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  • TrophyCatch Research: Proper Bass Handling

    FWC|Updated May 12, 2023

    We know anglers care about big bass, which means they also care about how they handle big bass. Especially in recent years, concerns have been voiced about how anglers handle bass during catch-and-release fishing. This has prompted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and University of Florida biologists to develop a research project to examine this important issue. The results showed that none of the three tested handling methods caused any permanent...

  • Lake Reedy Bass Tournament to Benefit Youth Activities

    Christa Jones, News Correspondent|Updated Mar 22, 2023

    Increased numbers of boats and anglers are expected on Lake Reedy in Frostproof this Saturday, March 25, as the Frostproof Church of God hosts their 12th Annual Bass Tournament. The tournament will benefit the church's youth department. The tournament will run from first safe light until 2:00 pm. Each boat will be allowed a five-fish limit to submit for the weigh-in upon the conclusion of the tournament. No live bait is allowed in this tournament, which requires artificial...

  • Battle of the Lakes is New Trophy Bass Competition

    Special to the News|Updated Nov 27, 2022

    Anglers: Compete in new trophy bass fishing competition, Battle of the Lakes! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites you to participate in the Battle of the Lakes trophy bass fishing competition to determine which lake is crowned the best trophy bass fishery in Florida. The FWC's Florida Trophy Bass Project is pitting two popular fishing destinations against each other: Orange Lake versus Fellsmere Water Management Area (also known as Headwaters)...

  • Valuable Trophy Bass Still Loose in Lake Walk-in-the-Water

    Special to the News|Updated Sep 15, 2022

    A pink-tagged bass still swimming around in Lake Walk-in-the-Water is worth thousands of dollars to some lucky angler. A second tagged bass is loose at Tenoroc, while others swim in various Florida waters as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) TrophyCatch program ends another successful season. Catching one of these special bass and successfully submitting it to TrophyCatch will net the lucky angler a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card and $1,000 to...

  • Rains Are Producing More Fishing Action

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Jul 5, 2022

    For the best local fishing action head to Lake Walk-in-the-Water, where bank fishermen are catching limits of bluegill and shell crackers from the Indian Lake canals. Lake levels coming finally up and bass are more active both early and late. Throw a Whopper Plopper in bluegill around any isolated cover. On Lake Kissimmee fishers are still catching shell crackers in the lily pads near Gobbler Ridge, around Lemon Point, and Bird Island, mostly on red worms. Lots of recent rain...

  • Bluegill a Fun Sport Fish

    Florida FWC|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission want to invite you to just go fish! Here's a great suggestion for that youngster, or even the experienced pro, that will provide hours of fun. Featured Fish: Bluegill Size: This is one of the smallest of our popular game fish. The state record is 2.95 pounds. The Big Catch minimum qualifying sizes are 10" or 1.0 pound (see BigCatchFlorida.com). Appearance: The bluegill is easily identified by the black spot on the gill...

  • Low Water Presents Fishing Hazards on Lake Hatchineha

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Jun 29, 2022

    For the best local fishing action head to Lake Walk-in-the-Water, where bluegill and shell crackers may be found in lily pads around the lake. Look for the pads shaking, and drop a red worm on the bottom. There are a few bass roaming the shallows at day break and in the evening. Throw a "horny toad" in the junebug color to any isolated cover on the south end. Due to the extremely low water level, Lake Hatchineha is unsafe for boating and fishing, and it is advised to avoid...

  • Low Water Presents Hazards for Fishers, But Catches Being Made

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Jun 13, 2022

    Despite the onset of near-daily rains, the upper Kissimmee chain, including Lake Hatchineha, remains very low. Boaters are urged to use extreme caution to avoid running into concealed shoals, sandbars, or other obstacles that would normally be safely passed over. On Lake Hatchineha, b e especially careful. With the full moon this week, expect to catch shellcrackers in the lily pads across from the port. Bass are schooling at the mouths of canals. On Lake Walk-in-Water, check...

