What's biting and what's working to put fish in the cooler for Polk County anglers.
Lots of recent rain has cooled area waters and picked up the bass bite. Moving water and creek areas have been especially productive.
Strike Zone, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
AROUND POLK COUNTY
1 Around Lakeland, at Saddlecreek bass have been good in the mornings on weightless flukes in watermelon red color. As the day progresses, deep points on the islands are producing bass. The bluegill bite is still good on red worms and crickets. Around town, Lake Bonny is producing bass in the lily pads. Lake Parker is producing both bass and bluegill with lots of bluegill coming from the pier. Lake Hollingsworth is producing specks in deep water during the day, reports Evan Wieber at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).
2 At Auburndale, there’s nothing to report from Auburndale this week. Around Lake Alfred, Lakes Haines and Rochelle have been really good for bass. Running water around the mouths of the canals and the culverts have been especially good for bass, big panfish, and catfish. Lakes Echo and Swoop are good for bluegill and shellcracker, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).
3 At Winter Haven, Lake Cannon has been good for bass up to s 6 pounds. Lake Summit and Lake Shipp are also good for bass. The mouths of the canals are good for both bass and bluegill. There’s still a good bite for bluegill and shellcracker on Lakes Eloise and Summit, reports Schelfo.
4 At Lake Hamilton, running water on the big lake is producing bass on swimbaits. Plastic worms and swimbaits are also producing some nice bass early. Decent numbers of bluegill and shellcracker are being caught on all three lakes, reports Mickey Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
5 At Lake Marion near Haines City, a few bass are being caught in the running water at Marion Creek. Bluegill and a mix of shellcracker are being caught on the east side of the lake, reports Mickey Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616). Bluegill and shellcracker are biting in the southeast corner, the channel by Bannon Island, and the pads around Marion Creek, reports Eileen O’ Leary at Bannon's Fish Camp (863-422-1223).
6 At Lake Pierce, the bass bite is scattered all over. Dark colored worms on the outside edges of the weeds have been best. Bluegill with a mix of shellcracker are being caught around Trout Point south to Catfish Creek, reports Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
7 At Lake Hatchineha, the bass bite is best early on the outside reeds and around peppergrass with plastic worms, Zoom Flukes, and Dartspins, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
8 At Lake Toho, the bass bite is best early in the morning and again late in the evening. Running water at the mouth of the St. Cloud Canal, the mouth of the Cypress Lake Canal, and Shingle Creek are good. “Wherever there’s current, you can catch bass. Carolina rigged worms and Rat-L-Traps have been best,” reports Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina (407-846-2124).
9 At Lake Kissimmee, look for flowing water on the entire chain. Topwaters, hollow body frogs, and Dartspins will produce bass early. Flipping the outside grass will also produce. Bluegill are biting in the lily pads around Philadelphia Point. Look for the thick pad fields, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
10 At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, the canals have been producing bass on frog baits. Jigs and crankbaits are also producing around the reeds. Berkley Pitbull 5.5 squarebill crankbaits are producing around the docks, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
11 At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, the water level is very high and the deeper brush piles are producing the best bass bite including a six-pounder this past weekend. Some bass are also biting along the weed edges. Good size catfish have been caught around Wirt’s Point this week, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing (863-638-1912).
12 At Frostproof, Lake Clinch is “on fire” for bass around running water on swimbaits, shiners, and deep diving crankbaits. The deep brush piles are producing on Carolina rigs. The bluegill bite is good there on red worms in 8 to 10 feet. At Lake Reedy, running water is also producing bass on the same baits. The bluegill bite is best there in 6 to 8 feet. Reedy is also producing some limits of specks. Lake Arbuckle also has a good bass bite around running water and in the pads on shiners. Specks are also biting while drifting the moving water there, reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520).
13 In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, with all the high water, flipping small, dark color creature baits in the cattails and buggywhips will produce the best bass bite. Topwaters are still producing real early and real late. The panfish numbers have dropped to just a few fish.