We had a blast! Every single time I have lit the water on fire with incredible trout action the water was clean, was moving and had bait. Speckled trout seem to stay inside the estuary they were born and raised in. Anglers accustomed to catching a lot of fish in one spot are disappointed when they only catch a couple, if anything at all. Some marine biologists would even argue that there is nothing wrong with the speckled trout population. They also eat less. Let me explain why: These fish are cold-blooded and incapable of regulating their body temperature to the degree that me and you do. In the following sections I will go into this in detail. Fall fishing is some of the best fishing of the year! Texas has reduced its creel limit to 5 in some areas with a very tight length limit, and to 10 in other areas. It should come as no surprise that the most productive estuaries have freshwater on one end (with which aquatic grass thrives), full-strength saltwater on the other end and dozens of miles in between. The days become shorter and the water temperature begins cooling down. Speckled trout growth rates seem to vary depending on which organization you speak to. This is a surefire sign of specks that are eating up! Spotted Sea Trout. That’s why you always hear large speckled trout being referred to as “big girls” much like largemouth bass. Florida’s northwest Gulf Coast has a 5-fish daily limit with only fish measuring between 15 and 20 inches legal to harvest. As long as everyone is abiding by the law, it is virtually impossible to harm the speckled trout population in Louisiana with a rod and reel. This fact sheet reveals everything you need to know. And the belief is the main push will be a 20 percent reduction in the daily limit. But here a few things for sure: Fish are cold-blooded in a way. This is because they are launching as early as possible, no later than 5am, and catching their fish before 9-10am. The knowledge I learned to catch all those fish is what you will find in this ultimate fact sheet (or it will be linked here). The minimum length requirement is 12 inches. Published six times a year, each issue contains more than 50 authentic recipes, with tips from professional chefs and home cooks alike. This doesn’t mean the water was crystal clear like an aqua spring in Florida, but clean enough that the trout can see their prey and their gill plates aren’t bothered. Hi, my name is Devin! Jumping from spot to spot is key during the post-spawn for speckled trout. Nice to go over or recap knowledge factors each year. Pre-spawn takes place during March to April. Fishing for speckled trout during this time can be tough, seeing that trout are scattered and on the move. Can’t speak for guides, but I don’t really care what they think. Rarely do they shove off to far away waters though it has happened. In consequence, this affects how and where we fish. Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit of red drum on land. Deep diving crankbaits are almost never used for speckled trout, but they hit this one as soon as it entered the water. In 1981 the CCA battled and won gamefish status for redfish and speckled trout, … It’s my opinion that speckled trout, like most animals, are creatures of habit and know exactly where they are going to feed, rest and spawn. We had two events in 1983 and 1989 where temperatures were below freezing for at least 48 hours. On August 1, the length and bag limits will change for speckled trout (spotted seatrout) and southern flounder, while the length limit will increase for cobia, also known as ling or lemonfish. This is covered later in the course. Currently, in most parts of coastal Louisiana, anglers can legally catch, or “bag,” 25 speckled trout per day that are at least 12 inches in length. They are running in schools and eating as much as they can. re: LDWF Trying to Change Speckled Trout Size and Bag Limit - THIS WEEK, Ed Orgeron Comments On The Arik Gilbert Situation, Report: Five-Star Freshman TE Arik Gilbert Is Considering Transferring, LSU LB Commit Greg Penn Tweets About The Tigers Struggles This Season, LSU Playing In A Bowl Game? Size limits to tighten for speckled trout and flounder Posted Apr 02, 2019 Many of the trout in this photo would be too small to keep under new regulations likely to go into effect this summer. As discussed in the 2019 Assessment of Spotted Seatrout in Louisiana Waters, speckled trout age-1 recruit numbers have been consistent since … It’s not uncommon for anglers to chase redfish or other species during this season. You can send your comment to LDWF regarding the proposal to modify recreational speckled trout limits by emailing [email protected] by 11:59 … Before we get started, let me make a couple notes: The information here pertains to speckled trout in general, but with a slant on Louisiana's inshore fishing, since that is where the majority of my experience is. Without this perspective there is no point in continuing. It’s not much different for speckled trout. The creel limit for speckled trout in Louisiana is 25 per angler each day. To learn more about the habits of summertime speckled trout, it is recommended you watch this webinar. Glad for the recap. Fishermen with Louisiana licenses can transport the higher limit across Mississippi waters but they must not stop and fish once crossing the line. Changes in the Louisiana spotted sea trout limit Submitted by Edgar on Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:37am They are aggressive and will strike both artificial and live bait and are excellent table fare. They are less likely to eat and if they do it is because the prey is so easy to eat. Red drum (redfish) have been regulated for several years by a slot limit of 16 to 26 inches total length. If the water gets cold enough they will become lethargic and hide in deep water. During the spawn specks are on the “outside” of the marsh in saltier water. One reason we have