Lake Okeechobee fishing report for June, 2023 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s current water level is just under 14 ft., summer rainfall and the possibility of tropical storms could bring up the level up but I foresee the levels being managed around 12-13 ft mark which is great for new emergent vegetation. Some customers who call are asking about catching crappie when booking a trip, crappie can still be caught in areas such as the River, Canals and a few parts on the lake like the outside vegetation line in Tin house and a few areas on the Shoal area, the bite can be slow but specks can still be caught. If you’re wanting some faster action, the bream and bass are biting great, record number catch weights for bass tournaments were shattered in May as the top 20 boats boasted 30 lbs and over, areas in which the bass were caught ranged from South-Bay area (Clewiston area) up to the North-end like Dyess Ditch; Horse Island areas; Tin House and 2nd-4th point (Buckhead Ridge) areas. Lures that were used were popping frogs/Horney Toads; swim baits; senkos; flipping/pitching creature-style lures and some hard top water action such as a bang o lure/devils horse and a zara spook. A lot of big bags especially this time of year is all about catching that moon phase just right as the bass feed on the bream that are on the beds or follow the bream into the shallows as they move into spawn, either way, it’s a lot of fun when the big girls bite. The bream action has been doing well catching them on ultra-light spinning gear tipped with either a small live red work or crickets. When I bream fish with customers, I am armed with both crickets and worms as everyday can be a little different, with some days biting the crickets than worms or vice versa. If you want to catch some sharpies (small fingerling catfish) along with some bream, they tend to eat the worms a bit better, all depends on what my customers prefer to catch but it is nice that there are able to experience the fun excitement of catch some nice big bream on ultra light tackle and provide a nice meal. Areas that bream can be caught are mentioned above but don’t rule out fishing the River along the rock edges/ledges as these bream will move up to the edge to spawn and is great fishing especially on windier days when fishing the lake is tough. To book you’re next fishing trip on the big O call 863-228-7263 or check out my website where you’ll find that is always updated with customer catches, current/past fishing reports, hotel recommendations, guide rates and etc. www.southfloridabassfishing.com is the website for all your information to book the trip. I’m old school/fashion, so if you have any questions just call, I always answer back in a very timely manner and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you to my sponsors: Toho Marine (St. Cloud, Fl); Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; Lews; BnM Poles; Mid-South Tackle; Bullet Weights; G-Loomis; Maui Jim; Gill; Gene Larew and Pradco Brands.
May, 2023 submitted Lake Okeechobee fishing report for by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s water level is just over 14 ft. As the next few months approach the Corp of Engineers will continue to pull water from the lake discharging it into the St. Lucie canal and Caloosahatchee River systems, not surprised if the level of the big O is lowered to 12 ft which is great for new, emergent vegetation but not so good for boaters especially those who are unfamiliar with the lake. The main crappie spawn is over but you can still catch them very early in the mornings around bridge pilings, deeper water areas and along structure within the Kissimmee River and Canals. You can use small minnows or a round jig head tipped with your favorite plastic lure, two main colors that work basically year round is white and chartreuse, some pinks and green shades will produce bites as well. The bream are on the beds and will continue to spawn in the shallows all summer long especially around the new/full moon phase. To catch bream you can use live crickets or small red worms, people use both but it’s personal preference. Areas that bream are being caught are Harney Pond canal and some surrounding close areas; spotty areas within the Monkey Box and Observation Shoal; Dyess Ditch; Indian Praire; parts of Tin House; 1st – 4th point; some areas lined along the Kissimmee River; Hendry Creek and a few areas close to the J & S lock area. The bass bite is going well with both live wild golden shiners and artificial lures. For the lure bite a popping frog and swim bait have been working really well as the bass feed in the shallows on the spawning bream. Other lures to use are worms; top water; toads and rattle traps and spinner baits out on the main lake grass edges as the bass feed on schools of shad. Plastic lure choices can be: Junebug; Redbug; Black/Blue; White; Tilapia; Cichlid; Green Pumpkin and Watermelon Red. Areas to catch bass can be basically the same areas mentioned above for the bream and crappie bite. I will be available to take guide trips all summer long and offer a discounted rate such as a 4 hour live bait trip for two people for $300.00 which includes 2 doz shiners, I also offer discounted rates for one-person trips and current Military. I can accommodate group trips and offer the latest tips you can apply to fishing your home body of water. For more trip information go to www.southfloridabassfishing.com or call me at 863-228-7263. I always return calls in a very timely manner. Thank you to all my Sponsors: Toho Marine (St. Cloud, Florida); Mercury Marine; BnM Poles; Bullet Weights; Lews; Real Magic; Mid South Tackle; Pradco Brands; Gill; Maui Jim; G-Loomis; Gene Larew and Caymas boats.
