Fishing ReportsSoutheast

South Indian River

You couldn’t ask for better weather in May. We will still get some windy days, but you can look for lots of sunshine and great fishing action throughout the month. As the rainy season begins, look for chances of afternoon rain or thunderstorms just about any day of the week. The water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70’s now and the fish have been biting well for us. May fishing will continue to improve as water temperatures rise. It’s been a super first part of the month!


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Brice with a nice sea trout caught on the grass flats in Fort Pierce. © Capt. Charlie Conner

Our best fishing has been around the mangroves this past week. We have caught redfish, snook and trout in those areas. Our redfish have been in the slot size this week. The snook have beaten us on a number of occasions where we couldn’t slow them down before being broken off under the mangroves. We have caught some nice trout in the upper 20″ range this week as well. DOA shrimp, CAL shad tails and live bait have been productive this past week. It’s that time of year to get out your top water lures. Try a DOA Bait Buster or Airhead as a top water lure this time of year.

Our trout have been in three to five feet of water, but you can find some a little shallower in the early morning. The snook bite has been good around the river. Docks, sea walls, inlets and mangroves have all been productive. The redfish bite has been good for us around docks and mangroves. There are still some bluefish, mackerel, jacks and ladyfish around the inlet area in Fort Pierce. We have seen a few bigger mangrove snapper this week. It’s fun time of year to enjoy some great fishing action!

Ron and Nick found a better outgoing tide bite on their morning. Docks provided good bites of sheepshead and snapper to fill out a nice morning on the water. Gene, Kevin and Steve found the trout biting on DOA shad tails on the grass flats. When the tide turned, the bluefish, jacks and trout were biting on the outgoing tide again for us.

It’s getting hot out there so drink plenty of liquids to keep hydrated. Use lots of sunscreen this time of year. Snook season will close in this area on May 31st. You have a few weeks left for that slot fish! Have fun out on the water this month!

As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby….it’s an ADVENTURE!!

Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner