St Johns River

44 Fishing Charters

St Johns River Fishing Charters

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St Johns River: 44 fishing charters available

River City Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Sea Dancer Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Peelin’ And Reelin’

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(85 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation

Hooker Charters & Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(293 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $495

Set Em Up Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Team Buck Rogers – Bill Collector

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(20 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $776

Black Dog Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(102 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $375

Topwater Action Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(44 reviews)
Jacksonville

Fish Whisperer Charters LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(91 reviews)
Jacksonville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $575

FAQs about Fishing Charters in St Johns River

The average price for a private 4 hour St Johns River fishing trip is $528, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $825 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, River City Charters, Sea Dancer Charters, and Peelin’ And Reelin’ are some of the most popular fishing charters in St Johns River. Full list of top fishing charters in St Johns River.

River City Charters, Sea Dancer Charters, and Peelin’ And Reelin’ all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in St Johns River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Want to fish the freshwater upper section of this back-to-front waterway? Or maybe you’d like to cast a line in its lower brackish waters? You’re in luck. There are plenty of St. Johns River fishing guides all along the banks of this waterway, so get ready to fish your way!
 
The St. Johns River begins as a freshwater fishery, before transforming into a brackish water powerhouse as it flows north towards the Atlantic. If you’re fishing the freshwater hotspots, there’s one species that stands out – Largemouth Bass. Crappie are also a firm favorite, especially for family fishing trips.
 
More of a saltwater enthusiast? Striped Bass and Sunshine Bass can be found in the middle section of the river, where the waters become brackish. You can cast your line for huge Bull Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and even hard-fighting Tarpon and Snook in the lower section of St. Johns, too. It’s fair to say that the fish on offer are as diverse as the river itself – and as a bonus, you can find most of these species year-round.
 
Thanks to the river’s shallow waters, a four-hour trip is plenty of time for newer anglers and families to learn the ropes and hook some prized fish. If you’re a more experienced angler, a six- or eight-hour adventure will give you more time to cruise a variety of hotspots. 
 
If you’re a freshwater fanatic, one of the best starting points is Lake Poinsett, near Cocoa. Fellesmere also offers access to marshy waters bustling with Bass and Crappie. When it comes to your saltwater trip, it’s all about Jacksonville, which has direct access to the lower part of the river.
 

Rules & Regulations

If you choose to fish alongside a St. Johns River fishing guide, you’ll be covered when it comes to your saltwater fishing license. However, any angler over the age of 16 will need to purchase a freshwater fishing license if they want to cast a line in the river’s freshwater fishing grounds. 
St Johns River
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Start your year off by casting a line in the St Johns River! January falls right in the middle of Florida’s dry season, which means you’ll be able to head to the upper river’s marshy waters for Bass and Crappie.

February

Florida’s dry season continues, and so does the Bass and Crappie action in the river’s freshwater fishing grounds. Looking for saltwater action? Head to the brackish waters around Jacksonville for schooling Redfish.

March

This is when the St. Johns River’s fishing action really heats up! Huge Redfish and Spotted Seatrout are cruising in the waters around Jacksonville, and the Bass action stays hot in the upper stretches of the river.

April

It's time to focus your attention on hooking trophy-sized Striped Bass. The brackish waters near Lake Monroe are especially plentiful. Don't forget to hit the upper river for Largemouth Bass when the wet season hits!

May

Thanks to the wet season, the upper river’s Largemouth Bass and Crappie population migrates to the marshes. Instead, head to the lower river’s brackish waters to hook Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout!

June

The Atlantic's salt waters move even further into the river in June. This means that Flounder, Redfish, and Trout can be found anywhere from Jacksonville to the lakes that lie at the midway point of the St. Johns River.

July

The weather reaches seriously high temperatures during July, so cool off by spending your day out on the water! Tarpon and Snook can be found in the lower river’s brackish waters, near its meeting point with the Atlantic.

