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  • Writer's pictureKim J Torno

The Best Bass Fishing Spots in Florida

Although Florida is well-known for its excellent saltwater fishing, the state's excellent freshwater fishing has yet to attract the same level of attention. Residents of this state are aware, however, that Collier County is home to three very active freshwater clubs.

Tourists and out-of-state bass fishermen are welcome to stay here because of the amenities and lodging available. Boats and equipment can be rented, which is very convenient for travelers.

Anglers sometimes have a difficult time deciding where to fish in Florida because there are over 7,500 lakes to choose from. The importance of taking into account the lakes cannot be overstated. The following list of Top Bass Fishing Areas with Bass Fishing Rentals is intended to assist anglers in locating a quality location where they can catch large numbers of bass or a trophy bass.

  • Lake George

The St. Johns River has many natural lakes, including Lake George. It has a lot of vegetation, which makes it a great place for bass to live. Wade fishing with plastic worms fished on the surface and other top water artificial lures in eelgrass is effective. During the spring spawning season, fishing with live shiners is an excellent way to catch trophy bass.

  • Stick Marsh Reservoir

Anglers can find bass in a variety of habitats throughout the reservoir, including woody stump fields, submerged canals, and hydrilla. Hurricanes in the summer of 2004 drastically reduced hydrilla levels throughout the reservoir, affecting where bass can be found. When trying to pattern fish, anglers should keep this in mind. Topwater propeller baits, plastic worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are all effective. Anglers looking to catch a trophy fish should target wild golden shiners.

  • Lake tohopekaliga

During the early spring, most anglers here target trophy bass with live golden shiners. Shiners are caught near native vegetation or topped-out hydrilla near the beach. Quality-sized bass can also be caught with plastic baits (worms, crawfish, and lizards) flipped along grass edges, hydrilla, and bulrush. At times, spinnerbaits, soft jerkbaits, and chugging baits can be very effective.

  • Kissimmee Lake

Lake Kissimmee is the largest of five major water bodies on central Florida's famous Kissimmee River. Lake Kissimmee is known throughout the country for producing excellent fishing. Anglers on Lake Kissimmee are winning tournaments with winning weights of 18 to 20 pounds of bass. Bass anglers had an excellent catch rate of 0.54 fish per hour during spring 2004 according to the results of an angler survey.

  • Rodman Reservoir

Rodman Reservoir is a 9,500-acre largemouth bass habitat east of Gainesville and south of Palatka. Rodman Reservoir has been known for trophy largemouth bass since its inception in 1968.

  • Lake Tarpon

Anglers who flip or pitch plastic worms along canal and bulrush edges have the most success in this lake. Anglers who fish around ledges, humps,

coontail, and eelgrass beds can catch a lot of bass offshore. Jigs that imitate shad, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater baits are all popular lures offshore. It's also possible to catch fish with wild shiners and live shad.

  • Lake Walk-In-Water

The lake is located just south of S.R. 60, south of Orlando and east of Lake Wales. Lake Walk-in-Water is well-known throughout the country as a great place to catch largemouth bass. Anglers can catch up to 25 bass per day, with several of them weighing four to eight pounds. Every year, the lake produces a large number of trophy bass weighing more than ten pounds. To help maintain quality bass fishing, a 15- to 24-inch slot limit regulation and a three-bass daily bag limit have been implemented. Anglers are allowed to keep three bass per day, either under or over the protected slot range, with only one bass larger than or equal to 24 inches.

  • Istokpoga Lake

Istokpoga is Florida's fifth largest natural lake, with a maximum depth of only six feet. Angler surveys were conducted from October 2003 to May 2004. Anglers caught 124,993 bass, nearly 55,000 of which were 2 pounds or larger, and 1,448 of which were over 8 pounds.

  • Deer Point Lake

Deer Point Lake, near Panama City, is a popular largemouth bass fishing spot in Florida's panhandle.

  • Suwanee River

The Suwannee River is a pristine black water stream that runs 213 miles through Florida, from a swampy region near the Georgia border to salt-marsh tidal creeks near the Gulf of Mexico. Trophy largemouth bass can be found in this river.

  • The Everglades

The Everglades are a series of marshlands in south Florida intersected by over 200 miles of canals. Rather than fishing in the marsh, most anglers prefer to fish in the canals. Anglers use plastic worms, soft jerkbaits, and minnow imitations to fish the canal edges. Another popular technique is to flip the vegetation.

You can be sure that wherever you go, you will have the time of your life fishing, and all at your leisure. You can simply rent a boat to avoid having to tow your own or, worse, having to buy one. Other equipment can also be rented for your own convenience and ease. There are also numerous lodges and inns, as well as cabins, that can be rented for a weekend or longer.

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