Lake Okeechobee fishing report for May/June, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Fishing Lake Okeechobee in May/June is absolutely one of my favorite times throughout the year to fish the big O. Here are my reasons: The weather is not too hot, too windy, too rainy and can be a good time to focus on fishing the Kissimmee River as well as the lake And it’s a time that there are a multitude of species to fish for and it’s all fun. The bass can be found in the shallows as they feed on the bluegill and shell crackers (red ears) that are on/near their spawning beds, which means throwing frogs; swim jigs; swim baits; cut-tails; paddle-tails; rattle traps on the grass-edges/pockets/coves; and my fav, Top water action ! Big worms, jigs and deep diving crank baits work very well if you’re fishing in the River. Along the Rivers edges, you’ll find spawning pan fish as well as fingerling catfish which can be the size that’s best eating/tasting. When I take fingerling catfish trips, I typically use the ultra-light rigging technique/tackle that I would normally use for if I were fishing for pan fish such as a 7 ft. medium-action spinning rod/reel (Lews makes a great combo and its priced very reasonable), typically a 6-8 lb monofilament line, a bobber stop located above and below the small bobber which is set to the water depth that I’ll be fishing then a small split shot weight and typically a #2 hook for pan fish. For bait I normally use red-wigglers or red worms….yes, there is a difference…always try to buy the red wigglers and at times I’ll also use live crickets especially when the weather gets a little warmer or in areas that may have more pressure on the fish. If you’re bass fishing, typically the color-pattern to stick with is your basics such as: junebug; redbug; watermelon red; white; black; crawdad and shad patterns for crank baits; gold or silver/blue for rattle traps and double-willow leave spinner baits, typically one silver and one gold blade but will vary depending on water clarity conditions but what’s most important is “what you have confidence in using/throwing”. Areas to try have been on the West-side on/around Observation Shoal; Monkey Box and Dupree Bar. On the North shore is Dyess Ditch; around Worm Cove and Horse Island then some areas around Indian Prairie. From the North-end (Okeechobee area) some areas around Grassy; spots in/around Kings Bar (both sides); 1st-3rd points and some spotty areas in/around Tin House. On the East side, around Hendry Creek and some spotty areas on down towards the J&S area but finding cleaner/clearer water will be the key fishing those areas
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