Skip to main content Skip to main content

Big Bend Forecast

Big Bend Forecast
Big Bend Forecast

Homosassa to Steinhatchee

Capt. William Toney gives the fishing forecast for Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach.

January 28 - 30


It's looking like if you want to catch some fish, best hit the spring fed rivers. It took long enough but the Big Bend is experiencing some real winter weather. Live shrimp is the best bait for bottom fishing for black drum, redfish or sheepshead. With the cold Gulf waters, call ahead at your local bait house for live shrimp. Shrimp will bury up and shrimpers catch could be down so plan ahead to get them.

Using artificial baits can get you into some fast action with snook, jacks and ladyfish at the head waters of the rivers. Further west towards the Gulf I've had some excellent trout action using MirrOlure LiL' Johns and MirrOlure MirrOdines working the baits very slowly near the bottom of deep holes or channel ledges. I like the outgoing tide while fishing the rivers because it pulls the warm spring fed waters though the channels, creating warm spots for fish to gather.

For some dry land action, small game season is open in some of our recreational hunting areas (WMA). Squirrels, wild hogs and  others can be hunted with rim fire rifles and shotguns through the end of February. Always go to to find open area and regulations regarding each WMA. A cold day in the woods is always warmer then a cold day on a boat!

Incoming high tide will be in the morning this weekend if the wind allows it.

Capt. William Toney
(352) 422-4141

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now