Roger's Florida

Monday, December 10, 2012

Juniper Run Kyaking and Fishing

From co-author Susan Young in sunny Florida: Juniper Run is one of those wilderness places that many paddle, but few fish.The sometimes-swift, clear water and brushy banks make it a serious challenge. And it's a four-hour, seven-mile run down the spring, human-powered craft only. Airboats and powerboats are not allowed to come up past the Wayside take-out and habitat restoration area. But besides the hungry sunfish, big gamefish swim up from Lake George, too. Anglers are not allowed in the actual spring boil, the launch area, the boardwalk, nor in the rental canoes. But most of the Run is available for fishing under Ocala National Forest's and FWC's rules. The lower half is "fishier." Lures that mimic brightly-colored bream, or fingerling mullet, might tempt a bass out from under his log.
Sunshine bass, bowfin, gar, and catfish could all swim 'way up the Run. They are looking for the usual fishy things: cover under banks, warm water, and food. Learn more about the Juniper Wildersness Run in the book we co-authored titled: 25 Kayak & Canoe Trips in East-Central Florida. Check it out at: or
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