August
The Bass bite is as hot as the weather during August! Largemouth can be found in the river’s upper and middle sections, and Stripers are making their presence known in Lake George. 
 
September

You’ll still be able to target a whole host of Bass species during September, with Largemouth and Sunshine Bass being especially plentiful. The Crappie bite is strong, too, especially around Lake Harney.

October

The Crappie bite is well and truly on, with the freshwater upper and middle sections of the river offering up plenty of these fish. In brackish waters, there’s one species on everyone’s lips: Bull Redfish!

November

As the waters cool, head to Jacksonville for the chance to battle even more Bull Redfish. They’re joined by Flounder and Spotted Seatrout, too. Freshwater fishing? The Crappie bite is strong around Lake Monroe.

December

Give yourself the best Christmas present by embarking on a St. Johns River adventure! This month offers up plenty of freshwater Crappie fishing, and the Redfish bite is hotter than ever. 

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I was worried that a tropical storm moved through the day before dumping lots of rain. Captain Bill assured me the lake would be fine. He was right. Bring sunscreen, water and lots of bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was worried that a tropical storm moved through the day before dumping lots of rain. Captain Bill assured me the lake would be fine. He was right. Bring sunscreen, water and lots of bait.
Steve  S.
Steve S. Vero Beach, FL
Plenty of charters available with experienced captains and Florida waters have some of the best fishing in the world!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of charters available with experienced captains and Florida waters have some of the best fishing in the world!
Allison  H.
Allison H. Jacksonville Beach, FL
Ask the Captain what you will be fishing for and you will not be disappointed!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask the Captain what you will be fishing for and you will not be disappointed!
Amy  M.
Amy M. Ellisburg, NY
Be mindful of the tides and winds. The tides swing 5+ feet four times a day and that is a WHOLE LOT of water constantly moving
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be mindful of the tides and winds. The tides swing 5+ feet four times a day and that is a WHOLE LOT of water constantly moving
Bob  S.
Bob S. Haines City, Florida
Let the Captain know what you’re looking to do and they do the best they can to make it happen!!! Very clean and professional crew!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Let the Captain know what you’re looking to do and they do the best they can to make it happen!!! Very clean and professional crew!!
Celena  P.
Celena P. Glenwood, GA
Be patient when setting your hook, some fish you just have to let them go with it a pick up and real instead of snatching
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient when setting your hook, some fish you just have to let them go with it a pick up and real instead of snatching
Tommy  C.
Tommy C. Orlando, FL
I watched this guy work with other captains who were much younger than him and obviously have learned from him. They have a community that work with one another to help each other catch the best that they can catch. This is the guy to go for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I watched this guy work with other captains who were much younger than him and obviously have learned from him. They have a community that work with one another to help each other catch the best that they can catch. This is the guy to go for.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Apopka, FL
Make sure you have a helper. When they get to biting, it can be one after another. Always good to be able to keep up.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have a helper. When they get to biting, it can be one after another. Always good to be able to keep up.
Scott  M.
Scott M. Jacksonville, Florida
Choose to book captain daves and remember to put on sunscreen. No matter the top situation, the water still reflects that light.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose to book captain daves and remember to put on sunscreen. No matter the top situation, the water still reflects that light.
Nathan  H.
Nathan H. Bend, OR
A trip of this kind with a Captain that knows his stuff like Brennan Merrell.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A trip of this kind with a Captain that knows his stuff like Brennan Merrell.
Timothy  L.
Timothy L. United States
Ocean can be choppy so bear in mind sea sickness but the captain was very accomodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ocean can be choppy so bear in mind sea sickness but the captain was very accomodating.
Jason  V.  B.
Jason V. B. Lincoln, NE
