Florida Adventures

Florida’s not just known as the ” Fishing Capital of the World” for its saltwater fishing, for freshwater anglers there are few better places in the World to fish for bass than Florida. Especially the central part of the state which contains dozens of some of the best bass fishing in the region. While there are many lakes in Florida,they don’t get any better than the lakes that I have listed below.

Lake Okeechobee

Florida’s largest lake and second largest lake in America is Okeechobee or the  “ Big O”  for people who find it hard to pronounce.  Home to some of the worlds biggest touraments  (Bassmaster Elite Series)  Okeechobee is nearly 450,000 acres ( 730 square miles) of bass fishing paradise.  The lake averages around 9 feet in dept and contains a lot of vegetation, something rather unique for a lake of its size.  Okeechobee is primarily a catch and release fishery as only one bass 22 inches may be kept.  The north end of the lake and Moonshine Bay on the west side are the biggest producers of bass, but success can be found anywhere along the weedline.

Fishing Techiniques:  Flipping and pitching in cover with plastic worm, rattling crankbaits in the more open water.

Lake Istokpoga

 

For anglers who prefer a little more privacy when they fish, Lake Istokpoga doesn’t get anywhere near the exposure of Okeechobee or Kissimmee, but it’s bass fishery is just as good as any lake in the state of Florida.  Over 27,000 acres in size, Istokpoga is rather shallow, little more than 6 feet in spots, and contains a variety of  different cover (lots of bulrush and cattails).  This South Central lake hits its peak for bass fishing in the cooler months, especially in April and October.  For spring and summer, stick to the southern part of the lake for the best results as it grows the most vegetation, which the bass love to take cover in.  Arbuckle Creek enters into the Northhwest corner of the lake,  hotspots for bass prespawn and spawning stages.

Fishing Techiniques :    Top water lures, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits work well in the warmer months, in open water use rattling crankbaits.

 

 

Largemouth Bass Species Identification.

Weight up to 22lbs (10 kgs)

Types of water  Lakes, ponds,rivers,and creeks.

Distribution North America from Canada to Northern Mexico.

Fishing Methods  Bait, Lure and fly fishing.

A member of the black bass family, which are active and sometimes cannibalistic predators, the largemouth bass has a upper jaw that extends to behind its eye, hence the name.  This species feeds predominantly  on smaller fish, frogs and crayfish, but does not feed during spawning.  As the water warms up, so does its metabolism: the preferred temperature for feeding are from 50 to 80 degrees  F ( 20 -27 degrees  C )  Like all specics of black bass, the largemouth bass thrives in clear water with either overgrown banks or extensive reed beds. The biggest largemouth bass are found in the rivers of Florida.  

 

 

 

Florida Freshwater Fishing Licence

If you are planning on freshwater fishing in Florida, for largemouth bass, panfish or any other freshwater species you will need to get a Florida Fishing Licence. Please click on the following link for options on how you can purchase your Florida  Licence. http://www.bassonline.com/fishing_license.html.