Lake Okeechobee April, 2023 fishing report submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The month of March was a mixture of various weather patterns but all in all was a great month of fishing for bass and crappie. Now it’s time to break out those bream poles and tackle. If you love bream fishing now is the time to book your trip, they have already started their spawn timeframe which should last through to September. If you’re not a boat owner or own any tackle, no worries, just book your trip with me and I supply all tackle and knowledge of where the bedding bream are located. The bass bite is still going strong and will continue as they feed on the bream in the beds in the shallow. The crappie spawn season is over until next November rolls around but you can still catch them out in the lake and deeper water areas such as canals and the River. For the bass anglers areas of the lake that are producing are: Observation Shoal (spotty areas); parts of the Monkey Box; few areas east of Dyess Ditch; Horse Island; some areas around Indian Praire; Tin House; 4th through 1st point. Areas around Hendry Creek are actively catching and a few spotty areas around J & S lock. The months of April and May can be a good time to throw some top water lures such as a Bang a Lure; Spook; Devils Horse and a Popping Frog. The tried and true worm/senko is always a bite producer and shallow running crank baits in/around grass edges and pockets color choice is bream, tilapia and Mayan Cichlid. The water level for the big O is around 15 ft so use caution especially those areas that have the hard coral bottom. When booking your trip keep in mind I offer discounts for one-person trips as well as current Military. I can accommodate groups of people and multi-days and Capt. Angie hotel discounts year round. To book a fun-filled and informative day fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or log onto my website which is always kept current? www.southfloridabassfishing.com A big thank you goes out to all my sponsors: Mercury Marine; Toho Marine (St. Cloud, FL); Caymas boats; Lews; BnM Poles; Mid-South Tackle; G-Loomis; Real Magic; Bullet Weights; Maui Jim; Gill; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Fin Line; Power Pole and MegaStrike.
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: www.southfloridabassfishing.com 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.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for February, 2023 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Water level for Okeechobee still remains somewhat higher than normal for this time of year. The crappie and bass bite has remained pretty steady fishing with both live-bait and artificial lures for bass and minnows and jigs for the crappie. Areas on the lake to catch specks are the Kissimmee River edges trolling and jigging rock ledges and the canal system around the lake. Areas to try on the lake range from the east side around Hendry Creek; out from the pier on the north side; parts of grassy and kings bar; 1st – 3rd point; some areas within tin house and Indian prairie on down to around worm cove and dyess ditch areas around the bigger clumps of vegetation and floating mats. Parts of the back part of Monkey box have been producing bites as well as down on the shoal area and Dupree bar. Water depth for the specks has been ranging between 2.5 ft – 3.5 ft. The water clarity if good for most areas mentioned above, some is tannicky but clear and other areas are stained which will determine the jig head and body color but a good choice is chartreuse and green bodies. For the bass bite with lures they’ve been biting moving baits such as skinny dippers, frogs, swim jigs, rattle traps, worms and flipping/pitching jigs and/or creature-styles lures. Colors for lures range from the traditional black/blue; june bug; red shad; white; crawdad; bream and shad patterns. The bigger bass are being caught flipping/pitching jigs; frogs and swim baits. Areas for bass fishing are pretty much the same as for the specks. The shad spawn is active and soon you’ll see bream start to move in as they start to spawn, this can be a good place to start looking for bass. The bass and crappie spawn will continue through the month of March and possibility into April. Last year big specks and bass were still being caught on/around the beds into the third week of April. To book your next fun day fishing Okeechobee for bass and/or specks call 863-228-7263. My website offers a wide range of information that will answer a lot of questions regarding pricing; hotel accommodations; current customer pictures with their catches and past fishing reports. I hope this information will help you to have a better productive day on the water. My Sponsors are: Toho Marine, St. Cloud, Florida; Mercury Marine; BnM Poles; Gill; Maui Jim; Bullet Weights; G-Loomis; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; Lews; Mid South Tackle; Gene Larew ; Pradco Brands; Rapala and Navionics.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for January, 2023 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Current Lake Okeechobee water level is around 16 ft. and would imagine the level will slowly continue to decrease (weed control via SFWM) through the winter months and into spring. With that known, the fish pre spawn patterns will vary during this season because of fluctuating water levels. The bass and crappie bite is in full swing and the lake is busier than ever with local weekenders; northern people who call Okeechobee home for the winter months; tournament anglers and fishing guides who make their living putting smiles on people’s faces making lasting memories. As a responsible and respectful boater that we all should be please allow guide boats space to do our jobs, we all want to enjoy our time on the water, there is plenty of water people so don’t crowd, the season is just getting started and Strive to be conscience at boat ramps by using proper etiquette. Ok, with that said, here are some areas that fish are being caught: Some areas on the Shoal; south & west parts of Dupree bar; some