Fishing Report from For Shore Fishing.
By Michael Wilson / Ledger correspondent Largemouth Bass—Despite the storms, the large mouth bass bite remains good around Polk County. There’s not many big fish to speak of, but fish 3-6 pounds are producing a steady bite. Strike Zone, 1-4, 6-13 Around Polk County 1. Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc the best bass bite was on lakes 5, B, and Lost Lake West. and Legs. Most of the bass reported 10-16 inches. This week there was one large bass between 24-25 inches. Anglers are having the most success fishing with crank baits in deep water. For the specks, Lake B and Picnic Lake provided the best catch. The best panfish bite this past week was in lakes Derby, 5, B, Picnic, and Pine Lakes. For catfish, Lakes B, C, and Pine had the best bite, reports FWC biologist Keaton Fish.
- At Auburndale, lots of shellcracker and the bluegill bite is real good. In between the rains, there’s nice size fish and some limits off of Lake Rochelle. At Lake Alfred, lots of bluegills along the shorelines. In Auburndale there’s been good panfish bite on Lake Ariana and Lake Juliana, with a few specks on Ariana. Bass real good on Lake Rochelle, with a 7 pound fish caught. Lots of schooling bass on lipless crank baits and topwaters. Lakes Alfred, Haines, and Juliana producing lots of 4-5 pound fish, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956- 4990).
- At Winter Haven, Lake Howard has been excellent for panfish and Lake Shipp pretty good as well. Bass real good on topwaters and lipless crank bait along the shorelines and some of the brush piles. Most fish 3-6 pounds. Lipless crankbaits or topwaters are best. Canal mouths and culverts have been really good for bass and catfish with runoff from the rain, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956- 4990).
- At Lake Hamilton, bass anglers flipping the reeds with Senkos and creature baits are still catching small fish in the mornings. Shellcrackers still good in the morning on worms. Bluegills being caught on red worms, grass shrimp, and crickets in the lily pads and along the grass lines and patches.
- At Lake Marion near Haines City, “We were going with near limits on panfish using grass shrimp, then suddenly with the serious storms the past few days, no one has been able to stay out. We had a bass tournament Saturday, but only five boats showed and one left early reporting only four small fish,” reports Eileen O’ Leary at Bannon’s Camp (863-422- 1223).
- At Lake Pierce, the bass bite has been fair on darker color worms. A tournament this past week took first place with a 17.8 pound total weight and a 4.14 pound big fish. There’s been some bluegill this past week on worms and crickets, reports Mike McKee of Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
At Lake Hatchineha, bass fishing is still good along the grass lines on the outside edges The same area is good for bluegill on crickets and worms. Areas where they are feeding on the blind mosquitos is best. The mouth of the canal has a good catfish bite, reports Leo Cosce at Camp Lester (863-696- 1123).
- At Lake Toho, bass 3-5 pounds good in the mornings on live shiners. The best bite is from about 6:30 to 9:30 am. The artificial bite has been slow with not too many anglers out during the day. Not much to report on the panfish, reports Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina (407-846-2124).
- At Lake Kissimmee, bass bite has been good along the outside in the grass and reeds while flipping creature baits and jigs. Topwater frogs and Devil Horses good as well. The bottom end of Kissimmee is producing on spinnerbaits and topwater around hydrilla. Lake Tiger has a good panfish bite on red worms, wigglers, and crickets. The catfish bite is good in the river, reports Chuck Metheny at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676- 1009).
- At Lake Walk-in- the-Water, bass pretty decent on topwaters and creature baits in the south end of the lake, reports Chuck Metheny at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
- At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, the biggest bass this past week was 5 pounds. The bite has been hit or miss with the weather. The catfish bite has been good with fish in the 2 lb range along the docks, but there’s not lot of anglers out with all the rain, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob’s Landing (863-638- 1912).
- At Frostproof, the water is high in Lake Reedy and spinner baits are still a good bet early for bass. Later in the day, fish the pepper grass patches with 8-10 inch worms, A few docks are now holding good fish in the middle of the day on worms and square bill crank baits. There’s a few panfish deep on wigglers, reports Gregg Watts of Eagle Lake.
- In the phosphate pits near Mulberry and Bartow, there’s been some big bass caught on Lake Buffum with a 12.5 pound caught and two 8 pounders. Bluegills have been good in the pits, but no limits. Anglers are getting 15-16 fish at a time with crickets the best bait, reports Dale Bailey at DB’s Bait and Tackle in Bartow (863-533- 0624).