What's biting and what's working to put fish in the cooler for Polk County anglers.
Around Polk County
1 Around Lakeland at Saddlecreek bass fishing has been good the last few days especially on topwater frog baits. The bluegill bite is starting to slow down, but they’re catching some on crickets and red worms. At Tenoroc, Lakes 3 and 5 are producing bass while “slow rolling” a finesse worm through the island channels. Around town, Lake Parker has good bass action on topwaters early and while flipping the hyacinth mats. The bluegill bite is also good at Parker as well as Lake Bonny. Deeper water at Lake Hollingsworth is producing some specks, reports Evan Wieber at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).
2 At Auburndale, nothing to report this week from Auburndale, but Lakes Alfred, Haines, and Rochelle are producing limits of big shellcracker on red worms around the culverts along with bass and catfish. The bass are mostly in the two to three-pound range and Rat-L-traps and shiners are getting the best bite, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).
3 At Winter Haven, bass are being caught around the chain on shiners and motor oil flake color worms. A few bluegill are biting here and there. The catfish bite is pretty good at Lake Shipp, reports Chuck Roberts of Caribbean Bay Bait & Tackle (863-292-9755).
4 At Lake Hamilton, “some bluegill were caught over Labor Day weekend, but that’s all I’ve heard about with the storm,” reports Matt Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
5 At Lake Marion near Haines City, the storm kept many anglers from hitting the water, but some bass were caught on topwater lures fished early on the grass lines. A few bluegill were also caught, reports Matt Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
6 At Lake Pierce, not many anglers were out this week with the storm, but some bass and bluegill were caught, reports Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
7 At Lake Hatchineha, bass are schooling early at the mouths of the creeks at the north end of the lake. Bone colored Heddon Zara Spooks and silver color Bomber jerk baits have been producing, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
8 At Lake Toho, the bass bite has been tough, it’s been mostly schoolie size fish in the moving water. The bigger bass have moved into cover with the barometer drop and the passing storm. Specks are schooling up around the channel markers in deeper water in the eight to 10-foot range, reports Mike Morse at mikemorsefishing.com.
9 At Lake Kissimmee, the lake level is down a foot since last week. Bass have been good in the running water on deep diving crankbaits in natural shad color and Zoom Ole Monster Worms in junebug color with ½ oz. weight. Bluegill have slowed down since last week, but North Cove and the south end of Bird Island in the pads are producing a few fish, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
10 At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bass are being caught early up shallow around the reeds. Leopard color Spro Frogs or watermelon red color Zoom Flukes are producing. Bluegill and shellcracker are still being caught around the pads and grass on crickets and red worms, reports Chuck Metheney at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
11 At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, some schoolie size bass are being caught on topwaters early in the morning around the submerged docks. “This past weekend, two anglers caught 30 shellcracker, but they wouldn’t say where,” reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing (863-638-1912).
12 At Frostproof, bass fishing has been pretty good at Lakes Arbuckle and Reedy around the mouths of the creeks and in the pads on shiners and spinnerbaits. Both lakes also produced some bluegill around moving water. Reedy is also producing some bass early in the morning on shiners fished off the edges of the grass, reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520).
13 In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, before this past weekend, bass fishing was good on white spinnerbaits and Senko style plastics fished around hydrilla. A slow presentation produced the most bites.