Doctors Inlet, St. Johns River, and Black Creek

Doctors InletClay County

Both the inlet and the hard sand bottom areas in this stretch of the St. Johns (south of I-295) support healthy stands of eelgrass and great fishing for largemouth bass and redear sunfish. Schooling bass are present all year and redear are caught spring, summer and fall. If you enjoy wade fishing, this is a great stretch of river.

Nearby Black Creek is deep with vegetated shorelines. It is a good water body for black crappie year-round and all riverine panfish (especially redbreast and bluegill sunfish) during spring, summer and fall. Striped bass utilize Black Creek as a cool weather refuge in summer and are present here and around St. Johns River bridge pilings commonly during winter months.

Local contact: Whitey's Fish Camp 904-269-4198.

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 Current Forecast:

This is a great time of year to fish for largemouth bass in the St. Johns River and its tributaries. Cooler weather should have the bass thinking about spawning, and anglers will want to fish over eel grass beds, around ledges, and under floating vegetation mats.  Bedding fish can be found in nearshore areas.  Docks, bridge pilings, and snags are also worth a look. Another favorite area is Julington Creek and its side creeks and canals.  This section of the St. Johns River is tidally influenced, so bass tend to move where cover is optimal for feeding. Look for structure that allows fish to rest in the current, while feeding on passing items being carried by the rising or falling tides.  Pay special attention to areas of natural vegetation including pads and matted floating plants.  Black Creek is another great spot to fish for bass and bream. The spatterdock edges that line Black Creek provide great cover and attract fish to the shallower areas. Common artificial baits are great for pulling in bass, while live bait, such as worms and crickets, is very effective for bream, especially redbreast sunfish.  There have been recent reports of keeper-sized black crappie being caught from shore and on boat docks in stretches of the lower St. Johns River.  Speckled perch anglers will want to target boat docks, woody debris, and vegetation mats with minnows and small jigs.




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