St. Johns River and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report
Capt. Tom Van Horn
January 28, 2016
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St. Johns River and Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report, January 28, 2016
By Captain Tom Van Horn
As winters go in Central Florida, this has been a wet one. El Nino weather patterns have delivered more rainy days than sunny days lately, but we are still managing to squeeze in some good fishing.
On the St Johns River in Geneva (CS Lee Park) the Lake Harney water level gauge (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=02234000) is showing an increase in water levels, but as of Monday, water levels on the St Johns River and the Econ Creek were still below the banks and the velocity of the current has also increased. These conditions are exactly what the American Shad like, with increasing catches of American shad are being reported. As for the crappie bite, crappie fishing in the river run and the three big lakes of Harney, Jussep and Monroe all reported good catches as the crappie moved up on beds during last week's full moon. As the full moon wanes, the crappie should move away from the edges into deeper water, but remain in the river runs in anticipation of the new moon spawn. We are also seeing the arrival of genuine stripers to the area which is always a welcome surprise.
Although the weather has been challenging last week, we did manage some excellent fishing days, and for the fourth time I was honored to host the Ultimate Catch TV (www.facebook.com/ultimatecatchfishing" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/ultimatecatchfishing) and Captain Eric Ciocher who joined me to film another episode on the St Johns River and the Econ Creek. We ended the day of filming with a mixed bag of speckled perch (crappie), striped bass, largemouth bass, American shad and channel catfish. It is always a pleasure filming with Captain Eric, and we couldn't have asked for a prettier day weather and catching wise.
I did not have the opportunity to fish in the Mosquito Lagoon this week, but by looking at the Haulover Canal water gauge, (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=02248380) it is showing the water levels are still elevated, and reports from my sources on the Lagoon are reporting the water clarity is improving and on the calm days, good numbers of tailing redfish.
As always, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.
Good luck and good fishing,
Captain Tom Van Horn
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