areas around Dyess ditch and isolated grass clumps; Harney Pond canal (last 400 yards on the left going out of the canal) has always produced crappie; Monkey box outer edge (reeds); Horse Island area; Worm Cove; parts of Indian Prairie both east/west sides; Tin House (middle to back range area); 2nd & 3rd points; Buckhead Ridge pole area and some spots off of the canal that runs back to the Buckhead Ridge lock; back-side of Kings Bar; some areas in Coty’s Cove; spots around Grassy. Over on the east side try Hendry Creek and water release areas and some spots around J & S. For bass lures: Gambler’s Big easy has been producing a lot of bites; worms; spinner baits for the pre spawner’s; some top water (spooks, devil horses, etc); popping frog’s and flipping/pitching creature-style lures. The fishing areas mentioned above are for bass and crappie both. For the crappie anglers, you can use small live-minnows or jigs…personal preference. Crappie anglers are spider-rigging the Kissimmee River at night with minnows and doing real well. To book you’re next fun-filled and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee for bass and/or crappie, now is the time to book your trip. Have any questions? Check out my website: www.southfloridabassfishing.com or call me 863-228-7263. My sponsors are: Toho Marine (St. Cloud, Fl); Mercury Marine; BnM Poles; Bullet Weights; Lews; Gill; Maui Jim; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; G-Loomis; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Big Water Bait & Tackle (Lakeport, Fl)
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for December, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Fishing the big O has been steady, fun and exciting with the start of the bass and crappie spawn season. My guide customers that fish for bass have been using live wild shiners and artificial lures. If you want to relax and let the bass come to you then using live-bait is the way to go but if you want to cover water throw/use various lures then artificial lures is the trip for you, some customers do both. If you’ve ever wanted to fish for big specks (crappie) here on the big O, now is the time to book your next fun day on the water. Don’t’ know how to jig? Not a problem, all that’s needed is a quick 5 minute lesson using the BNM 10-11ft jig pole tipped with a small round jig head and small plastic tube. Catching crappie is fun, exciting and is one of the best tasting mild white fish you’ll ever eat. The creel limit is 10 inches long, 25 per person per day, you will go home with a limit. Areas on the lake that you’ll see boaters fishing for bass and crappie are: Observation Shoal area(s), Widens Pass, east/south part of Dupree Bar, around Dyess Ditch, some parts of the Monkey Box, Worm Cove/Horse Island, parts of Indian Prairie and Tin House, 2-3 points (Buckhead Ridge), parts of Kings Bar, Hendry Creek and some areas around J & S. Bass lures that have been producing bites have been a top water lure such as a devils horse or Zara spook, popping frog in and around the lily pads, worms, spinner baits, shallow jerk baits and flipping/pitching creature-style lures into isolated grass clumps. Lures colors are: Junebug, black/blue, white, crawdad and bluegill color patterns, plum/red shad and watermelon/red. For your tackle and live-bait needs visit Jack and his Big Water Bait & Tackle store located in Lakeport just west of the Harney Pond Canal boat ramp. To book you’re next day fishing the big O for bass and crappie call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com where you’ll see up-to-date pictures of customers and their catches, hotel info, guide trip rates and current/past fishing reports. I can accommodate groups, multi-day trips, fishing lessons, latest tips/tricks and lake info. My sponsors are a big part of my success and they include: Toho Marine in St. Cloud, Florida, Mercury Marine, Gill, Lews, Gene Larew, Pradco Brands, Mid-South Tackle, BnM Poles, G-Loomis, Maui Jim, Bullet Weights, Rapala, Tru-Turn hooks, Reel Magic, Road Runners, Big Bite Baits and Navionics.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for November, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s water level is just under 16.00 ft and slowly rising due to hurricane Ian. Areas on the lake that are normally not reachable/fishable by boat are now accessible but lots of these areas are lacking in proper oxygenated water but as time moves forward and water conditions improve you’ll start to see more fish activity as they become acclimated to this “new” water. The water clarity in most areas of the lake is tannic (dark color) but clear but does hold fish and the water temperatures in the mornings have been around 78-79 degrees and increases as the day progresses. Towards the end of November you should start to see a positive sign of bass and crappie moving into the shallows for the start of the spawn season. A good place to start bass fishing has been the Kissimmee River up around the water release where there is moving water, the last few bass tournaments have been won fishing the river where the bite is most consistent verses the lake where the bite has been inconsistent. Areas that you’ll see boaters fishing is the Kissimmee River, parts of Kings Bar, Buckhead Ridge area, parts of Tin House and Indian Prairie, Horse Island and Worm Cove, around Dyess Ditch and on over to a few areas on Dupree Bar and the Monkey Box and some areas on the Shoal. In talking with a friend of mine who fishes on the South-end of the lake, I was told that the bite has been real slow and with no consistency of any kind of pattern whether its fishing the canal, deeper water areas such as the dynamite holes or lake fishing but if you find moving water, that would be a good place to start until cooler temps start coming in. On the North-end, crappie are being caught with minnows and jigs in the River around bridge pilings and along the Canals such as Harney Pond and Indian Prairie along the rock edges, with some days catching them good and other days the bite is very slow. For the bass anglers, lures that have been working are: