Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of the winter trout migration to the inshore waters of St Joseph Sound but I haven't found many in any of my usual spots yet. Let's hope this week's cold front moves them in.
What I describe as "winter trout" are those 18" - 30", yellow mouth bruisers that school up near the many spoil islands along the ICW and in or near potholes in the grass flats on the inside of barrier islands like Anclote Key, Honey Moon Island and Caladesi. When you find them, 20 - 50 fish days aren't uncommon and often a large school will remain in the vicinity for the entire winter. These "winter trout' schools can be found with regularity through April.
I'm not the only one that likes to fish for these trout, which is why i stay booked throughout most of the winter. There are still some open dates on my calendar so book now if you're interested in fishing for 'winter trout' with me.