How To Fish Depth Contours To Catch Speckled Trout

Are depth contours something you should be mindful of when targeting speckled trout?

What should you look for in depth contour fishing for trout?

Water level, current speed, as well as water temperature all play a role in speckled trout depth contour fishing!

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Depth Contours To Catch Speckled Trout

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Current

Current often determines where the fish are holding along the contour line.

This is because fish like a break in the current and you will find most of the fish on the down current side of a shelf or contour line.

You want to strategically place yourself on the down current side to catch more fish.

Water Level

Sometimes schools of fish prefer to have a certain amount of water above their heads and they will often move with the tide to accommodate that.

All you need to do is continue to move along the contour line following the school of fish.

By staying in the same water level and moving with the tide, the fish feel more comfortable and willing to feed on bait.

Water Temperature

Water temperature is very important to keep in mind when trying to locate where the fish are.

Trout can be finicky and prefer temperatures where they feel safe and comfortable.

Depending on if it is a colder or a warmer day, you can predict the depth where the fish may be holding.

Colder water means the fish may be a bit deeper along the bottom.

Depth Contours To Catch Speckled Trout [VIDEO]

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Conclusion

Depth contours reveal a lot about where the fish are holding and where they might move as the day progresses and the tide moves.

Be sure to position yourself in tune with the current and the depth contour you know the trout are holding on.

Remember the main three factors are water level, water temperature, and current direction!

Do you have any further questions on fishing depth contours for speckled trout?

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Rick Daniel
2 years ago

Hi Richard,
I see you were back in your kayak this trip, where did you launch from?

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

Thanks – good video

Last edited 2 years ago by Richard Fiorentino
Pat Ogletree
2 years ago

Great job Richard!

I like how you explained the trout being comfortable with a certain amount of water over their heads and moved with the tides to keep it that way. Great info!

Richard Hall
2 years ago

Where are you fishing?

Tim McKinnon
2 years ago

Appreciate your insights Richard. Maybe add a screen shot using the sonar map on Smart Fishing Tides would help illustrate the depth contour a little better.

frank marinucci
2 years ago

Richard. Great insight about following school around the seam at the same depth. Have you guys thought about using drone video. A drone vid showing where you positioned yourself and moved would have been the icing on the cake to illustrate positioning. Keep the great stuff coming!

Lenny Friedman
2 years ago

Which fish finder are you using? Which model Garmin?

Pablo Diaz
2 years ago

Hi Richard, great video. I was looking at the water and it seemed to be flowing away from you ? Or was it the wind ? Thanks

Michael Connelly
2 years ago

Nice job Richard! I did the same this morning just worked down the ledge until they bit.. I think the thing that people need to understand is that they follow the water down the ledge as the tide falls and back up as it Rises.. They like the same temp water I believe is the reason. BTW that new gulp shrimp color is something trout really like…

Brian Hunter
2 years ago

Right on Richard! I’ve had success the last few days here is SC working current around a point from downstream, focusing on the still water and eddies on the down sides. A Mirrodine 17MR works great, just letting it drift around the corner, with the occasional pop to attract attention. Thanks for your content focusing on the creek/marsh big-tide systems from NE Florida up through the Carolinas.

frank marinucci
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian Hunter

Echo Brian’s comment about focus on big tide systems! Great job

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