Putnam County Fishing
The St. Johns River flows north and Putnam County is in the lower basin and centrally located to the river's best fishing. Not only has it earned the title of ''Bass Capital of the World'', but it offers a list of other freshwater and saltwater or brackish-water fishing. Freshwater species include the largemouth bass, black crappie (speckled perch), bluegill, shellcracker, warmouth and catfish. Saltwater species include red fish, flounder, sea trout and tarpon. Shrimp migrate up the brackish water during the summer months. Striped bass can be caught mostly during the fall and winter months.
From downtown Palatka south to Lake George, some 42 nautical miles, the St. Johns tree-lined shores and extensive vegetation provide excellent habitat for fish. Lake George is a 46,000 acre natural impoundment of the St. Johns. It is the second largest lake in the state, with three spring-fed tributaries, and holds acres of eelgrass beds, as well as old pilings, docks and jetties. In between the big lake and Palatka, the Ocklawaha River flows into the St. Johns north of Little Lake George via Rodman Reservoir/ George Kirkpatrick Dam. Further north Dunns Creek connects a 5-mile stretch southeast to Lake Crescent, a 15,960 acre lake bordering Putnam and Flagler County.
The river and its connecting waters have numerous marinas, motels, guide services, ramps and launches for local and visiting anglers.
Putnam County is recognized all across the country as a favorite site for the Bassmaster Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) professional fishing circuit.
Putnam fishing has it all.
- Bass Capital of the World
- Home to 3 of the "Top 10" fisheries in Florida
- Natural Shorelines
- Numerous Public Ramps and Docks
- Hunting/Fishing License Information