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Lake: Lake Okeechobee
Fish: Black Crappie

Headed to FL

Post By: Apoch      Posted: 6/1/2011 8:26:36 PM     Points: 85    
Hey Guys,

Headed out from CO to do some Tarpon fishing on the 14th but I'm hoping to fit in some fresh water fishing at lake O also. I'm going for bass and crappie and will be around the clewiston area. I have never been to the lake, is there a lot of areas for shore fishing? If anyone could point me in a general area to start it would be helpful. I plan on doing some walking and driving also but it would definitely help save some time! Thanks!
 Reply by: hawghawler      Posted: 6/2/2011 11:44:04 AM     Points: 66666    
We have a couple of Field Editors that fish the lake. I have sent them an email so hopefully they will be able to give you some helpful information. Will you also be looking for a guide when you come down? Where are you going Tarpon fishing, Boca Grande Pass is usually hot this time of year. They have the PTTS there until the 14th.
 Reply by: Apoch      Posted: 6/2/2011 11:48:28 AM     Points: 85    
Hey Hawg,

Thanks for your help! I am not looking for a guide for the freshwater stuff, I am just going to check out the lake and throw a few casts. Hopefully land a 3+ lb'er. I am going to be fishing near Pine Island for Tarpon. We can see Boca Grande Pass from the spot we go to, but we don't fish the actual pass. Have you heard of decent Tarpon this year? We went last year in May and didn't hook into any but had a great time catchin 6 and 7 lb sea trout!
 Reply by: Flippen4Bass      Posted: 6/2/2011 1:49:48 PM     Points: 493    
The rim ditch is lined with large rocks from Clewiston North to Belle Glade south, but no access via auto. If fishing from the shore you can go out of Roland Martin Fish Camp in Clewiston. You can also rent a boat there. Another place would be Slims Fish camp in Belle Glade. Fish under the bridge. I don't believe they rent boats there but for bank fishing, I think Belle Glade is your better choice. Hope this helps! The Lake is getting real low so the fish are stacked up in the rim canal.
 Reply by: tbrinks      Posted: 6/2/2011 8:50:04 PM     Points: 236    
I agree with Flippen4Bass, there is no real shore access on the lake, the whole thing is lined by the rim ditch. I always see people fishing the rim ditch at Belle Glade and Clewiston and know bass and crappie are in there year round. That's probably your best bet from the shore. Good luck!
 Reply by: Apoch      Posted: 6/8/2011 10:32:21 AM     Points: 85    
Thanks for the info guys! I'll head out there and give it a shot. Can't wait to get my hands on a FL bass!
 Reply by: Tim Fishman Emery      Posted: 6/9/2011 11:37:24 PM     Points: 1237    
Apoch,
Let us know how you did or do. Tarpon are a blast!
Tim
 Reply by: Apoch      Posted: 6/10/2011 10:28:24 AM     Points: 85    
Any idea how the Tarpon are biting? We went 2 or 3 weeks earlier last year and failed to hook into any. We fished 2 six hour days and didn't see any boats hooked up either. I'm hoping since we are a little later this year maybe the action will be better. I can't complain though almost everything in salt water fights like hell so I had a blast anyways!
 Reply by: Apoch      Posted: 6/26/2011 9:07:34 AM     Points: 85    
GREAT TRIP!! Ended up getting a guide for Lake O and got on some smaller bass, didn't get a 3+ pounder like I had hoped but had a good time anyways. I also landed an 80 lb tarpon on a trout rod which was a blast! You guys sure are spoiled with awesome fishing!
 Reply by: JohnsFishing      Posted: 7/4/2011 2:34:52 AM     Points: 300    
Hi Tim Emery

I have lot's of friends and family in FL. They are asking if this site is mainly just for Freshwater Fishing? They mostly fish salty canals and the Gulf out of Homassasa Springs and Yankee Town. They also fish Lake George alot.
Just wanted to know before they joined this site.

J L.