a 12″ length limit in Louisiana is to facilitate the trout spawn. TPWD proposing speckled trout bag limit change. It eats everything it can. In the summer you want to have a line in the water before the sun comes up. Not so much. During the pre-spawn specks become more active due to warming water temperatures and longer days. re: LDWF Trying to Change Speckled Trout Size and Bag Limit - THIS WEEK Posted by The Boat on 9/30/20 at 3:46 pm to Motorboat quote: Lots of live baiters getting mad … Anglers catching fish there can keep 15 specks per day over 12 inches, with only two being 25 inches or longer. Specks are also known to eat things like small blue crabs, but this is rare. This is not true. Also referred to as the “dog days of summer”, the post-spawn can be very difficult to fish. They also have a purple sheen. Trout will eat as much as they can to grow as fast as they can. Let’s go back to the tag analogy: Imagine you are “it” and it’s your job to tag other people before they make it back to base. When LDWF says the stocks are overfished, they say the science isn't correct. If you have haven't heard, the proposal for the daily bag limit for speckled trout along the upper Texas gulf coast to be lowered from 10 to 5 per day per person has passed. If it gets too cold, we simply turn the heat on. Finally, in 1978 TPWD set the first speckled trout regulations: minimum 12″ and 20/day bag limit. Possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited. If they are really cold, their metabolism is really slow and they become lethargic. Trout eat whenever there are warm spells. We can warm ourselves up and cool ourselves down. Speckled Trout Bag Limits and Laws In the United States [Page updated 27 November 2020] Speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) are fun fish to catch and are not hard fish to target and find in Florida waters.You’ll find them in shallow water especially in grass flats where they like to … I have caught them in blackwater ponds deep inside Delacroix where I also see bluegill and largemouth bass. Then the trout will make their way back to the “outside” to begin a new spawn. Daily Bag: 4 Min Length: 15 - No limit. These patterns can shift to the left or right on the timeline, happening sooner or later. Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait. There is an exception: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in southwestern Louisiana. Always check the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the latest information on speckled trout creel limits. However, they are almost always smaller in size. When there's a random post wanting a reduction in limits, that person gets ridiculed and the response is always, the LDWF says science doesn't support such a move. I am only bringing this up because I was watching a fishing show in which one of the anglers said the scientific name and someone else in the boat thought it was the Cajun word for speckled trout. They still eat under these conditions, but very slowly and deliberately. By this time the shrimp have completely left the marsh, but there is still plenty of food for the trout to eat. Even in 2003, when Big Lake lowered their limit for speckled trout, LDWF Fin Fish Program Manager Randy Pausina had this to say: “This is more of a social issue than a biological issue,” Pausina said. Speckled trout behavior is different throughout the year. In western Louisiana — … Size Limit: 12″ min total length Louisiana conducted a 18-month study ending in 1995 on the survival of released speckled trout. You can guess that you will be using a finfish or shrimp imitation lure. This allows for “one stop shops”, meaning anglers fill their coolers with a quick and easy limit in one spot. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right. Females usually grow larger in both length and weight. Every other state is fine with their 5, 10, or 15 limit for the most part. I about fell out of my chair laughing. Speckled trout are managed in south-central and southeastern Louisiana with a 25-fish daily creel limit and a 12-inch size minimum. It must obey its instinct to eat! The survival rate depended on the fishing method. These tiny babies will hide in whatever cover they can get into. There is no point in discussing where to fish or which lures to use without first noting the season. Remember that trout are susceptible to extremes in water temperature! The recreational bag limit for king mackerel has changed from 2 to 3 fish per person per day. This pattern runs from about December to March. This is because their eggs can’t float in the fresher water of the interior marsh, so they spawn where the water is salty enough. But all of that fishing success wouldn't have been possible if I didn't possess a solid understanding of speckled trout behavior and biology. One time, I had a trout cough up a katydid in the livewell! The four grouper aggregate is: speckled hind; black, red, snowy, yellowedge, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and warsaw grouper; gag; and scamp. Humans have become so disconnected from nature that we live in our own artificial reality, replete with its senses of “comfortable” and “uncomfortable”. During this period speckled trout stop spawning. Red & Yellowfin9: 20” min total length. So many of them will drum together that the sound is reported as being like a loud roaring noise that can be heard with a hydrophone or through the deck of an aluminum boat. They don’t have a mortgage to pay. The odds of the trout to the left or right of them being eaten instead of them are much greater. Speckled trout are my favorite fish to catch and – if you're here – probably yours, too. I have done it. And that's only the fish I've tagged. The creel limit for speckled trout in Louisiana is 25 per angler each day. So if you catch a speck and it’s going nuts making croaking noises it is a male. Aquatic grasses like coontail, turtle grass and