Indian River Lagoon: May 2021

Domenic, 5, caught his first snook with the family while fishing in Fort Pierce. Photo credit: Capt. Charlie Conner.

Summer is almost upon us.  People are traveling this year. I think they are exhausted from last years COVID closures and restrictions. It’s good to see so many friends and new friends out in the boat. The heat of summer will be here soon.  Water temperatures are on the rise. We actually enjoyed some spring weather in April! Look for May to provide lots of fishing action around the Treasure Coast!

Snook fishing will be good this month with night or early morning the best times to fish. The season will close May 31. Inlets, bridges, seawalls and docks are all great places to target snook I like to target redfish in May. Some good choices for lures will be gold spoons and the D.O.A. 2 ¾-inch Shrimp. Redfish will be active on the grass flats, mangroves and docks around the river. Look for trout to hit top water lures at first light. As the sun rises move to deeper water in the two- to four-foot range. I have had great success with C.A.L. jerk baits and Deadly Combos this year in place of live shrimp. Look for clean water and good grass to have your best results.

Mackerel have been coming in with the tides. Fish bridges and docks for sheepshead, snapper and drum. Jacks and ladyfish will be just about everywhere creating havoc all over the river. Beaches will produce whiting with catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish along with some pompano. Tarpon will begin their trek into the river. May is a great month to fish the Treasure Coast!

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

FORECAST BY: Capt. Charlie Conner
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