South Indian River Inshore-Nearshore Fishing Forecast – April 2012

Redfish caught in the Indian River photo
Darren Danowski of New York vacationing here with his family enjoyed a day on the Indian River. The redfish was caught on a DOA Shrimp. Photo credit: Capt. Charlie Conner.

As March blows out of the area, you can still plan on plenty of windy days in April. It’s a transition month, as the weather progresses from spring into summer patterns. Warm days will bring the water temperatures up into the high 60’s and low 70’s. Plan on getting out early in the morning, before the wind wakes up later in the day; at least the winds won’t have that cold chill as April settles into the Treasure Coast.

Redfish and trout will be active around the flats. They will be shallow early and gradually move to the edges of the flats as the sun gets higher in the sky. Look to areas like Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island for trout to be feeding on the flats. On a calm morning, break out the topwater lures and switch to jerk baits, like a DOA CAL 4” Arkansas Glow. Shallow running MirrOlures will also entice the trout into biting. Don’t forget to use the Deadly Combo for more exciting trout action on the grass flats. There has been a lot of redfish activity throughout March and it should make April a fantastic month. Redfish can be found on sandy flats around the docks, or try the Moorings and Bear Point for a chance at a nice size red. DOA Shrimp or CAL grub tails in root beer or glow colors are great ways to find a redfish, along with a trusty gold spoon.

Snook will be around, but not the main target, since they are out of season. They will be feeding as the water warms, so catch and release them carefully. Docks will hold sheepshead, jacks, redfish and many other species. I like either a DOA Shrimp or TerrorEyz around docks. Fish them slowly to keep them under the dock as long as possible. Drop a live shrimp or pinfish under a dock as well, for a great chance at hooking up.

Bridges will continue to hold sheepshead, jacks, bluefish and some black drum. The big jacks will be invading the river this month; maybe not great to eat, but a tough battle on light tackle. The inlet will continue to hold bluefish, jacks and mackerel.

The water has stayed warmer this year and we have enjoyed fishing the shallow water for a change. Early morning can bring lots of good results this time of year. Good Fishing and be safe.

FORECAST BY: Capt. Charlie Conner
Captain Charlie’s Fish Tales Charters
Phone: (772) 284-3852