widgeon grass provide cover for them from predators, such as redfish, largemouth bass and larger speckled trout. To book your Speckled Trout fishing trip in Venice, Louisiana please contact us today! That means from 25 a day to 20 a day, but that is not the only option. I fish the same area and can’t disagree with you more. They wouldn’t stand a chance. A baby speckled trout eats voraciously, doubling and tripling its size in short order. I have caught speckled trout that were 14″ long and had 12″ mullet sticking out of their mouths. There is an exception for specified areas of Cameron and Calcasieu parishes where the limit is 15 per person … In October 2020, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to postpone their decision on spotted seatrout management changes until October 2021. Males make a drumming noise with their air bladder. When they’d ask what Winky, our 14 footer, liked to eat I’d simply say “Whatever the heck he wants!”. It’s a common myth that speckled trout spawn in the same way largemouth bass do, on spawning beds. Picture a school of shrimp and pogies floating with the current when they drift around a point and into the mouths of a few hundred speckled trout! Much like the post-spawn, it is a transition period for speckled trout and lasts roughly 30 to 45 days. Shrimp growing up inside the marsh are now mature enough to head for the Gulf of Mexico and continue spawning. It is the pattern that eludes most anglers and, if you have had difficulty catching fish during this season, then probably one of the reasons you purchased Inshore Fishing 101 in the first place. It can be an intense activity and when they are done it is time for them to feed and rest. NOTE: No living being on Earth is less affected by the seasons than humans. 2017 freeze, 2018 poor year, 2019 ok year, pretty much every trip I went I caught loads of small of fish mixed in with some decent ones, this year when conditions permitted was on absolute fire. The blue bars represent winter kills of speckled trout. Male speckled trout get the short straw: they don’t live as long or grow as large as females. Consider reason #2: It’s easier for them to eat baitfish when there are fewer places for the baitfish to run because all of the escape routes are covered by other speckled trout. Vermilion. Please log in again. 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There is a new season structure for the recreational harvest of greater amberjack with fixed closed seasons from Jan. 1 – April 30, June 1 – July 31, and Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 of each year. Also, unlike largemouth bass, the speckled trout spawning season is much longer than the bass spawning season. A floating object should be moving along the surface of the water, not staying stationary. And lastly, there should be some kind of indicator there is bait nearby. They are scattered about the marsh and aren’t schooling as much. After that, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference, or consider subscribing to my newsletter to be informed when new guides are published or updated. I’m not going to bore you with the same old rigamarole of “speckled trout are technically this kind of fish” or “their scientific name is blah blah blah” or whatever. I’ve been down there for almost 15 years and through weekly chats with a dozen or so people, this year was extremely good for numbers. Reducing the speckled trout limit by half was first adopted on a regionally limited basis in 2007. They aren’t going to leave what they know. Once the summer sun comes up and warms the water, speckled trout will become too hot and will instead find refuge, where they rest, digest their food and await spawning time. Previously the daily bag limit for trout was 10 with a minimum size of 14 inches. This happens from late spring to early fall. The females release their eggs, aided by male trout rubbing/beating against their sides. I don’t think it has a relevant impact on your inshore fishing knowledge. It is hot and feeding windows are very narrow. Names like spotted sea trout, yellow mouths or weakfish. That change includes a five-year sunset date. Speckled trout know winter is coming. So you do know, the scientific name for speckled trout is cynoscion nebulosis. The login page will open in a new tab. This could be in the form of bait slicks, created by oils released from bait killed by speckled trout underwater. They begin doing two things: During winter there is an onslaught of cold fronts that lower water temperatures and levels. There is an exception: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in southwestern Louisiana. They don’t have aspirations. The current speckled trout fishery in Texas is under a slot limit, with fish between 15 and 25 inches being legal to keep. I have tagged speckled trout before releasing them back into the water and all of them, so far, have been recaptured within the same estuary. Speckled trout like to eat where the water is clean, moving and has bait. Some old timers call them “speckles”, but it’s rare to hear this. You need to know not only what the trout are doing during each season of the year but why they are doing it. Understanding the life cycle of a speckled trout is key to successfully fishing for them. Is it possible to catch limits of speckled trout at high noon? In fact, if you get on a good speckled trout bite you can literally throw anything in the water and they will attack it. In fact, I have over 1,000 tagged speckled trout swimming around the Gulf Coast, mostly in Louisiana. Just as the spawn is triggered by a changing photo period and water temperature, it is ended by a changing photo period and water temperature. If it 15 at 12” or 13.5” and over I’m good . I will touch more on this later. Conversely, I have caught them on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. For if it doesn’t, it won’t grow fast enough to become big enough