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Tomoka River

Anyone ever fish there? Its on my list of places to try, but only want to make the 1.5 hour drive if its a somewhat decent fishery. 


  • ShoNuffNoahShoNuffNoah Posts: 200 Deckhand
    It is an excellent fishery.  I am south of there but have friends that do outstanding there. Sorry i don’t  have info to share, but it is a great area.
  • cmhairecmhaire Posts: 188 Deckhand
    Thank you! Not looking for specific spots, just wanted to know if its worth exploring! I’ll be headed there soon 
  • hunterjwhunterjw Posts: 463 Deckhand
    I would have to say the opposite. Traveling 1.5 hours to the tomoka River is not worth your time.  There are many areas within 30 min of there that are much better.
    There are fish such as small tarpon, snook etc.

    Tides and salinity are factors with where fish are in the river.  It is kind of neat to catch bass and saltwater species on the same water 
    With this being said it is an absolutely beautiful ride in the winter up the river.  You can eat by boat on river around us1 on at the river grille 
    About an hour of speed zones if effect FYI 
    "He who hoots with the owls at night will not soar with the eagles at dawn"

  • One DropOne Drop Posts: 441 Deckhand
    Im afraid hunterjw is 100% correct. It's a beautiful place but hit or miss. I live at the eastern edge of the Tomoka Basin which is an alcove/mudflat just off the western channel of the ICW/Halifax river, adjacent to the park. It's fishy but my kitchen window literally looks out and I watch people catch nada all day. No grass, a few oyster bars and best time to fish is literally the golden hour, last 45min of light. Lot's of bait and hungry predators come out as soon as the boat traffic dies down. Fishing picks up in march and it's worth a ride to check it off your list and Rivergrille on the Tomoka is a great place to eat on the water. Fish the incoming by the bridges and hit the mosquito canal cuts on the outgoing. Gulp shrimp is my fav there. Lot's of cast's, spank the bank hardcore and you should dredge a redfish out. Snook show up when it warms. Good luck. 
  • cmhairecmhaire Posts: 188 Deckhand
    Thanks for all the info!! I will definitely wait until its consistently warm out then before I make the trip. I appreciate ya’ll that responded. 
  • One DropOne Drop Posts: 441 Deckhand
    CM check out Mike D's youtube channel Jettie Rocks Fishing I believe. He has a good informative video fishing black drum in Tomoka state park. He's always dialed in. 
  • cmhairecmhaire Posts: 188 Deckhand
    Thats where I discovered it! When he took his wife black drum fishing under the bridge there. Been wanting to check it out ever since. I’m going to venture down sometime in March, as long as the weather stays consistently warmer. 
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