1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass were best this past week on lakes 2, 3, 5, F, and Shop. Most bass reported were 12-16 inches, but there were three large bass over 23 inches with one in the 25-26 inch group. Flukes and artificial worms were the most productive baits. Speck fishing is still best on lakes 3 and 5. The best lakes for panfish were Cemetery, Halfmoon, 5, A, and B. Lakes Derby and B were best for catfish, reports FWC biologist Keaton Fish.
2 At Auburndale, anywhere there is running water the fishing is real good. Lake Juliana has been best for bass and some shellcracker. The canal between Lakes Juliana and Mattie has been real good. Lakes Alfred, Haines and Rochelle are very good for schoolie size bass. Lake Rochelle is also producing bigger bass up to eight pounds with plenty in the four to five pound range. Bluegill and shellcracker are good on all three lakes as well, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).
3 At Winter Haven, Lake Shipp is best for shoreline fishing this week. Bass, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish are all being caught there. The areas around the mouths of all the canals on the south chain are productive for schoolie size bass up to four pounds, reports Ron Schelfo.
4 At Lake Hamilton, the bass bite is great early, from daylight to around 9 a.m. Both the middle and little lake are producing some real nice fish. Plastic worms in the deeper water pockets, just outside the lily pad lines will get the bite. The big lake has been good for bluegill and shellcracker, reports Mickey Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
5 At Lake Marion near Haines City, “I don’t have much of a report this week. Two regular anglers have been going out daily and I know they must be catching fish, but I just haven’t talked to them,” reports Eileen O’ Leary at Bannon's Fish Camp (863-422-1223).
6 At Lake Pierce, bass fishing is good for smaller size bass. Anglers are getting up to 10 fish a trip, but there’s not many fish over five pounds. A good mix of bluegill and shellcracker are being caught on crickets and red worms by Catfish Creek. Anglers are averaging 10-12 fish a morning, reports Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
7 At Lake Hatchineha, the bass bite is good while flipping the reeds with Senkos and Medlock Double-Guard Jigs with a trailer. The bluegill are still biting good in the reeds and lily pads, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
8 At Lake Toho, “They’re still slaying the bass on live shiners and the artificial bite for schoolie bass is picking up early and late on topwaters, Carolina Rigs, and such,” reports Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina (407-846-2124). Specks are biting good on jigs tipped with minnows in deeper water around Makinson and Paradise Islands. They’re catching 15-20 specks a day, reports Detweiler.
9 At Lake Kissimmee, bass are good early on topwaters and popping frogs in the lily pads. Later on, try flipping jigs or Senkos on the outside grass. The bluegill are biting good on red worms in the lily pads around Rabbit and Bird Islands. Bluegill are also biting good in Tiger Lake, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
10 At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, “As long as the creeks are flowing, casting Rattletraps, shallow crankbaits, and Carolina Rig worms, will produce bass,” reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009). A few bass coming in while casting Zoom Horny Toads in the grass early and while flipping the reeds later in the day. The bluegill are biting good on red worms in the lily pads, reports Metheney.
11 At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, big bass up to seven pounds are still being caught on live shiners in the deeper water up by Webber University. Some schoolie bass are being caught on crankbaits in the reeds along the U.S. 27 side, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing (863-638-1912).
12 At Frostproof, at Lake Clinch, bass fishing is good early on topwater baits such as frogs and the River2Sea Whopper Plopper. The bluegill bite is real good there too, mostly on crickets, but some on red worms. Bluegill and shellcracker are also good at Lake Reedy, but better on red worms there. Little Crooked Lake is good for bluegill on crickets, reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520).
13 In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, the bass have been hitting moving baits such as swim jigs with white and chartreuse trailers and Gambler EZ Swimmers in Ice Breaker color. The bluegill are spawning and biting on crickets and red worms. Some nice shellcracker are being caught on the bottom with red worms, reports David Andress of Mulberry Bait Company (863-943-4009).
Compiled By Michael Wilson,