Just make sure that the Captain of the boat you choose has plenty of experience, because they know where the fish are going to be that day.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Just make sure that the Captain of the boat you choose has plenty of experience, because they know where the fish are going to be that day.
Sherry  S.
Sherry S. Jacksonville, Florida
Dramamine the night before and morning of. Plenty of sunscreen asHer be ready to be sore by the time the day is over.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dramamine the night before and morning of. Plenty of sunscreen asHer be ready to be sore by the time the day is over.
Francis  S.
Francis S. Elkhart, TX
Be prepared for the hot weather but fishing is red hot. Bring lots of drinks, rain gear and light clothing. August is terrific fishing and would recommend going out.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for the hot weather but fishing is red hot. Bring lots of drinks, rain gear and light clothing. August is terrific fishing and would recommend going out.
Jordan  B.
Jordan B. Saint Johns, FL
Unless you know people that fish tournaments or often, get a charter. They know all the spots. Best chance to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unless you know people that fish tournaments or often, get a charter. They know all the spots. Best chance to catch fish.
Rob  W.
Rob W. Lady Lake, FL
Be open minded and patient! The fish will come! The smaller tackle the better!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded and patient! The fish will come! The smaller tackle the better!
Sam  W.
Sam W. Orlando, Florida
Watch out for the afternoon storms they can sneak up on you and make you miserable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch out for the afternoon storms they can sneak up on you and make you miserable.
Bruce  N.
Bruce N. Orange Park, Florida
Remember, they call it fishing not catching. You will have good days and not so good days.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember, they call it fishing not catching. You will have good days and not so good days.
Mark  L.
Mark L. Lady Lake, FL
Excellent! You would have to go during this time to get some good fights and great people!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent! You would have to go during this time to get some good fights and great people!
Jeremiah  A.
Jeremiah A. Miami, FL
Try a short trip, 4 hours the first time. There are many to chose. Inshore is great if you have some experience casting. Off shore unless you get seasick. No casting experience required and the captains give quick lessons on reeling in a caught fish. Make sure one wear proper clothing, hats, long sleeve shorts recommended and take plenty of suntan lotion. Have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try a short trip, 4 hours the first time. There are many to chose. Inshore is great if you have some experience casting. Off shore unless you get seasick. No casting experience required and the captains give quick lessons on reeling in a caught fish. Make sure one wear proper clothing, hats, long sleeve shorts recommended and take plenty of suntan lotion. Have fun.
Stephen  V.
Stephen V. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Hoodoo Sportfishing Charters
Hoodoo Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Tim was great and Chris the mate took care of us. We had a great time and will be back soon!!!
Charles  J.
Charles J. PRNC FREDERCK, MD
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
The only bad part was it was to rough to go fishing. But, the captain of the boat was just fun to listen to and we just boated around in and out of port. I would recommend this charter and I will come back determined to do some fishing.
Martin  B.
Martin B. Jacksonville, FL
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Captain Troy was very knowledgeable of the area. He did a great job of keeping us in fish. We had a great time!
Nicole  D.
Nicole D. Jordan, MT
Hooker Charters & Guide Service
Hooker Charters & Guide Service
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(293 reviews)
Captain Bill worked very hard to get us fish. Customer friendly. Good time.
Kevin  Z.
Kevin Z. Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Set Em Up Fishing Charters
Set Em Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Awesome time, great memories,great trip.Captain Joe put us on the fish first stop out as well as the rest of the day. He met everyone's needs and was very helpful and informative. Clean boat and well kept equipment. Would definitely head out again with Captain Joe Curtis!
Adam  J.
Adam J. Nocatee, FL
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Awesome experience. Captain Nelson was very knowledgeable, adjusted to meet our needs and would definitely do it again. Highly recommend!!
Matthew  H.
Matthew H. Jacksonville, FL
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Great fishing trip with Capt Mike! Highly recommend and will be back soon.
Brad  S.
Brad S. Sherrills Ford, NC
