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Ideal Temperatures for Saltwater Fish


Ideal Temperatures for Saltwater Fish Ideal Temperatures for Saltwater Fish

Species Lower Avoidance Optimum Upper Avoidance
Albacore 59 62-65 66
Amberjack 60 65-75 80+
Atlantic Bonito 60 65-75 80+
Atlantic Cod 31 44-49 59
Atlantic Mackerel 40 45-55 70
Barracuda 55 72-80 86
Bigeye Tuna 52 62-74 80
Blackfin Tuna 65 70-75 82
Black Marlin 68 72-82 87
Bluefin Tuna 50 60-72 82
Bluefish 50 66-72 84
Blue Marlin 70 74-82 88
Bonefish 60 72-84 92+
Dolphin (fish) 70 72-78 82
Fluke (Summer Flounder) 56 62-66 72
Haddock 36 42-48 52
Jack Crevalle 65 70-85 90
Kelp Bass 62 64-68 72
King Mackerel 65 68-76 88
Permit 70 75-85 92
Pollock 33 40-50 60
Pompano 65 70-82 85+
Red Drum (Channel Bass) 52 70-90 90+
Red Snapper 50 55-65 70+
Sailfish 68 72-82 88
Skipjack Tuna 50 58-62 70
Snook 60 70-82 90
Spotted Seatrout 48 68-78 88
Striped Bass 50 55-65 75
Striped Marlin 61 68-76 80
Swordfish 50 60-70 80
Tarpon 70 75-90 100+
Tautog 45 50-60 76
Weakfish 45 56-68 78
White Marlin 65 68-78 80+
White Seabass 58 64-68 74
Winter Flounder 35 48-52 64
Yellowfin Tuna 64 72-82 80
Yellowtail (Pacific) 60 62-66 70


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tdreier | Posted: May 17, 2005

Very good info

Yakmon | Posted: December 2, 2002

This is a good resource for all types of fishermen. I will try it out next weekend, while targeting tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. Hope it works!

rlc5669 | Posted: November 26, 2002

Was looking for optimal water temp for catching redfish and pompano. Very helpful article.