swim baits and swim jigs, popping frogs, shallow-suspending jerk baits, worms, flipping/pitching creature baits, spinner baits and some top water worked real slowly. Colors for plastic are: Junebug, black/blue, watermelon red, white, red bug and crawdad pattern. With lots of “new water” and “higher water levels” to fish and explore please use extreme caution by slowing down, more than likely there is someone fishing just around that corner/bend that you can’t see running 90 miles an hour, so slow down, be courteous and respectful especially to those of us who make our living out on the water. To book you’re next fun-filled day fishing Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or log onto my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com where you’ll find up-to-date pictures of customers and their catches, hotel accommodations and etc. A big thanks to my Sponsors: Toho Marine in St. Cloud, Florida, Mercury Marine, Power-Pole, BnM Poles, Lews, Mid-South Tackle, Bullet Weights, Maui Jim, Gill, Rapala, Tru-Turn, Real Magic, Gene Larew, Pradco Brands, Big Bite Bait, Mega Strike and G-Loomis.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report, October, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The month of September brought some rain, high temperatures and lower water levels but hurricane Ian took care of that. Despite the storm, getting back out on the water, fishing has been good, not great but good despite the drastic change…water temp; water clarity; water levels and etc. The month of October is typically a transitional month where you’ll find bass in the shallows, open water and deeper water areas where they are feeding on small hatchling minnows, bream still bedding in shallower water and shad. As October continues it’s a good time to start your search for the upcoming bass/crappie spawn time. I like to focus on the North-End of the lake in areas where you have a hard-sandy bottom along with some good vegetation cover or nearby. Every year with a new spawn something always changes just a little whether it’s a certain cover you’ll find them in/nearby or perhaps they’ll be out in more open water, it’s definitely going to take some time to narrow down their patterns and expound thereafter. As the season kicks in, the fishing guides on this lake work hard to not only put customers on fish but share this beautiful lake and all its nature for those who travel near or far to see its beauty so be respectful when you approach someone who is guiding, it’s the right thing to do. Areas to fish for bass are; spots along the shoal and whidden’s pass; a spot or two at Dupree bar; open water area out from dyess ditch; some spots along horse island and Indian prairie; middle/outer edge of tin house; 3rd point on up to buckhead ridge and the pass area; a few smaller areas within kings bar and areas around j & s lock. Lures for bass to try: worms; jigs; swim bait/swim jigs; top water; popping frogs; flipping creature-style lures; some rattle trap and spinner baits. Colors are: Junebug; redbug; white; crawdad for jig trailers and skirts; watermelon red depending on water clarity; green pumpkin and bream colors for swim jig skirts and swim baits.
Now is the time to book your fun and productive day fishing the big O for bass and crappie….the start of the spawn time is fast approaching. I can accommodate groups and multiple days. Call 863-228-7263 or check out my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com where you’ll find past fishing reports, up-to-date customer pictures and their catches; hotel accommodations; pricing and etc. Thank you to all my sponsors: Toho Marine & Outdoors located in St. Cloud, Fl., BnM Poles; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; Bullet Weights; Maui Jim; Gill; Mercury; G-Loomis; Lews; Mega Strike; Navionics; Rapala; Mid-South Tackle; Gene Larew and Pradco Brands.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for September, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The water conditions for Lake Okeechobee have been real good. I’m seeing quite a few areas that have eel grass, hydrilla and am hopeful that the shrimp grass comes back which is much needed to help keep the bottom from coming apart creating mucky looking water when storms hit. The guide trips that I’ve been taking have been for bass and bream and in the early morning hours to about noon or so. I’ve been fishing the River and the lake both depending on what customers prefer and what has been producing the better quality and quantity at that time. Every now and then I go out with my dog and fish for crappie out in the lake just for a change of pace, the specks are biting but it’s a slow bite and takes patience, normal for this time of year. Some people are crappie fishing around the bridge pilings and up the river by the weir and out around the inside/outside pencil reeds on grassy. I prefer the lake because of the better scenery and less of a sighting of another boat close by. If you’re fishing the lake for bass, the Tin House area and Whidden’s Pass to Brice Fine on the Shoal has been the hotter areas to fish lately. I keep a worm/senko rod handy along with a swim bait/swim jig and top water rods on the deck and a rattle trap/spinner bait rod rigged for windier mornings and possible schooling activity. About 3-4 rods on the deck pretty much covers it and by keeping it simple and fishing slow can make the difference between a good day/morning and a great day/morning of fishing the big O. I’ve been seeing some bass schooling activity while out on the lake but it doesn’t last long and they are not schooled up in mass quantities like I’ve seen over the years of fishing the lake but that doesn’t mean that they are not there. Keep your eyes and ears alert for schooling up in the shallows around bream beds, in the middle around thicker grassier areas and on the grass edges near open water. The Tin House area has been really good for the bream bite as well about 20 yards in from the outside grass edges. I prefer using live crickets vs. small red worms only because I don’t want Mayan cichlids or catfish. The