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
We took a trip this am with Capt. Chris. No issues with boat, tackle or gear. We caught fish even though there was an approaching storm. Capt Chris went thought the effort to find us alternative sites until the weather forced us to come back early. He cleaned up our fish for us and even gave us a recommendation for a local restaurant that cooked our fresh fish when we left the dock. Over all had a good day of fishing out with my son and Capt Chris.
Jesse  R.
Jesse R. Lyons, GA
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Had a great time on the water today… although we only got an hour on the water, we all totally enjoyed Troy and our experience.. in just an hour we did catch 3 fish, got to know Troy, and realized we would like to spend more time with him … so we have already booked another excursion…
Anita  H.
Anita H. Jacksonville Beach, FL
Topwater Action Charters
Topwater Action Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Captain Mike was great and we had an awesome time. Mike got my grandson out and he had a great time and caught some nice Reds. Awesome day
Gary  H.
Gary H. Nocatee, FL
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
I booked this trip for a buddy and I and at the last minute my buddy canceled on me. Not to worry I went anyway wasn’t going to miss a day on the water fishing. Captain Troy is a great guy, after we introduced ourselves and I explained that it was just going to be me it was like Captain Troy became my fishing buddy and friend within a minute. It was a great day on the water I caught 9 different species of fish. I highly recommend taking a trip with Peel’n and Reel’n with Captain Troy.
Ricky  G.
Ricky G. Jacksonville, FL
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Peelin’ And Reelin’
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Really enjoyed fishing today ! We Caught some keepers ! Caption Troy was so helpful and really knows his stuff!! Fish on!!! :)
Michelle  R.
Michelle R. Mechanicsville, VA
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Had a new at experience until the conditions ended our day early. Captain Chris was great. Will try to do this again soon. Caught some fish but not what we could take home......
Edward  W.
Edward W. Ludowici, GA
Sea Dancer Charters
Sea Dancer Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Knowledgeable, hard working, wonderful captain, and lots of fish. Great trip
Josh  E.
Josh E. Kingsland, GA
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Started the day slow and dealt with some unforeseen bait problems but Chris ensured by the time we left we were happy with what we caught. Caught 2 big barracuda, which wasn’t what we were after but they were fun to catch. We also caught a few kingfish and Spanish mackerel which were delicious. Overall, Chris went above and beyond to ensure we had a good experience.
Sean  M.
Sean M. United States
Always Hookin Fishing Charters 31 Contender
Always Hookin Fishing Charters 31 Contender
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
A fishing trip with lifelong friends that surpassed expectations. The weather was perfect and the boat/equipment were impeccable. The captain was courteous, knowledgeable and patient with people who were novices. The fish were biting and the day flew by in a blur. I HIGHLY recommend Always Hookin Fishing Charters. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
Rich  B.
Rich B. United States
Team Buck Rogers – Drop Plan
Team Buck Rogers – Drop Plan
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Great trip water was bad rough 3 out of 4 of us were sick before we got to where we were going to fish so captain got us in some calmer water. Found some sharks and had a blast
Derek  H.
Derek H. Prattsville, AR
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Hott Pursuit Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Chris was awesome!! Had a great time and definitely recommend him and his boat!
Dale  C.
Dale C. Jacksonville, Florida
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Black Dog Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Very accommodating and knowledgeable Captain. Helpful, and patient with the family, even our Sheppard dog, We are ready to go again! Mackerel and Cobia were the catch of the day.
Charles  D.
Charles D. Trumann, AR
Hooker Charters & Guide Service
Hooker Charters & Guide Service
Fishing charter in Jacksonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(293 reviews)
By far the best charter to take in Jacksonville! Captain Bill picked the perfect location for us to catch fish upwards of 15 pounds and was there to help and assist along the way! My cousin even managed to land a 25 pound Amberjack! The bathroom onboard and the shaded top were perfect additions to make this the best charter! Bill was amazing as well and kept us entertained and informed the entire trip. We will definitely be back!
Ethan  S.
Ethan S. Lake Hamilton, AR