to survive. Imagine this: You are playing tag with your friends. It could also be in the form of actual bait bursting the surface of the water. Scamp9: 16” min total length. (NOTE: This does not mean speckled trout will turn down a live shrimp!). Take/Possession Prohibited. The Louisiana Hook-N-Shoot Team traveled time Hopedale, La and caught a limit of Speckled Trout out of our Viking Kayaks! Copyright @2020 TigerDroppings.com. If it is anchored down you should be able to see water moving around it, such as a crab trap’s float. You would almost never launch the boat at 5am during the winter and almost never fish for trout at 2pm in the summer. This egg floats near the surface of the water and into the marsh, where it hatches. They may not come out to eat until the afternoon, after the sun has warmed the water a little. It’s not uncommon to catch limits of speckled trout in the two to five pound range. Throughout this guide I'll be using their various names. They rarely seem to relate to cover (meaning an object rising from the bottom of the water, such as a bed of grass, natural gas platform, etc.) Yes. But where do you find clean, moving water with lots of bait? Alabama’s inshore anglers should be familiar with the slot limit. Fertilized eggs will float towards the surface and the tidal water will sweep them deeper into the estuary where the eggs hatch. But, if you approach base with a group of friends, the person who is “it” can only get one of you before the rest safely make it to base. The lower Texas gulf coast was first to adopt the 5 fish limit. Some fishing trips are easier than others, some harder, and during my fishing career I've caught a good deal of fish. NOTE: Some specks do stay inside during the summer. Since shrimp are traveling in large masses it's a matter of time before a school of speckled trout locates them. Current Season: Open year round in state waters . Speckled trout can be found from nearly-fresh water to full strength saltwater. Large and old specks are solitary and eat in narrow windows and very selectively. The speckled trout population as a whole hasn’t been without its own rollercoaster of a ride. The same applies to the creel limits. It’s their instinct to hang out in numbers and for a couple different reasons: Consider reason #1: If they get attacked by a shark, dolphin or huge redfish, they each stand a better chance of surviving as an individual. Specks that come over the bow of the boat will typically throw up their stomach contents, usually several shrimp and a fin fish or two. That area has been down for the last 3 years when compared to historical catches .I’m in w numerous guides and locals and this is the consensus across the board. The winter pattern kicks off when the water temperature reaches about 53 degrees. Most Speckled Trout are caught 2-20ft with rod and reel; In Venice, Louisiana you are sure to catch a hand full of Speckled Trout. I loved answering this question about alligators when I used to take tourists into the swamp. Fish swimming in the marsh do not have the luxuries we do, so it’s important to understand the seasons and how they affect speckled trout. Consider the rest that have been caught and released (or kept for a fish fry). Now keep in mind we are talking about schooling speckled trout. These bottom-dwelling fin fish are not schooled up, but scattered over a large area, like an oyster reef. The minimum length for speckled trout is 12″ (these usually weigh less than a pound) and the daily creel limit is 25 per person. By the time a 12″ trout is harvested it has spawned at least once and therefore replaced itself and made more trout. Man idk. Trout can’t feed as well during this season, so the time to feed is during the fall! Only Louisiana, at 25 and 12 inches, is more liberal, and that state is currently discussing changes. As they do they will become more scattered and feed more erratically. If we are hungry, we go to the refrigerator. 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The commission also modified an original proposal to change the possession limit on trout in the affected area to twice the daily bag limit. Bag and Possesion Limit: 5 daily per person; No more than one over 27” max total length . ... 1201 Louisiana St. Zapata March 12 Zapata County Technical and Advance Education Center, Rm 128, 605 N. US Hwy 83. re: LDWF Trying to Change Speckled Trout Size and Bag Limit - THIS WEEK Posted by F73ME on 10/1/20 at 10:43 am to Ron Cheramie I get what you're saying, but he could be saying that the changes they expected didn't happen, not that the changes they implemented CAUSED the trophy trout to disappear. A successful hunter has learned the patterns of his quarry and knows where to look for them. As mentioned earlier, male specks have air bladders they use to croak, or drum. Don’t be that guy. The minimum length requirement is 12 inches. They will co-locate in deep passes with moving water and make drumming noises. See the striking difference between winter and summer fishing? A very large number of speckled trout were killed. The key to overcoming this is drifting over an area or fishing multiple spots in a short amount of time. Our needs are not dictated by the conditions, but if they were our lives would be radically different. If you try to make it back to “base” by yourself you stand a much greater chance of getting tagged. It’s a tough job. All rights reserved. During this time anglers may target other species like redfish. Trout don’t eat much during the winter time because their metabolism is so slow. The focus of this course are the school speckled trout. ! Instead, speckled trout spawn in massive schools, beginning at sundown and continuing until midnight. Speckled trout are silver/gray colored with black dots, or speckles, along their back and fins. If it becomes too hot, the air conditioning is turned on. 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