cichlids and catfish will bite crickets but for me it seems not as good as a worm. Areas to try for bass and bream are: Buckhead Ridge pole; 1st-3rd point in scattered but grouped up areas; Tin House; around Indian Prairie canal and some scattered areas towards Horse Island. Some outside areas around the Monkey box (north side) and a few spotted areas around Dupree Bar AND Whidden’s Pass to Brice Fine area on the Shoal. To book your fun-filled and productive time fishing the lake and/or River call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com. I customize each trip to my customers fishing skills/level, and what’s biting best. I give fishing lessons, share some history of Lake Okeechobee and we get to see some pretty awesome things out on the water such as Manatee’s; Eagles; Ducks and some beautiful lake scenery. A big Thank You to all my Sponsors: Toho Marine, St. Cloud, Fl., Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; Lews; G-Loomis; Gill; Maui Jim; BnM Poles; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Mega Strike; Mid-South Tackle; Big Bite; Buff USA and Bullet Weights.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for August, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Fishing Lake Okeechobee in August can be challenging but fun! Challenging due to hot temperatures, possible afternoon thunderstorms and lower water levels. Current Lake O water level is hovering around the 13 ft. mark. Now is a good time to brush up on your deeper water angling skills whether its fishing the Kissimmee River or the Canal systems and bass like the deeper, cooler water temperatures and a great time to dust off and tie on those deep diving crank baits you’ve been waiting to use all year long. Along with crank baits, a Carolina-Rig (c-rig) can produce some really nice size quality bass as well as a texas-rigged big worm. In the early morning hours have a hard top water lure tied on like a bang-a-lure or devils horse, land your lure at the bank edge, working the lure out about 20-25 ft whether fishing the river or canal. If you’re fishing the lake, some areas of the lake are showing signs of algae which is normal for this time of year. What’s biting now? I’ve been taking bream trips; fingerling catfish and bass trips which are typical for this time of year sticking with the daylight to noon timeframe. The month of September is when to start thinking of booking your bass fishing trip, as the females start to feed up while they make their way into the shallows for the early spawn time. It’s also the time to book your fall crappie trip as well. Places on the lake to try can be: parts of the shoal; a few spots around Dupree Bar; some areas around Dyess ditch and around Horse Island and parts of Indian Prairie. Tin house has been solid throughout the season for crappie, bass and bream, work your way up towards 3rd and 2nd point where you’ll find some bass feeding on the bedding bream. A few areas on Kings Bar have been good and the water looks perfect. I fished around Grassy getting very few bites but that can all change as September approaches. Areas around the pier will start to produce as well as some areas on the east side such as Nub and Slough and Hendry Creek and some areas towards J & S. From what I’ve been reading per the Corps of Engineers, no water releases are planned but would not be surprised if that changes and depending on weather (storms). If you’re boating on the lake use caution coming off/on plane especially around the rock-bottom areas of the lake. When in doubt, idle to a safe depth then continue on. Lures to try are worms; senkos; creature-style baits for flipping/pitching; deep/mid running crank baits; swim jigs and swim baits; some frogs and hard top water lures; spinner baits and rattle traps for more open water presentations. Colors: black/blue; June bug; red bug; watermelon/red; green-pumpkin; white; shad and Okeechobee craw. To book you’re next fun-filled, productive and educational fishing trip call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website to check out the up-to-date pictures of customers and their catches; hotel recommendations; guide rates and etc. My Sponsors are: Caymas boats and Toho Marine, St. Cloud, Florida; Lews; G-Loomis; BnM Poles; Mid-South Tackle; Maui Jim; Gill; Bullet Weights; Road Runner; Real Magic; Tru Turn hooks; Mega Strike; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands and BUFF USA.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for May, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s water level is slowly coming down, typical for this time of year so be careful when out on the lake. Boat running trails that were accessible have become very shallow and some parts of the lake have rock. April is a good time to start looking/fishing in the deeper water areas like Canals, deep holes (down south) and the River on the north end. Typically, the bream will move up to the edges to spawn. This can produce several situations for fun fishing…using light spinning tackle to catch the bream and moving baits for bass like top water and shallow/mid running crank baits. Most of my customers prefer fishing the lake vs. a Canal or River but when the water level keeps get lower and the bite picks up in these areas, it makes for a fun-day and safer, boating wise. Just recently a few bass tournaments were won fishing the Kissimmee River. The River has drop-offs; ledges and some really good rock to fish in certain areas. This type of fishing is great for brushing up/fine tuning certain styles of fishing such as Carolina Rigs; Deep Crank baits; Jigs/big worms up ledges and just going along the edge throwing top water. Color patterns to stick with are Crawdad; Bluegill and Shad for Crank baits; Junebug/Redbug/White for plastics and Bluegill/Shad colors for top water. For bream fishing, areas that are producing bites have been certain spots along the Shoal area; points of the Monkey box; around Dyess Ditch; Point of Horse; some spots around Dupree Bar, Indian Prairie and Tin house; 1-2 point (around Buckhead Ridge area); Hendry Creek and some areas down around J &S (somewhat close to the lock area). For bait, live red worms and crickets rigged on ultra light tackle with 6 lb stren mono tipped with a small bobber, split shot and hook works very well. For bass fishing areas, pretty much the same as for the Bream areas I just mentioned. If you’re wanting to brush up on your deep water fishing skills and/or fish for bream, try the River. Not sure where to start or what to do, book you’re fun-filled and educational trip by calling me at 863-228-7263 or check out my website for up-to-date customers and their catches; hotel into; past fishing reports and etc
