This month my tip is to get out there and explore some new fishing hole even if it isn’t a real secret to anyone else. I discovered a new fishing spot a few years ago that has proven to be a wonderful place to cast a line, go for a walk, hunt, or just sit along the river bank and read a book.
Tosohatchee Wildlife management Area is located in east Orange County between Rt 50 and SR 520 along the west bank of the St. Johns River and is well within reach of anyone in central Florida. You don’t even need a boat to enjoy some of the best fishing our area has to offer although it is helpful to either have a canoe or a kayak. Just being on the other side of the river can mean the difference between success and failure. I’ve seen it firsthand.
I've really come to enjoy throwing a fly or jig along a shore line without knowing what’s going to bite since the list of species is quite impressive and the variety of water types provides something for everyone. There's access to the St. Johns River, or roadside canals with bluegill and warmouth, and land-locked ponds containing enough variety of cover to keep any fish happy. Cattails, lily pads, and cypress trees surround the ponds, ensuring that every fish can find a hiding spot. Every nook and cranny deserves an exploratory cast. You just have to take the time to be thorough and patient.
Birders will have a field day if they venture to Tosohatchee since the varied terrain and habitat provide for a huge assortment of species. Black vultures, bald eagles, osprey, turkey, ducks of every imaginable species, woodpeckers, herons, ibis, and egrets only provide a glimpse of the huge number of feathered friends available for viewing. The vultures can be a bit spooky as they stand watch above the access roads waiting for something to become dinner. They roost on every power line and cypress tree along the route.
Wildlife of all manner abound in each and every section of the property. Scrub forests, plains, swamp, and river bottom attract large and small creatures alike. Everything from squirrels, to American alligators roam through the trees and the waterways. You never know what you're going to see next.
Brian "Beastman" Eastman
White River Fly shop