About the St Johns River
Lower St. Johns River and Lakes: Until summer rains bring water levels up, anglers should be careful, as low water conditions in the river may present obstacles to navigation and launching. Largemouth bass should continue to be caught following the schools of baitfish in the river. Anglers should plan on being out early as recreational boating reaches its peak during this time of year, making it difficult for many river areas to fish, even in the late evening.
The redear sunfish (shellcracker) and bluegill spawn end, but fishing should remain good early this period. Lake Jesup (currently highly shallow) and Lake George are among the most popular bream fisheries on the river. Striped bass seeks cool water in the summer and should congregate near the mouth of Blue Springs, the Wekiva River, the Croaker Hole in Little Lake George, and other rivers’ thermal refuges. Grass shrimp, small shad, and eels (when available) are the preferred bait for these fish.
2018 St Johns River Pictures
Upper St. Johns River and Lakes: Water levels in the upper St. Johns River were lower than average throughout Spring due to low rainfall but should rise this quarter as the summer rainy season begins. The river sections between lakes Winder and Poinsett and from SR 520 to SR 46 have been restricted to smaller, shallow-draft boats and airboats. Still, they should become accessible to all fishing boats if seasonal weather conditions prevail.