About Polk County
1 about lakeland, In Tenoroc, the best sea bass catch in Lakes Halfmoon, Hydrilla, Legs, 3, 5 and A. Lakes Derby, Pine, Shop, 2, B and G also had high catch rates. Last week, 28 large bass were reported over 19 inches long. Five bass measures over 22 inches, and the largest comes close to 24 inches. Speck’s catch was the best at Lakes Hydrilla and Legs and Shop. Lakes cemetery, derby, legs, picnic, shop and 4 had the best panfish bite. The catfish bite was better in Lake Coronet, Derby, 2 and 4, according to FWC biologist Paulo Pecora. In Saddle Creek, bass bite is good around the park on gleams along the grass lines. Across town, Hancock Lake produces a good bite for spots that press two pounds, Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248) reports.
2 in Auburndale, Ariana Lake has already been turned on by splashes both day and night. Minnows and ordinary dancing fish produce black and blue colors during the day and best at night. Bass bite there on the lipless crank. Around Lake Alfred, Lakes Haines and Rochelle have a good top while drifting. Bass fishing has increased this week. Lake Rochelle produced good numbers of bass in the 5 to 6 pound range. The cranks produce a shiny, shallow shine, reports Ron Shilvaux of Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).
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speckled perch: Good numbers and some good sized perch were reported across the area this week.
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3 in Winter Haven, Seaweed produces bass on the plastic worms and the lipless crank in Howard and Jesse Lakes. Lake Hartridge has a good bite in 12 to 18 feet of water on the dance floor and some, according to Capt. Jackson Williams of Action Bass Guide Service (863-326-3232). Schelfo says the ducts and their mouths produce spots.
4 in Lake Hamilton, Spots are captured on all three lakes, but there are better numbers on the large lake. A few shallow spots have moved on to weeds and pillows. Bass fishing is fine while worming along the middle to outer edges of the turf and a few are caught while flinging, according to Mickey Ingram at Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).
5 in Lake Marion near Haines, Spots bites into pads at the north end of the lake. Bass were captured along the outer edges, around peppers and other plants that didn’t die, Ingram reports.
6 in Pierce Lake, They pick up spots in the pads, mostly on small fish. The fish was shallow, about three feet high. The fish is on the small side. Fishermen keep 15 fish and throw ten. Slow bass bite. A few fish have been caught as by-catch on minnows by spot fishermen, according to Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).
7 in Lake Hachinha, A local fisherman caught a few spots this week while drifting in the pond in the hourglass. Bass fishing has been “intermittent at best”. Cover the water with a blue gill pattern swimming pool for the best movement, reports Charlie Weinberl of Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009).
8 in Lake Toho, cerkbaits is the favorite bait for bass on Lake Toho at the moment. Catch it in the open water, hydrilla in the middle of the lake in front of the Lake Toho RV Resort. Few fish are caught in white algae in the same areas. Nibbles spots around deeper water areas and around brush piles on jigs and adults, reports Jay Turner of Jay’s Bass Bustin Guide Service. (407-908-4739).
9 in Lake Kissimmee, One boat of spot fishermen hit 35 good-sized spots last week on the outside turf line at Lemon Point. The bass hasn’t moved shallowly yet. Fish inside the outside turf line and cover the water with a Gambler EZ Swimmer in Killer G color to produce a hit, Wynperle reports.
10 at Lake Walk-in-the-Water, The spots are nibbling as the minnows drift across the lake. Place several posts at different depths to locate the fish. Bass fishing caught heat. Several “giants” were caught flashing around the mouths of the canals, according to Wynperle.
11 in Crooked Lake in Babson Park, Good fishing spot and fish are appearing more and more roe. The fish is still deep despite standing around 25 to 30 feet in height. Bass fishing is good too, one fisherman caught an 8.9-pounder on the shine last week. Three other fishermen also caught 21 fish during one trip. The school bus’s bite remains steady along the US side 27. The shell breaker was bitten this week. A fisherman caught a close-up of red worms northwest out of the bay. Catfish bite well around sidewalks, reports Cindy Ritchison in Bob Landing (863-638-1912). Little Crooked Lake produces spots while minnows drift into water about 8 feet deep, reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520).
12 in frostproof, Lake Clinch produces good-sized spots on brush piles in both minnows and leeches. Bass there bite on the white chatter and glisten along the edges of the lawn. Some fish move shallowly to spawn. Reddy Lake is good for spots on minnows in pads and along lawn edges along the south side. The bass bite is good there on the glosses along the edges of the lawn. The sharp red Carolina worm also spawns on brush piles. Arbuckle Lake produces patches while owls drift into water about 8 feet deep, Childress reports.
13 In the phosphate pits near the berries, Many bass have moved shallow in 4 to 5 feet of water and have started making beds to spawn. The top water bite has slowed down, but the plastic worm bite is fine. The 10-inch Junebug and red-colored Junebug tapeworms produce the best production. “Another fisherman and I caught 45 bass on Saturday, the largest of which weighed 6.5 pounds.” The sting is best from mid-morning to early afternoon. Large numbers of spots were detected, but they are small in size, reports Danny Hamm of Stones Bait & Tackle (863-940-4898).