  • Tropical Weather System Left Little to Raise Fishing Hopes

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Jun 8, 2022

    The passing of the season's first tropical system left precious little rain in area gauges, so water levels in area lakes are continuing to suffer, with some still headed lower. Fishing remains in a transitional time until the summer monsoon rains start in earnest.. The upper Kissimmee chain, including Lake Hatchineha, is VERY low. A few bluegill are being caught there by marker ten, and a few bass are being caught on frogs on outside edges early. On Lake Walk-in-Water, the...

  • Low Water Still Affecting Fishing on Area Lakes

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated May 30, 2022

    Although the summer rains are starting, they have still been spotty and fishing is in a transitional time with low water levels in some area lakes. On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill and a few shellcracker mixed in are being caught in pads and grass. A few bass can be caught on outside points in the grass and reeds. Start off casting a worm. If that doesn't produce, switch over to a creature style bait. On Lake Kissimmee, bass are roaming the outside edge, so throw a popping...

  • Fishing Still Active as Rains Begin

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated May 24, 2022

    The beginning of the wet summer season is upon us, and that means lots of changes in fishing patters. The dry spring has left some lakes very low, which also means that boaters should exercise caution around potential shoals. On Lake Walk-in-Water, try drifting with a Whack-em jig off shore for specks. Anglers are catching 10-15 per trip with some really good ones mixed in. Bass are offshore and out in front of the big pier at Indian Lake on the east side of lake. Drag a...

  • Bluegill Still Hot Targets, Bass Can be Found

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated May 10, 2022

    On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are still catching bluegill on crickets in the pads and grass. Bass are up shallow morning before the heat and wind picks up, and evening if the breeze lies down. Try throwing top-water lures. On Lake Hatchineha, Chandler point is still a good place to catch a limit of bluegill, both worms and crickets are affective. Bass are schooling on shell early. Work with a chrome and blue rattletrap as well as a Carolina rig. On Lake Kissimmee, try 27...

  • Bluegills and Shellcrackers are Feasting Now

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated May 4, 2022

    On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill action is heating up for those who are using crickets in the lily pads. Throw a Gambler Big EZ or Houdini lure first thing in the morning for bass. Some are running up to 5 pounds. The action on Lake Hatchineha is primarily bluegills and shellcrackers. They are being caught inside the grass lines across from the port. Bass are also starting to pick up in the morning. Try throwing a popping frog along the pad lines. Get out the flipping rod and...

  • Catfish, Bass and Shell Crackers the Hot Targets Now

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Apr 25, 2022

    On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are catching limits of bluegill on crickets in among the lily pads. Bass are pulling back out to the outside edge of vegetation. Throw a watermelon red speed worm around to find them. On Lake Hatchineha, catfish are being caught in the canals when the water is released. Bass are roaming inside the grass lines, so try covering the water with a popping frog early, then try moving out as the day goes on. On Lake Kissimmee, shell cracker still being...

  • Shell Crackers Drawing Crowds to Lake Kissimmee

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    On Lake Walk-in-Water, anglers are catching their limit of shell crackers and bluegill in the lily pads on red worms and crickets. Bass are roaming inside, feeding after the spawn near the top of the water first thing in the morning. Slow down and use a worm on the outside of the grass line. On Lake Hatchineha, shell crackers are in the pads on the east side of the lake. Fish with a worm or cricket. The water is running in the canals, so anglers are catching bass at the...

  • After a Bout With Winds, Fishing is Back on the Agenda

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Apr 12, 2022

    Not too many anglers were out last week due to the high winds we have experienced, but now that calmer weather has arrived, the fish and fishers are active again. On Lake Walk-in-Water, bluegill and shellcracker are still biting in the lily pads on crickets. With the full moon coming this weekend you can expect one more good wave of bass up in shallow water. On Lake Hatchineha, it's a good idea to try the east side of the lake for shell crackers in the pads. Bass can be found...

  • Changing Seasons Mean Changes in Fishing Tactics

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Apr 4, 2022

    With warming weather and recent rains, fishing patterns keep changing. Keep checking back for the latest updates. On big Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bluegill and shell cracker are still being caught on red worms and crickets in the lily pads and grass. Bass are schooling on shad in the grass first thing in the morning. Try throwing a white horny toad lure around the grass margins. On Lake Hatchineha, a few local anglers are still catching specks at day light in Gator Cove using...

