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Lake Okeechobee fishing report for March, 2023 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Bass and Crappie fishing the month of February was fantastic and the fun continues with the month of March. Not only will the excitement continue fishing for bass and crappie but the early bream spawners are in the shallows on the beds. If you couldn’t make the trip to the big O this winter don’t worry you can still catch spawning bass and specks into the month of April and the bream bite will last all through the upcoming summer months. If you’re fishing for Crappie (specks) and you prefer to fish with live-minnows try drifting/slow trolling the Kissimmee River along the rock edges or Indian Prairie and/or Harney Pond canal, they are popular places to fish especially on weather windy days. If you’re wanting to crappie fish the lake some easier access areas for those launching from the River to fish are: Eagle Bay and Eagle bay side of Grassy; mid-way down on Kings bar and backside of Kings bar; 1st point out on the old grass points; Buckhead ridge and on down to 3rd point area parts of Tin house and Indian Prairie; Dyess ditch (big grass clumps) south-side of Dupree bar; some spotty areas in the Monkey box and in the back close to 7 mile ditch and some areas down on the shoal. If you’re bass fishing, the areas mentioned above you’ll find bass and on the east side around Hendry Creek and some areas as you head towards J & S. Lures for bass are; popping frogs; swim baits/swim jigs; senkos/worms; rattle traps; some spinner baits and top-water and the flipping/pitching technique with creature-style lures or jigs. Colors to use are: June bug; Red bug; white; shad, bream and crawdad patterns and black/blue. If you’re driving from the West, located just before the Harney Pond canal is Big Water Bait & Tackle store, where you can buy live shiners, minnows, rod/reels, tackle and snacks, Jack or Kathy will be happy to help. To book you’re fun-filled day on the water fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or you can log onto my website: where you’ll find up-to-date information such as fishing reports, pictures of customers and their catches; hotel recommendations; trip cost; link to purchase fishing licenses and etc. I would like to thank my Sponsors: Mercury Marine; Toho Marine (St. Cloud, Florida); BnM poles; Mid-South Tackle; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Lews; G-Loomis; Bullet Weights; Real Magic; Maui Jim; Gill; Rapala; Navionics and Big Bite Baits.







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