The last half of September proved to be fairly wet, with plenty of rainfall in the Crystal River area. While not necessarily out of the norm for that time of year, it was more than we’d like. Now, we start October, and the days are overcast but the rain chances dwindle quite a bit. Which is perfect timing for our Fall fishing activities which include grouper, snook, redfish, and plenty others.
Crystal River Fishing October 2021
As we get close to the end of the first week of October, we look at current fishing opportunities and those soon to follow suit. Among these is one of the most unique fishing opportunities in Florida, shallow water grouper fishing.
While available all year, thanks to a near-perfect climate and scattered rock formations along the bottom, Gag Grouper that patrol this part of the inshore fishery becomes the main focus for Fall.
Between the months of October and December grouper fishing in Crystal River is known to be at its peak. In depths between 8 and 25 feet of water, this aggressive heavy hitter of the shallows will happily attack both artificial lures and live bait. While frozen baits can work, this is considered the least favorite when targeting the species. Though, that can be your only option when all others fail.
At the same time, inside the estuary inshore system, redfish become an October favorite as well. Resident species have fattened up after engorging themselves all summer, and larger breeding females make their presence known from time to time while feeding themselves for the spawn. This combination makes for some of the best quality redfish fishing of the year. It is also possible to target a redfish while shallow water grouper fishing.
Snook stays on our radar as the full onset of colder weather is still a ways away. This is one of the most popular species we target all year and Fall is no exception. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most common species we catch during the season, especially early on.
As always, Crystal River continues to provide ample fishing opportunities for those who love the Florida inshore fishing scene. But, even for those looking to experience Florida fishing for the first time, between shallow-water grouper and world-renowned inshore favorites – you can hardly go wrong on a trip in Crystal River.