  • Fishing Has Heated Up, It's Time to Get On The Water!

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Mar 28, 2022

    Fishing is red hot at the moment, so don't miss this opportunity to get a hold of a bucket-mouth or a stringer of shellcrackers! On Lake Walk-in-the-Water, anglers are catching a ton of shellcrackers in the main lake and in the canals, using worms in the pads and grass. Bass are moving to outside edges and can be caught on a frog around the reeds and grass. On Lake Hatchineha, shellcrackers can be found in the lily pads on the east side of the lake with bluegill mixed in. The...

  • There's Fishing Action If You Know Where to Look

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Mar 21, 2022

    As the weather changes, so does the fishing, so stay informed about what's biting, and where you can find them! On Lake Walk-in-the-Water, there's action with blue gill and shell cracker, which are being caught in the pads. Some speckled perch are still being caught in the grass first thing in the morning. Bass up to 8.5 pounds are being caught in the reeds on a popping frog and Senko. On Lake Hatchineha, specks are still being caught in Gator Cove around scattered hydrilla on...

  • Walk-in-the-Water Stocked With Prize-Winning Tagged Bass

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Mar 16, 2022

    Lake Walk-in-the-Water has been revealed to contain a tagged bass, one of several Florida lakes to have received a trophy bass bearing a special pink tag. The tag and documentation will earn one lucky fisherman an entry into a state-wide contest sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Lake George, Newnans Lake, and Lake Talquin also host one of the tagged fish, with two other lakes to be revealed later in the contest, which runs through...

  • The Full Moon in March Brings Some Big Fishing Action

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Mar 15, 2022

    With the full moon in March the shell crackers are starting to show up in the lily pads. On Lake Walk-in-the-Water, anglers are still catching specks on minnows around offshore brush. The bass are still bedding in shallow cover, so try throwing a white super fluke. On Lake Hatchineha head out first thing in the morning on Candlers Point and cast into grass using minnows for a limit. Bass are starting to move out into deeper water, so throwing a Chatterbait on shell. On big...

  • Fish are On The Move This Week With Changing Weather

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Mar 9, 2022

    The weather forecast this week is for continued warm weather and a chance of showers and thunderstorms until Saturday, when it's predicted to get dangerously gusty on area lakes. Please use caution as you boat about. On Lake Walk-in-the-Water, folks are starting to catch bluegill and shell cracker in the grass and pads on red worms and wigglers. Bass are starting to move to more isolated cover, so try using a redbug trick worm working it slow. For Lake Hatchineha, if you are...

  • Extremely Low Water Starting to Affect Fishing

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Feb 28, 2022

    Editor's Note: We would like to share photos of you with your big catch! If you have tips or photos you care to share, please email them directly to [email protected]. Low water on area lakes due to the very dry winter have resulted in some hazards for area fishermen, especially on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. On Lake Hatchineha, rumor says shell crackers are starting to show up, so try using red worms in the pads. Speck fisherman are catching fish around scattered hyd...

  • Fishing Still Spotty as Weather Heats Up

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Feb 23, 2022

    Editor's Note: We would like to share photos of you with your big catch! f you have tips or photos you care to share, please email them directly to [email protected]. Warmer weather is raising water temperatures on area lakes just as bass are starting to spawn, so many fish are mobile right now. Fishing on Lake Walk-in-the-Water seems to be producing specks at night under lights, using minnows drifting. Bass fishing picked up a little last week with the moon, so try...

  • Send Us Your Photos To Include in Our Fishing Report

    Charlie Wynperle, Fishing Expert|Updated Feb 14, 2022

    Editor's Note: We would like to share photos of you with your big catch! f you have tips or photos you care to share, please email them directly to [email protected]. Here's what's happening this week on area lakes" On Walk-in-the-Water, speck fisherman are limiting out drifting minnows offshore. Bass fishing is slow, but a local tournament took only `2 pounds to win, with a big fish of 5.68 pounds. The Lake Hatchineha "Hour Glass" area is loaded with boats drifting...

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