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On the Water: It was an up and down week out on the water

The first week of March did not exactly deliver us the ideal fishing conditions anglers were hoping for. Mother Nature gave us plenty of wind followed with a cold front for the weekend.Ahead of the front, southwest winds prevailed for several days. Coupled with incoming water, afternoon tides ...

Public invited to give input on Phillips Park pickleball courts

Lee County Parks & Recreation is inviting the public to provide input on proposed pickleball courts at Phillips Park during an upcoming open house.Greater Pine Island residents will be able to voice their opinions on a conceptual plan developed for a recently acquired 0.34-acre parcel ...

On the Water: Anything is possible in month of March

We closed out the month of February with tough fishing conditions that included cool weather and strong winds. With a new month we are in sight of a change of seasons and we can look forward to great fishing opportunities.Spring fishing is looked upon as some of the best of the year with a wide ...

On the Water: Snook, redfish and seatrout closure extended

We almost made it through the entire week with great weather and spring like conditions. Light wind and blue skies kept anglers smiling right up until Friday as strong winds and a cold front dropped in for the weekend.Offshore, fishing for red grouper was good from depths beginning at 75 feet ...

Twins and Red Sox return for Spring Training

Each spring, two Major League Baseball teams call Lee County home, bringing the excitement surrounding the beginning of baseball season to Southwest Florida.Spring Training is one of Lee County's most popular times of the year, as these clubs and their fan bases turn up year after year in a ...

On the Water: Warm days spark good fishing in the area

Good weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine made for a great week on the water around Southwest Florida. With water temperatures inshore climbing into the low to mid 70s, anglers found fishy conditions. Our only setback was poor tides for a few days, but that was small trade off to work ...

On the Water: A week of extreme low tides on the water

Well, that was an interesting week on the waters of Southwest Florida. To say we had some windy days would be an understatement as strong winds and even higher gusts kept many anglers off the water. It was all centered around a cold front that triggered the wind, dumped some rain, then coupled ...

On the Water: Sheepshead more active when the temperature cools

This is peak season for the one fish around Pine Island and Southwest Florida that thrives during the cooler winter months -- the sheepshead (Archosaurs probatocephalus). Sheepshead are easily identified by their broad body with telltale black vertical stripes that many have renamed the convict ...

On the Water: Fishing up and down like the weather

Like the weather, fishing was all over the place over the past week. We experienced beautiful sunny days with light winds as well as our coldest days in a couple years with strong gusts. Good fishing reports came from offshore in Gulf waters as conditions allowed, and inshore, the drop in ...

Low water can test your fishing and boating skills

(Editor's note: Capt.Bill Russell's On the Water column will return next week.)Slow moving, low water, negative tide days can test your skills and patience as shallow saltwater fish seem to sometimes disappear. Add long cold nights to the mix and soon temperature sensitive, sub-tropicals like ...