Make sure to do your research the St Johns River has strict rules pertaining to fishing and exploring the river. Here are a couple of things to consider when planning your fishing trip. Fishing License– Anglers 16 and up will need a license to cast independently. Because the St John River is brackish water, both salt, and freshwater, you will need to get both a fresh and saltwater license. Florida residents can get a combination license. One exception is when fishing with a local charter operator their saltwater license will cover you.
For More Information about Florida Fishing Licenses read the Florida Fish and Wildlife FAQ as well as Fresh Water Regulations and SaltWater Regulations. Important Largemouth Bass rule for the St John River Water Management Area of Farm 13 including Stick Marsh, Brevard, and Indian River Counties: You’ll need to release any Bass you hook immediately.