Saltwater Fish Temperatures

  • Jun 11, 2020
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Preferred Water Temperatures for Saltwater Sportfish

Each type of saltwater fish is different, so you can expect their preferred water temperatures to vary. As a general rule, most fish will become more active at the warmer end of their preferred temperatures.

Above all, knowing the water temperatures at your favorite fishing spot can highly determine your fishing success. You’ll also want to check the best fishing times before venturing out on your big fishing trip.

Saltwater Fish Like Warm Water

In general, saltwater fish prefer warmer water than freshwater fish. The average water temperature range for saltwater fish is 64F to 79F.

Freshwater Fish TemperaturesWorld Saltwater Fishing Records

However, there are a few exceptions like Ocean Perch that are comfortable in nearly freezing temperatures. For several species, many of the following are favorites of fly fishermen. 

Saltwater Fish Temperatures Table

SpeciesTemp Preferred (Degrees F)
 
BARRACUDA
 75-82
BASS
BLACK SEA55-68
STRIPED56-77
BLUEFISH
 64-75
BONEFISH
 75-88
BONITO
ATLANTIC65-76
PACIFIC58-76
COBIA
 68-86
DRUM
BLACK56-80
RED56-84
JACK
CREVALLE70-80
KINGFISH
NORTHERN>46
SOUTHERN>50
MACKEREL
ATLANTIC45-68
KING70-75
SPANISH>67
MARLIN
BLACK75-85
BLUE70-88
STRIPED65-80
WHITE70-85
PERCH
OCEAN32-60
WHITE60-80
PERMIT
 72-84
POMPANO
 70-86
ROOSTERFISH
 68-85
SAILFISH
 75-85
SEABASS
 68
SEATROUT
SPOTTED65-75
SHARK
BLUE50-68
DUSKY>73
SANDBAR>74
SILKY76-84
THRESHER60-75
TIGER55-85
SNAPPER
RED57-60
SNOOK
 70-86
SWORDFISH
 58-70
TARPON
 74-88
TREVALLY GIANT
 70-88
TUNA
BIGEYE60-75
BLACKFIN70-82
BLUEFIN56-84
SKIPJACK67-78
YELLOWFIN64-80
WAHOO
 70-86
WEAKFISH
 55-70
YELLOWTAIL CALIFORNIA
 60-80

Conclusion

In short, knowing the preferred water temperatures of your favorite saltwater fish is half the battle. After that, it’s all up to you to find the fish.

Let us know if we missed any of your favorite saltwater fish. Check out some of our other fishing articles while you’re here.

 

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