Florida Bass Fishing
It is of no surprise to us at Bass Fishing Techniques or to the residents of Florida that the freshwater fishing there is some of the best in the US. Florida has 3 clubs in Collier County. They welcome visitors from out of town and have ample amenities and lodgings available. They also have boats and equipment for hire.
Anglers in Florida are faced with a tough decision about where to fish due to the fact that they have over 7000 lakes to choose from. Here at Bass Fishing Techniques we have compiled a list our personal top 10 bass fishing hot spots.
1. Lake Tohopekaliga
Most anglers here target the larger trophy bass. Anglers here use live golden shiners during early spring. These shiners are fished inshore near to the vegetation or topped-out hydrilla . Plastic baits such as worms or crawfish pulled along grass edges, hydrilla, and bulrush will also catch quality-sized bass. Spinners, soft jerk baits and chugging baits can also prove very productive.
2. Lake George
Lake George is a beautiful natural lake situated on the St. John s River. It has extensive vegetation that provides an excellent habitat for bass. Here at Bass Fishing Techniques we recommend wader fishing in the eelgrass with plastic worms fished on the surface, and other top water artificial lures prove very productive time and time again. Fishing with live shiners is an excellent method for catching yourself a trophy bass during the spring spawning season.
3. Lake Walk-In-Water
This lake is situated just south of Orlando and to the east of Lake Wales. It is just south of S.R. 60. This lake has an outstanding reputation for its largemouth bass. 4 – 8 pound bass are common and bags of 25+ frequent. Anglers regularly report catching trophy bass of over 10 pounds. There are some rules in place here. There is a 15 - 24 inch slot limit and anglers are allowed may keep 3 bass per day, which are either under or over the protected slot range. Only one bass greater than or equal to the 24 inch slot range is allowed.
4. Stick Marsh Reservoir
Summer hurricanes in 2004 drastically reduced the levels of hydrilla throughout this reservoir. This affects the location of the bass and anglers should keep this in mind when trying to pattern fish. Bass can be located throughout this reservoir among a variety of habitats including submerged canals and woody stump fields. Plastic worms, spinners, crank baits, soft jerk baits, and top water propeller baits are effective. Wild golden shiners are the top choice for anglers looking to catch that trophy bass.
5. Deer Point Lake
Deer Point Lake is a popular largemouth bass fishing destination in Florida s panhandle area near Panama City. Plastic worms, spinners, crank baits, soft jerk baits, and top water propeller baits are most effective on this lake.
6. Suwannee River
The Suwannee River is an excellent black water stream that flows 213 miles in Florida from the swamp-like region at the Georgia border to salt-marsh tidal creeks at the Gulf of Mexico. This river has an excellent reputation for its trophy largemouth bass.
7. Lake Kissimmee
Lake Kissimmee is the largest of the 5 main lakes on the renowned Kissimmee River of central Florida. Lake Kissimmee is famous for producing high quality fishing. Many tournament anglers on Lake Kissimmee are boasting winning weights of 18 to 20 pounds of bass. The results of a survey indicated that bass anglers had an excellent catch rate of 0.54 fish per hour during spring 2004.
8. Rodman Reservoir
Rodman Reservoir, east of Gainesville and south of Palatka, covers over 9,500 acres of prime largemouth bass habitat. Since the reservoirs creation in 1968, Rodman Reservoir has been known for trophy largemouth bass.
9. The Everglades
The Everglades are situated in the south Florida marshlands and they are intersected with over 200 miles of canals. Most anglers prefer to fish the canals rather than the marsh. Anglers will often work canal edges with plastic worms, soft jerk baits, and minnow imitations. Flipping the vegetation is also a popular technique and yields good results.
10. Lake Tarpon
Anglers who frequent this lake are most successful when flipping or pitching plastic worms along canal and bulrush edges. Offshore bass fishing is very productive for anglers who fish around ledges, humps, coontail, and eelgrass beds. Popular lures to use offshore include shad-imitating jigs, crank baits, jerk baits and top water baits. Fishing with wild shiners and live shad is also very effective.