St. Marys and Nassau Rivers
This 125-mile river starts in the acid swamps of Okeefenokee and becomes a tidal river below US 17 north of Jacksonville. Upstream is redbreast sunfish and small largemouth bass territory. The salt marsh zone is famous for striped bass (the same is true for nearby Nassau River).
Striped bass leave their cool water sanctuaries in the fall and should be congregating in both rivers near bridge pilings, jetties, channel markers and in sharp bends in the river. Grass shrimp, small shad, and heavy red and white or blue and white jigs, and deep running crankbaits are popular baits for these fish. In freshwater, both redfish and striper fishing have been good. Fish are being caught in the deeper holes using sinking crank baits and dead shrimp. The biggest striped bass of the year are caught from January through March. Cold and rainy days and the falling tide are best. By the end of March, panfishing in the upper St. Mary’s river and the Mills – Boggy Creek area of the Nassau River begins to pick up. Fair numbers of redbreast sunfish and bluegill can be caught near fallen trees and feeder creek mouths using spinners, worms or crickets. Local anglers use traditional methods to catch fair numbers of catfish on this very scenic waterway.
TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger.
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 1
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 1