South Indian River: Jan. 2019

Indian River Fishing - black drum
Brody Flynn holding one of his black drum that he caught on a morning outing with dad, Rick, and Capt. Charlie. Brody caught lots of fish on his adventure! Photo credit: Capt. Charlie Conner.

The holidays are over and 2019 is upon us already.  Winter arrived a little early this year and the cold fronts have cooled the water down quite a bit already.  January is traditionally a cold month for the Treasure Coast and the weekly fronts will bring a few days of cooling things down for us to deal with.  Wearing layers is essential to cope with the temperature swings that can be as much as 40 degrees or more.  Plan your fishing on the Indian River Lagoon according to the weather forecasts and enjoy the fishing.

This month’s Indian River Lagoon species lineup

Lots of species are in the Indian River this month.  Pompano, sheepshead, drum and Spanish mackerel are all winter fish that arrive here as the water temps drop.  It’s an awesome time of year!  Fishing channel edges can find these fish lurking for an easy meal.  I like jigs in these places for our best results.  Bridges and docks will also be great places to target drum, sheepshead and redfish.  Try a D.O.A. shrimp or live bait when fishing these areas.  Don’t forget mangroves for redfish and snook as well.  Spanish mackerel will generally come in with the tides and can be found around the inlet areas.  Small shiny lures work best on them.

Best Indian River Lagoon fishing locations

Water temperatures can determine where you fish and how your fish.  Winds will give you another factor to adjust to.  As temps drop, move to deeper water areas for your best opportunities for catching fish.  Channel edges along the Indian River Lagoon are particularly productive in winter.  Fish the grass flats for redfish and trout as the sun gets higher in the mornings.  D.O.A. Deadly Combos are excellent tools for searching out trout and reds.

For best success, plan your trips carefully

January is typically a windy month and it will continue the tradition if recent weather gives you an insight to the coming month.  You might enjoy one or two days a week that is calmer but expect it to be windy most days.  Using the right ramps situated along the Indian River can make your day a little easier in dealing with the weather.  There are many ramps around the area that allow you to launch depending on wind direction.  The river can be rough some days, but you can still fish most days if you plan your trips carefully.  It is a great month to fish despite weather conditions that might not be to your liking.  2018 was an outstanding year for us and I expect this year to be even better!

Remember, fishing is not just another hobby, it’s an adventure!

Have a wonderful 2019!

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

Fort Pierce Black Drum
Walter with one of many black drum caught on an exciting morning out of Fort Pierce with friend, Paul. Photo credit: Capt. Charlie Conner.