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for April, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Fishing the lake in March was a blast….customers caught personal best big bass and record number big crappie. The fun and productive days will continue through April and into May. April has started out windy but hopeful the winds will lay down as the month continues. Some pan fish have are in the shallows spawning, the wave of pan fish, pre/post spawn will continue through the Spring and into Summer months so book your fun-filled exciting day on the water, using light, spinning gear. Fishing in April is typically the start of the transition fishing for bass…a good time to start thinking about fishing deeper water like the River and Canals with deep crank baits, Carolina rigs, big jigs and worms worked around the ledges and drop-offs. April is also a good time to throw swim jigs/baits and frogs worked around lilly pads and other areas where the bream have moved in to spawn. Fishing the outside grass edges with rattle traps, spinner baits and my fav, top water lures !! Your basic color patterns are June bug; Black/Blue; White; Shad and Bream colors will work. If you plan to bream fish, live red worms and crickets rigged on ultra-light spinning gear like the Lews Wally Marshall Speed Shooter 6.0 and 6.5 rod/reel combo tipped with 6 lb mono line, small split shot weight and hook and you’re ready for some fun action. If you like fingerling catfish, think about booking a trip the first week of May…it’s a good time to catch them in the river and you’ll also catch bluegill and shell crackers as well. Areas to try are parts of the Monkey box and Observation Shoal; around Dyess ditch, the point of Horse and on up towards Tin house, certain smaller areas in Kings bar and Grassy and over on the east side such as Hendry creek and some parts of the J & S area.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for March, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee bass and crappie fishing has been on fire and will continue to bite well through March and April…yes, still spawn time for both. Areas of the lake that have been attracting lots of boats are the Shoal area; around Dyess Ditch and some spotty areas around Dupree Bar; around the point of Horse Island and both sides of Indian Prairie Canal and on up to the Tin House area; 2nd point and Buckhead Ridge; some spots around Kings Bar; Grassy; the Kissimmee River around the mouth of the river area; out front of the Pier; Government Cut itself; Hendry Creek and J & S areas over on the east side. That pretty much covers the entire lake except for on the south-end around Clewiston. Some lures to use for bass have been the chatter bait tipped with a white skirt; some soft-plastic jerk baits rigged weedless; worms/senkos; some hard top-water lures such as a Devil Horse; Zara Spook (smaller sized one); flipping/pitching creature-style lures such as Beaver’s and Crawdads. For the Crappie bite, both live-minnows and jigging with plastics in the grass have been producing. Days where you get your limit quick and other times, you really have to slow down the presentation and they make you work hard for the bites..but that’s fish’n. Areas for Crappie to try have been around where you’ll find bass as well. The month of April is a good time to start targeting the Shell crackers (red ears) that will be moving in the shallows for their spawn time of year to begin. When fishing for the bream, crickets/red wigglers (small worms) rigged on light spinning rod/reel and tackle works best. Typically, the Shell crackers will start to move in first before the Bluegill but lots of times you’ll catch both if you’re targeting one or the other. I have some open dates for March and April still available for bass, crappie and the bream. I can accommodate groups with another guide boat to help if needed. I want to thank my Sponsors for all their support throughout the year: Mercury Marine; Lews; G-Loomis; BnM Poles; Mid-South Tackle; Lakeport Bait & Tackle; Maui Jim sunglasses; Bullet Weights; MegaStrike; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; Gill; Toho Marine; Caymas boats but most of all, My Customers !! To book your next fun-filled day fishing Lake Okeechobee call me at 863-228-7263 check out my website for the most up-to-date fishing reports, hotel accommodations, guide rates, customers and their catches and etc. www.southfloridabassfishing.com
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for January, 2022 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The month of January is one of the best months of the year to fish for big crappie and bass and is a major spawn month. The only negative factor fishing in Jan could be cold weather moving in and wind that will slow the bite down especially the bass, the crappie are not as much affected by the colder temps than the bass but will slow both bites down. The bass are being caught mainly on the North shore area of the lake as well as some spotty areas on Observation Shoal, Monkey box and Dupree bar. Areas around worm cove/dyes ditch has been sprayed and it’s not as good as it was last year at this time but there are fish to be caught and beds are present. Around Indian Prairie and Tin house has seen a lot of boat traffic fishing for both crappie and bass. Other areas have been from Buckhead ridge to 4th point both on the outside edge grass line and back in on the hard wall. The Kissimmee River is producing crappie and although not many anglers fish the river this time of year, crappie anglers are catching those on minnows so don’t overlook fishing the river especially on windy/cold fronts move in. Areas around Hendry creek and little Grassy are producing as well as some areas within the J&S area part of the lake. Bass are biting plastic worms some are chasing chatter bait, spinner bait and swim jig depending on how thick the vegetation is where you’re fishing. Crappie are biting both jigs and minnows and again, depends a lot on where you’re fishing. Areas for crappie are about the same as for bass but the key lately for the crappie have been floating hydrilla mixed with pencil reeds and flat reeds. Bass colors for plastic are: junebug, redbug, white, black/blue and watermelon/red.