is even better. Our goal is to always let the customer have the best time possible.
For all your Florida fishing needs, whether fresh or salt water, contact us here at Bass Online and we will get you hooked up for on an adventure of a lifetime!
If you enjoyed this post with Captain Steve Niemoeller about North Florida Panfish Fishing, you might also enjoy this fishing report from the same area.
Captain Steve Niemoeller is a full-time Professional fishing guide and Licensed Master Captain. Primarily servicing the fresh water lakes of the St Johns River, Lake George, and Lake Monroe. He also guides on Harris Chain and Lake Toho. He also has great success on Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon in saltwater catching Redfish and other species. Learn more at Central Florida Fishing
One of the many benefits of Florida Fishing is the ability to fish its variety of species. Crappie Speck Fishing is not only an awesome experience but also a very tasty one. Come see what you can hook into here in North Florida next time visiting.
I had the pleasure of fishing with John, a friend, and a repeat of mine. We went out exploring the St Johns River in North Florida. It hasn’t been the same especially with all the cold fronts that have hit it this season.
We went after the crappie and speck with two distinct methods. One was with artificial baits and the other was with live minnows. The minnows were not producing the best bite. Jigging for the fish with artificial jigs was the most productive method.
John caught 12 crappie speck in his quick trip out on the water. The window to find them on beds is rapidly closing especially up here. We had a great day catching them up though and I am always looking forward to fishing with John again in the future.
Captain Steve Niemoeller is a full-time Professional fishing guide and Licensed Master Captain. Primarily servicing the freshwater lakes of the St Johns River, Lake George, and Lake Monroe. He also guides on Harris Chain and Lake Toho. He also has great success on Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon in saltwater catching Redfish and other species.
Lake Toho is a very versatile lake that can help promote excellent fishing. When traveling to Central Florida, experience Lake Toho Crappie Fishing in Kissimmee.
I had the pleasure of fishing with Patrick traveling from Lake Mary and his father Bishop from Houston, Texas. They wanted to come catch
Crappie or Speck this fall on Lake Toho. Specks are great eating and they love to catch them.
We had multiple days out on the water. Both days were filled with action and they had a blast catching them up. Florida Fishing is the perfect time to bond with your father or any family member.
Patrick and Bishop caught 18 crappie and 6 bass on their first day. On their second day, they caught 14 crappie and 1 bass. Minnows under a cork were the most successful method for these trips.
It is essential to focus on key structure when fishing for crappie. The bite was about 4 foot off the bottom.
Both trips were short but filled with action. We experience great weather and they are looking forward to the next time out with us. It surely was a great two days on the water.
For everyone else out there for all your fresh and saltwater fishing needs, contact Bass Online today and we will be glad to help!
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Orlando can offer many freshwater fishing adventures that are perfect for friends or family. A Multiple Species Fishing Trip is a must experience when traveling to the state of Florida.
I had the pleasure of fishing with Patrick Lingon and his father Bishop Hilliard. They wants to explore what Lake Toho Bass Fishing had to offer them.
We targeted two species on this trip, Speck or Crappie and Largemouth Bass. The speck are starting to get into the outside grass lines and under the pads. As the temperature continues to cool down, they will begin to group up in schools.
Florida Fishing has been incredible this time of year. Patrick and Bishop caught a good number of specks with ones up to 12 inches long. They also managed to catch over 25 quality largemouth bass.
It is that time of year where the bass are also starting to group up on the outer Hydrilla lines and some on the edges of the Kissimmee grass near the boat paths.
We had a great time out on the water and I am looking forward to fishing with Patrick and Bishop again in the future!
Please don’t hesitate to book your trip today; we are only one click away here at Bass Online. I look forward to fishing with you!
Lake Okeechobee has a variety of species of fish that you can catch. Most come for the sport fishing of the largemouth bass while others come to fill up a bucket. Crappie Fishing Harney Pond can make delicious table fare.
Today, I had the pleasure to fish with Matt and his daughter, Cayden.
Live bait is always successful when it comes to fishing for Crappie or Speck. Big Water Bait and Tackle supplied the minnows needed for the trip.
Crappy were not biting heavy in the morning. We moved around and found some spots.
The lake gave us a blessing this trip. We caught right around 40 fish with a couple really nice ones.
Matt had a goal to catch a really big one as he has in the past. We had a few that were pushing the double digit inch range.
Back where Matt is from, he has caught multiple crappies in the 14 to 18 inch range. We could not supply a Monster but we always have next time.
Matt and Cayden had an amazing Crappie Fishing Harney Pond trip. I look forward to their return back to the Big O!
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