The lake is approximately 37 miles long by 30 miles wide, totaling over 730 square miles with an average depth of only 10 feet. To fishermen nationwide, it’s renowned for the number of bass it contains per acre. Lake Okeechobee also produces more bass over 7 pounds than any lake in Florida and the United States.
Everglades continue to provide shelter, not only for diverse wildlife, but also for the sensitive yet integral wetlands ecosystem in which they live. Called pa-hay-okee (grassy water) by the Seminoles, the Everglades is a wide expanse of mostly sawgrass, hammock-peppered land that extends from Lake Okeechobee in the north to Florida Bay in the south.
Similar to most of the Florida lakes medium to large Wild Shiners are the best producers for trophy fish. However, many lunkers are taken on soft plastics, Carolina rigs, Rat’l Traps, crank baits, soft plastic jerk baits, and suspending hard plastic jerk baits are one of the favorites of the local fishermen. To read about what’s hot when Lake Toho fishing check out these Lake Toho Fishing Reports.
Lake Osborne is a 356-acre water body located in Palm Beach County. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, spatterdock, and hydrilla. Nine fish attractors have been constructed on the lake and are marked with buoys. Fish present in Lake Osborne include largemouth bass, sunshine bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids.
While there’s not an abundant wildlife and colorful bird section like the Everglades has to offer, there are plenty of fish which are quickly accessible from most of south east coast and especially Palm Beach. Live bait as well as artificial lures work most all year around and because of the remote location it is well protected from most fail weather which would normally interrupt your day of fishing. There’s not another place in south Florida that’s more convenient and accessible to vacationers, business travelers or just local fishermen that want to learn how to fish the canal and lakes of South Florida. For more people worms and crickets are the choice baits for panfishing, although jigs and beetle spins will also work.
Lake Kissimmee is a 34,948-acre lake located 40 miles south of Orlando and 18 miles east of Lake Wales. Late spring/early summer can be a good time to enjoy some outstanding success while fishing for bass on Lake Kissimmee. Warmer water temperatures during this period will help increase bass foraging activity which should relate to good fishing. Likely places for anglers to try their luck will be the south shore of Brahma Island, native vegetation communities (knotgrass, maidencane, lily-pads and bulrush) around 7-Palms in North Cove, Philadelphia Point, Lemon Point and around the mouth of Tiger Cove.
Don’t be surprised if you have not heard of this lake, you will start hearing more about Lake Weohyakapka (A.K.A. Lake Walk In Water), Polk County’s largest body of water and “best kept fishing secret”. While conversation amongst anglers frequently center on lakes like Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Toho and the Everglades, Lake Walk-In-Water has quietly and consistently churned out magnificent catches of largemouth bass.
Lake Walk On Water
Stick Marsh was a marsh. It was full of trees that were tall and brush and some wild fruit trees. There were swampy areas and areas not so wet. The entire area was surrounded on all four sides by canals. In the late 1980s, the St. John’s River Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers initiated a project to restore the drained marshland and to construct reservoirs, canals and levees that would offer a new level of flood protection. The water flowed over the top of the inside levies and filled up the stickmarsh. This created, Stick Marsh the lake. The FWC then stocked the area, brush, trees and vegetation still intact, with gamefish.