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).
Charlie's Fish Camp 904-225-0102
St. Mary's River Fish Camp 904-845-4440
Both of these coastal rivers give anglers the opportunity to catch a variety of freshwater species. In the upper reaches of these rivers, black bass, bream, and catfish can all be taken. The St. Marys River is known for its healthy populations of bluegill and redbreast sunfish. The shallower, vegetated banks are the most productive sunfish habitats in these rivers. Live baits, such as worms and crickets, are great choices for sunfish in these waters. Both the Nassau and the St. Marys River have good populations of largemouth bass as well, most being in the 2 to 3 pound range. Targeting cypress stands and other woody structure along river shorelines is a great way to fish for largemouth bass. Good largemouth fishing can be found in the areas around King’s Ferry, Boulogne and St. George. In the lower stretches of these rivers anglers can fish for a variety of saltwater species including drum, sea trout, and flounder. Live bait is an effective way of taking these species, with mud-minnows, shrimp, and crabs being popular choices.