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for December, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Bass and Crappie fishing on the big O has been a good steady bite and will continue to get even better as we move into the winter time spawn pattern. When bass fishing with customers we’ve been fishing with both live bait and artificial lures or with just lures or just live bait, all depends on what is producing more bites at the time and customer preferences of course. The lures that have been consistently producing bites are plastic worms/senkos; slow working top water lures such as Devil Horses, Zara Spooks, Bang a Lure, Chug Bug and Pop-R’s in colors shad, bluegill and crawdad. Swim jigs worked through the grass as well as swim baits are catching some great quality pre-spawners waiting to move into the shallows and on the beds. On windy days spinner baits, chatter baits and rattle traps in gold and black/blue colors work the best to cover water and catch the ones that are actively feeding. Isolated grass clumps can offer some bigger bass, the best technique to catch those have been flipping/pitching creature-style lures such as crawdad, tubes and smaller senkos in colors black/blue, junebug, redshad, white and crawdad color patterns. When crappie fishing with my customers, I use artificial lures such as small tube jigs tipped with a small round head jig on a 10-11 ft BnM Jig pole and Bucks mini reel. The jigging technique can catch the crappie off the beds as well as the pre and post spawners coming in/out of key areas of the lake. A popular way of catching crappie for some are using small live minnows, anchored on the boat with multiple poles set up. This technique can be productive if you don’t mind sitting in one spot. To really enjoy the lake and expand your fishing knowledge jigging for crappie is a wonderful and fun experience. If you don’t know how, it’s a quick 5 minute lesson and we’re off and running catching crappie and having fun. If you want great tasting fish to eat, specks is the fish to eat and one of the main reasons why Okeechobee gets a lot of people staying during the winter months. Areas to consider next time you’re out on the lake can be: 2nd-3rd pole area of Observation Shoal; some areas in the Monkey Box and Dyess Ditch and up around the point of Horse Island and a few areas on Dupree Bar. Parts of Indian Prairie and Tin house (back inside) as well as 3rd-4th point of the Buckhead Ridge area and at the outside pole of Buckhead Ridge. A few areas in/around Kings Bar, parts of Grassy. On the East side look at Nub N Slough, Hendry Creek lock area and J & S (North side of the lock and down about 1 mile).
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for November, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s water level has been hovering around the 15.65 ft. Fishing around various parts/areas of the lake, I would say the condition of the lake is very good. The bass and crappie are moving into the shallows spawning in certain areas of the lake and the size and quality of both offer anglers lots of fun so now is the time to book your fun and productive time fishing on the big O. I specialize in artificial lure trips for bass and crappie and small live bait for bream is best. I do offer live-bait trips for bass fishing with wild golden shiners. If you only have a 4 hour window to fish, live-bait is the way to go. If you have 6 hours or 8 hours to devote to your day on the water, I suggest fishing with artificial lures so we can cover water and take in all the beautiful scenery and wildlife. I gear my fishing trips around my customers, their fishing capabilities, what they want to learn and enjoy their day on the water. Some popular techniques for catching bass here on Okeechobee are frogs; senkos; top water lures; flipping/pitching; shallow crank baits (outside grass edge); spinner baits; swim baits and swim jigs. A lot of what we’ll be using depends on the bite and of course customer’s preference. For the Speck (crappie trips) I specialize in the jigging technique with a 10 or 11 ft jig pole tipped with what they are biting best with. Jig fishing for specks is a LOT of fun. For those who don’t know how and want to learn, no problem, a quick 5 minute lesson and your good to go. It’s a lot of fun, and you go home with the best tasting fish that Okeechobee offers. That’s why ALL the Northerners are here for the winter time. If you have a group of people, I can accommodate with another guide boat to help out. Fishing Okeechobee makes lasting memories!! If you have any questions or concerns please call, text or email me, I would be happy to answer your questions or any concerns you may have. Now is the time to book your fun day fishing Lake Okeechobee for big bass and crappie.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for October, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake Okeechobee’s water level has pretty much remained around 15.50 ft and some areas of the lake water are absolutely clear and beautiful with various green vegetation like eel grass and pepper grass which are coming back and thriving. I’m seeing schools of bass chasing pods of minnows/shad in the early morning hours when it’s cooler and also towards the early evening hours as well as after some cooling rain showers. I am anticipating another great bass and crappie upcoming season which typically kicks off and gets into full swing the end of October, beginning of November. