St. Johns River from Green Cove Springs down to the Palatka area. There’s a great bite of croakers coming off the shell bars near Green Cove Springs. The Shands Bridge has been excellent, but sporadic like most summer fishing. Bream are biting all over the river and will only get better on this moon phase. Many are just hanging around the beds after the full moon last week. But should gather back together next week on the new moon. Catfish are biting in the Trout and Six-Mile creeks.
Area lakes (Lochloosa, Orange, Santa Fe): Bream fishing is good in Lochloosa. They’re off the beds and can be found up under the docks in 3 feet of water. Speckled perch are still being caught in the deeper areas of Santa Fe.
Rodman Reservoir area, the Bass fishing is especially good for schooling fish. The Oklawaha River is the best place for some excellent catfish action this week. Fish the deeper holes, especially near undercut banks.
Elsewhere: The catfish bite in the ponds at Hanna Park is good right now. Surprisingly, there was a report of croakers being caught on nightcrawlers this week.
By JIM SUTTON, The Times-Union