1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass anglers had the best success this past week on lakes Pine, Tern, 2, 3, 5 and B. Most of the bass reported were in the 12-16 inch range with one large bass in the 26-27 inch group. Artificial worms and flukes have had the most success. Speck fishing was best on lakes Picnic and 5. The best lakes for panfish were Coronet, Fish Hook, Picnic, 5 and B. Lakes Coronet, Derby and C were best for catfish, reports FWC biologist Keaton Fish.
2 At Auburndale, Lake Ariana is still producing schoolie bass on crankbaits in the deeper water. Topwater lures are producing early along the shorelines in most of the lakes in the area. Around Lake Alfred, all the lakes have a good panfish bite on crickets and red worms. More bluegill than shellcracker though, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).
3 At Winter Haven, on the south chain, the bass bite is good for schoolie size fish on spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Topwaters early and late in the day will get the bite as well. Most of the mouths of the canals have a good bluegill bite, reports Ron Schelfo.
4 At Lake Hamilton, areas with running water have been good for bass on the middle and little lake this week. Senkos and plastic worms fished early, has been best. The big lake is producing a mix of bluegill and shellcracker on crickets and red worms, reports Mickey Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
5 At Lake Marion near Haines City, anglers are still catching 30 or so bluegill a trip on grass shrimp. “The bite has been spread out all over the lake, but I noticed county airboats out spraying the lake on Tuesday, so that may affect some spots,” reports Eileen O’ Leary at Bannon's Fish Camp (863-422-1223).
6 At Lake Pierce, there’s a pretty good bass bite for fish up to five pounds on crankbaits and plastic worms. Panfish anglers are still getting a pretty good bluegill bite on crickets and red worms, reports Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
7 At Lake Hatchineha, bass fishing has been good while flipping the reeds with Bridgemaster Senkos in black and blue with blue tip and “Blank Check” colors, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
8 At Lake Toho, the bass bite has been good this week. During the I Cast Cup Tourney this week, two teams, both with 22 pounds each, shared first place. Most of the fish were caught early on topwaters, then 10 inch worms later in the day. Speedworms also produced a good bite. Live shiner fishing is still producing 15-20 fish a trip for those anglers. Some bluegill are being caught here and there, reports Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina (407-846-2124).
9 At Lake Kissimmee, the bass bite has been good early on topwater frogs and buzzbaits. Later on in the day, switch to flipping jigs and Senkos on the outside grass. Brahma Island and Jack’s Slough have been the best areas for the bass this week. Brahma Island also has a good bluegill bite in the lily pads on crickets and red worms, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
10 At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bass have been good at the mouths of the creeks with moving water. Plastic worms and suspending jerk baits will get the bite. "The bluegill are biting good in the lily pads on crickets and red worms,” reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
11 At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, lots of limits of bass have been caught and a five pounder took big fish during a tournament this week. On Sunday and Monday, two different anglers were out chasing shellcracker around Wirt’s Point. “They came out two days in a row, so I know they caught fish,” reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing (863-638-1912).
12 At Frostproof, “I had a guide trip on Lake Clinch Wednesday and my two anglers caught 22 bass on live shiners with the big fish weighing five pounds. We were fishing the brush piles and humps in deep water 20-25 foot deep. Topwater baits should also produce early, but working the deeper water is producing best right now,” reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520). Bluegill are biting good on crickets around the creeks with running water on both Lakes Clinch and Reedy. Lake Reedy is producing specks on minnows deep around the brush piles, Childress said.
13 In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, bass are hitting off the shore points on live shiners and plastic worms in junebug color. The bluegill bite is still good on crickets and red worms. The catfish bite has turned on pretty good this week, reports David Andress of Mulberry Bait Company (863-943-4009).