Lake Okeechobee fishing report for November, 2020 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee has been fishing good lately for both bass and crappie but fighting the wind lately has been tough. As the month of November continues and with the upcoming moon phase(s) the fishing will continue to get better as the water temperature is starting to cool down. I’m looking forward to the upcoming months as the bass and crappie spawn kick into gear with cooling water temps and hopefully steadier weather. November is the time to book your upcoming bass and crappie trips by calling me at 863-228-7263. You can check out my newly revised website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com for all the information you need to book your trip, see up-to-date pictures of customers and their catches; guide rates, up-to-date fishing report, hotel accommodations, obtain a fishing license and etc. If it’s crappie you’re after, November typically marks the beginning of the steady bite up in the shallows catching them on/around the beds as well. This style of crappie fishing can be fun and provide lots of quick action and is easy to learn to jig for crappie. Okeechobee is known for big crappie as well as big bass, whether it’s Crappie or Bass or both November is a good time to experience the lake. If you’re not an experienced Angler or want to bring your kids, don’t worry, I will tailor your trip to your needs so that everyone catches fish and has a good time making memories that the whole family will enjoy. Areas to try for bass fishing have been on the West side around the Observation Shoal area….this big area has fish scattered up/down the entire grass edge and some areas the bass are back in chasing small fry and bream. For the most part you can tie on a swim bait or frog and cover water enticing that reaction strike or you can slow down and fish with worms and hit the pockets, holes and isolated clumps. Don’t forget to have a top water lure tied on such as a devils horse or zara spook, these work great on the outer edges of the grass and just cover water. Other areas can be around Dyess Ditch in behind the hard-line; Horse Island; Indian Prairie and some areas around Dupree bar both back in, in the middle and on calm days, outer edge. You’ll find that different areas of the lake will have different colored water such as tan icky or stained water…fish can be found in both. The pass/Buckhead ridge area is producing bites especially on windy days when you can fish the area you want to fish due to heavy winds. Some areas on Kings bar are producing bites and is normally a good place to start when looking/searching for the first wave of crappie moving into the shallows. On the east side, the water release has been producing some bass due to some running water, mainly catching in numbers. Bass lures to have tied on can be: worms; rattle trap; frog; swim bait; creature-style lures for flipping/pitching; top water and spinner baits. The usual color scheme of junebug; black/blue; redbug and watermelon/red will work.
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