Lake Okeechobee fishing report for August, 2020, submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The current Lake Okeechobee lake level has been hovering around the 13.30 ft water level mark despite almost daily afternoon rain showers and the passing of tropical storm Isaias. Navigating safely has improved somewhat but I advise extreme caution while fishing out on the big O, run the lake and take no short cuts, or it could be costly, damaging your motor and lower unit. Your better bass bite will be at first light and the latter part of the late afternoon until dark. Lures for bass fishing to use are swim baits worked through vegetation; frogs; swim jigs and slow moving big worms. On the outside edge you may want to keep your top water lures handy such as a devils horse and a zara spook. Some bass schooling has been active in both the am timeframe and late afternoon but sporadic and only lasting a short while on the grass edges and out in open water in which a spinner bait and rattle trap works great. Try throwing a big worm for the bigger bite. Artificial lure colors are June bug; Black and Blue; Crawdad; Red Shad, White and Bream color. If you’re bream fishing, live red wrigglers and crickets work best rigged with 6 lb test line on ultra light spinning gear. Depending on my Customers and their comfort level, I will also tip it with a light split shot weight and small bobber or no weight and a bobber with a bobber stop, one at the top of the bobber and one below for your depth. Areas to try on the North-end launching from Scott Driver ramp are: parts of Kings Bar; 2nd -4th point; parts of Indian Prairie and Bird Island and the Monkey Box. Some parts of the Shoal as you head south towards Clewiston. On the East Side, some areas around J & S and Hendry Creek. If you want to fish the East Side just be cautious of the shallower areas when coming off plane, then idle in to your fishing area. On the South-End areas around Kreamer and Rita Island have been good as well as Uncle Joe’s cut around the grass edges as you work your way towards the Shoal and Monkey Box.
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