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Bass Fishing Forecasts

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Florida

by Chris Christian   |  April 4th, 2014 0
Bass, Bass Fishing, Lunkers, Trophy Bass

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No State in the Union, or for that matter any country in the world, offers the quality of largemouth bass fishing that Florida routinely provides. And, few Florida residents are more than a short drive from it.

But, some lakes are more productive than others due to current water levels, previous spawning cycles, and a number of other factors. If you’re looking for the best the Sunshine State has to offer bass anglers, here are six lakes to keep in mind this year.

Here’s what to expect for bass fishing in Florida in 2014.


One factor fisheries biologists consider when assessing the overall health of a lake’s bass population is the catch statistics from local club tournaments. Many feel that if it takes a 3-pound-per-fish average to win, the population is healthy. A four-pound average is excellent. Get above that, and you’re into Great!

By that criterion, Lake Kissimmee is the hottest bass lake in Florida right now.

“All through 2013, even in the summer months, it was taking 30 to 35-pounds of bass in a five fish limit to win those little weekly club tournaments out of Camp Mack,” says veteran guide Reno Alley of Memory Makin’ Guides (1-800-749-2278).

That’s a 6-pound or better average! And, there are plenty of big bass. The largest Alley knows of was in the 15-pound range, but there were numerous 8- to 10-pound fish.

Hydrilla is the key to finding those bass. There is plenty on Kissimmee and it grows out to mid-lake depths of up to 8 feet. Just where in the hydrilla the bass are depends on the season.

Bass are spawning this month on the extreme inside edges of the hydrilla. Scattered vegetation, especially Arrowhead, is favored. Alley likes the Sebile Magic Swimmer in rainbow color to probe the shallows.

Once the spawn winds down by late April, hydrilla becomes the dominant factor. The bass move to the inside hydrilla edges, ranging further outward as temperatures rise. By late summer, the offshore hydrilla is where anglers want to be.

Regardless of where in the hydrilla the bass are, the basic pattern is simple: get out early, watch the hydrilla edges for signs of feeding fish, use locator lures like Magic Swimmers, Rat-L-Traps and topwater plugs to find a concentration of bass.

When the sun climbs to midday, don’t leave that spot because the bass won’t. They just slip back under the hydrilla. Alley notes that most tournaments are won by anglers flipping the hydrilla where the have found fish. Top flipping baits are Berkley or Gambler craws, or Culprit swimming tail worms.

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