I put this as a journal entry to my page, becaue we still need to add the Suwanne AND Santa Fe Rivers to the Florida maps.
But I visited there again today, for the fourth time, and want to make a report somewhere, even here on the forum. I will copy and paste the report later when the waters are added to the list.
The report follows :
Water temp about 80 degrees.
"We launched from Branford, at the intersection of Rtes. 129 & 27 lies Ivey Memorial Park and there are two boat ramps maintained there. There are porta-johns and picnic tables, some with canopy roofs. There is parking for about 18 truck/trailer combos, and some car parking as well. No fee to park or launch a boat. There are restaurants and gas stations within walking distance of the park, and two blocks away on Rt 129 in Branford is "Spinners Bait & Tackle", a VERY well stocked bait store ( they are closed on Wednesdays ).
NOTE: Fishing tournaments are held on Wednesdays, in stretches of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers in Suwannee and Gilchrist counties. There are numerous high speed bass boats in the water on those days, so if you want quiet fishing, go ANY day besides Wednesday and you'll have a great time.
The water level is about normal for the time of year. At the Rt 27 overpass we measured about 8 feet in depth 25 feet from both sides, and about 12 in the middle.
This river holds various species of bass (including the Suwannee Bass), catfish and panfish.
My last visit on May 6th netted me two nice sized Blue Catfish. They made for a great dinner breaded and fried with some cheesy rice and green beans on the side. lol
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
The Suwannee River is inhabited by GULF STURGEON, a protected species and a potentially dangerous one. They grow to very large numbers, Some of the jumpers I saw were likely over 6-8 feet long, one looked ad big as my !# foot rowboat, as viewed from 30 yards away.
THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE JUMPERS. I have spoken with a Game Warden and he informs me people are sometimes injured by jumping fish, and there are also a small number of deaths associated with the Gulf Sturgeon.
The dangers are aggravated with boats at high speeds, as there is little time to avoid a jumping fish. I've been out there 4 times so far, and for the slower boaters or the anchored fisherman, the threat is negligible.
It's a beautiful place to visit and enjoy with the normal proper level of caution that goes with ANY kind of watersport.
I'll be back there often as it's only 15 minutes from home.