The snook fishing at the St. Lucie Inlet and the docks along the St. Lucie River, especially Hell’s Gate has been excellent. Tarpon fishing at the Crossroads, the Jensen Causeway and Big Mud by the power plant has been good as well. Snook fishing at the Jupiter and Lake Worth spillways is also good right now. Swimbaits are working well. Fishing around the Boynton Inlet has been good for snook, tarpon, mangrove and dog snapper. Anglers fishing the inlet at night are catching permit using whole squid or live crabs.
In the Intracoastal Waterway there are tarpon rolling in the channel and bonefish and barracuda providing excellent action for anglers fly fishing the flats west and north of the inlet. Crazy Charlie Flies are working for bonefish and Needlefish Flies have been good for the barracuda.
The Lantana Bridge has been holding lots of baitfish including small threadfin herring and anglers are using them to catch short mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, snook and tarpon. Moonfish are hitting small yellow or white jigs at night around the bridge.
Remember, if fishing for snook it’s catch and release only until the season opens on Sept. 1.
On the lake the bass bite is still firing in the mornings! Swim jigs, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits are working well. Around mid- to late-morning anglers switching over to beaver-style baits or flipping jigs are reporting the best action. The bite backs off in the afternoons, but picks back up in the evenings with live shiners working well.
King Bar’s is still one of the hot spots and a few areas on the east side including J&S and Henry Creek are also working well. Bluegill are still biting in the rim canal and the river and are hitting worms, crickets and beetle spins.
LAKES OSBOURNE AND IDA
Looking for a fight? Hard-fighting bullseye snakeheads are hitting top water frog lures early in the morning and Streamer Flies in the afternoon along the banks of both lakes and their adjoining canals.