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Butterfly Peacock Bass Fishing Tips

Fish Imitating lures

When to Fish: Butterfly peacocks are caught only during daylight hours, as they do not feed at night.

Tackle and BaitButterfly peacocks prefer live fish or fish-imitating lures, rather than plastic worms commonly used for largemouth bass. The best bait for butterfly peacocks is live shiners, but artificial lures also work well, including topwater plugs, jigs and crankbaits. Light spinning tackle is recommended in canals for this open-water fighter. 

HabitatIntersections, dead ends and fallen trees concentrate butterfly peacocks. Shade provided by bridges, culverts, vegetation, and other structures provide some of the most productive spots.

RangeMore than 300 miles of urban canals in Dade and Broward counties have fishable populations of butterfly peacock bass, an introduced species that reaches nine pounds.

For more information about fishing for peacock bass see the Butterfly Peacock Bass brochure.

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