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.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for St. Johns River External Website.

 Current Forecast:

This is a great time of year to fish for largemouth bass and bream in the St. Johns River and its tributaries.  Good catches of bass have been reported from the river this spring.  Bass anglers will want to fish over eel grass beds, around ledges, and under floating vegetation in search of feeding fish.  Docks, bridge pilings, and snags are also worth a look.  With bass seeking the comfort of deeper, cooler water in the heat of summer, anglers should pay special attention to any springs or deep holes that may provide this thermal refuge.  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.  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.  Artificial lures like small spinners, crankbaits, jigs, and flies can also be effectively used for panfish.  Shrimp should be making their annual run up the river in good numbers in late July and August.  If heavy rains hold off, good shrimping could be had into September and even October.




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