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Published Oct. 16, 2005

These are fishing reports as of Thursday for various checkpoints alongthe Suncoast:

1. Lake Rousseau: Bass up to 12 pounds and crappie weighing up to 2 pounds are being caught on natural baits.

2. Crystal River: No report available.

3. Hernando Lake: Bass are striking on live shiners; crappie are striking on live minnows.

4. Inverness: Catfish are getting all the attention.

5. Floral City: Bass fishing is improving.

6. Lake Panasoffkee: Fish on the north end and the middle of the lake for bass. Use live shiners and plastic worms for bait.

7. Anclote Power Plant: Look for trout feeding over grasslines in 4 to 6 feet of water.

8. Clearwater-Dunedin: If the mackerel leave the pier, try for trout and silvers at night. Flounder are feeding around the artificial reefs at the pier.

9. Redington Long Pier: Look for flounder and sheepshead during the day; a few good trout at night.

10. Lake Seminole: Bass are active. Search the cattails with live shiners.

11. Courtney Campbell Parkway: Sheepshead are active around the bridges; trout are working along the grasslines out of the wind.

12. Gandy Bridge: Morning angling is best. Fish the bridge area for reds; Weeden Island for trout, silvers and reds.

13. Snell Isle-Shore Acres: Try around the docks at night for trout. Redfish and trout are active at Riveria Bay, Coffee Pot Bayou and Smack's Bayou.

14. Pinellas Point to The Pier: Gray snapper and sheepshead are being caught at the downtown pier. Fish Pinellas Point and Coquina Key for trout and reds.

15. John's Pass: Find quiet backwaters and look for redfish and trout.

16. Fort DeSoto Park-Tierra Verde: Fish the backwaters in both areas for trout and redfish.

17. Lower Tampa Bay: Sheepshead, gray snapper, seabass and some grouper are working along the edge of the main ship channel.

18. Anna Maria Island: Pier anglers were getting mackerel.

Sheepshead may be a better choice for this weekend.

19. Sarasota: Bluefish and whiting are being caught off the Tony Satrito Pier. Try the canals for redfish and the bay for silver trout.


The water is clear in 40 to 45 feet of water. Grouper, seabass, porgy and triggerfish are feeding. Watch for small craft warnings.

Hot spots

Downtown St. Petersburg pier for sheepshead and gray snapper; Gandy Bridge for redfish; the area from Smack's Bayou to Pinellas Point for reds and trout. Bass anglers should try Lake Rousseau this weekend.