Stick Marsh Fishing Pictures and Fish Photos
Florida fishing Stick Marsh which is the St. Johns Water Management Area (SJWMA), known to most anglers as the Farm 13/Stick Marsh, is a 6,500-acre impoundment located along the east coast of central Florida in northwest Indian River County. The Stick Marsh/Farm 13 was created in 1987 and opened to the public around 1991. Water depths range from 4 to 8 feet. Boaters unfamiliar with the area are heavily advised to navigate to fishing locations with extreme caution due to the number of manmade and natural hazards, like stumps that this place presents. Facilities include a double lane concrete boat ramp, air boat launch site, restroom and paved parking lot. Closest towns/cities are Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere. No gas, food or bait available on site. Popular sport fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and several catfish species.
Stick Marsh fishing guides catch trophy largemouth bass still on in a hot weather pattern, meaning good catches are still possible for those who can adapt to the changing conditions. As most bass fisheries, the first light will likely have the most success before the morning sun intensifies. Many local anglers prefer the late evening bite, especially after the thunderstorms have dissipated, as the best time to fish for bass. As midsummer approaches, look for bass to be distributed widely throughout the reservoir, oriented to the shallow tops of underwater levees and woody structure along the western and southern shorelines. The intersections of the submerged north-south drainage canals in Farm 13 should also hold good numbers of bass. During the onset on the rainy season, anglers should also key in on water control structure outflows, as bass will school up in these areas to feed, often generating a strong bite.