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that the 2021-2022 upcoming winter will be one of the longest and coldest we’ve seen in years, so now is the time to book your warm weather winter escape to Lake Okeechobee for some exciting bass and crappie fishing ! The bite right now has been good to fair but as the month of October continues and on into November it will pick up as the water starts cooling off and the first wave of the spawning bass for the season start thinking about moving into the shallows to spawn. The bass spawn time of year which is typically November- April is also the same spawn time as for crappie or specks as we like to say here fishing on the big O. Lures that have been producing are: texas-rigged worms/senkos with a light or little slip weight added in colors x-mas, junebug;,redbug and black/blue/blue; some hard top water lures like a devils horse, bang a lure, spook and a pop-r in colors white, bream and shad. Other lures are: swim jigs/baits, frogs and flipping/pitching creature-style lures just covering water and focusing on heavier, clumps of vegetation where shade and cover reside. Areas for bass to try can be between 2nd-4th pole on Observation Shoal, a few parts within the Monkey box area, some areas around Dyess ditch like Worm cove and around the point of Horse Island. A few small areas within Indian Prairie and Tin house. West-side of the pass and a few spots along Kings bar and on around to Hendry creek area. NOW is the time to book your crappie fishing trips. It’s a LOT of fun and you’ll go home with the best tasting/eating fish lake Okeechobee is known for. Please use caution while boating/fishing, be kind and courteous to your fellow boaters, we all want to enjoy our time on the water by making it a pleasurable experience.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for September, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The Lake Okeechobee lake level has been just over 14 ft due to summertime rain showers, natural evaporation and tropical weather systems. The bass fishing has been best at the crack of daylight until about 11:00 am then again late afternoon until about dark. Fishing out on the lake and deeper water areas such as the Kissimmee River and Canals have been producing some great quality bass. Lures to try are: hard top water lures such as Devil Horses and Spooks in colors white, bream and shad work very well along edges of the grass line, edges of the River and Canals. I always keep a worm or senko tied on for the slower more methodical bite especially when the sun gets higher and temps start to warm up. Worm colors to try are junebug, pumpkin seed, watermelon/red, red shad and black/blue. Summertime is a great time to keep your deep cranking skills fine-tuned around River ledges/drop-offs/turns/deep hole areas. I actually keep a shallow crank bait handy that dives to about 4 ft and a deeper crankbait that runs around 12ft. My color choice is a bream pattern, shad and crawdad pattern tipped on 12lb. mono line….yep, old school but mono line has never let me down. A good choice that is reasonably priced is Trilene big game, color green and most Walmart’s carry it in the fishing department. Summertime can be a good time to tie on a jig and concentrate on isolated grass clumps especially around bluegill/shellcracker beds. Your typical black/blue or brown colors are about all you need, tipped with a small plastic craw sized right for the size jig your using. I use braid line for flipping/pitching/frogs/swimbaits, rattle traps and spinnerbaits. I typically use Samuri 50-60 lb test. The line is very thin diameter and offers superb casting capabilities. Also on the deck of my boat tied on, ready to go is a lizard. Summer is a great time to throw these around bream beds, deep/shallow water as well. I typically stick with basic colors like junebug, red shad, watermelon/red and sometimes white. If you have 5-6 rods on the deck rigged with the above mentioned lures, you’re pretty set to go. Once you find an area that the bass are eating well and are cooperative it provides a lot of fun for my customers to enjoy their time fishing on the big O. As a Professional fishing guide, not only catching fish is important but also my customers learn newer techniques, tips and pointers, history of the lake and some other pertinent information about the big O, not to mention all the beautiful wildlife.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for July/August 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Lake O’s water level is holding just over 12.5 ft., should continue to remain around that depth depending on rain and water releases. This time of year can be tricky when fishing on the lake due to areas that have a rock bottom, coming/getting your boat on plane and etc. If you plan to fish the lake, stay with the safe option and choose to fish the Kissimmee River, canals and deeper water areas like the dynamite holes located on the south-end. If you plan to fish the lake use extreme caution and keep an alert sense as to possible pop-up thunderstorms that we encounter during the summer as well. If you’re not comfortable fishing the lake, hire a Professional Guide. I take all walks-of-life people fishing ranging from Pro’s, weekender warriors, to “just a few times of year” type anglers, it does not matter, what matters is that a Professional Guide will gear the trip towards what a customer’s capabilities and comfort level is so the fishing experience will be both fun, productive and educational. When booking a fishing trip with a guide, if you’re not feeling “the right vibe” then that guide is not for you while communicating…I prefer the old fashion phone conversation myself so I can ask customers questions as well so that I may understand what they want to get from the trip such as fishing tips/pointers, lure selection and knot tying, rod/reel selection and etc. I respond to all my potential customer’s text, emails and phone calls in a very timely manner and I have always taken the time to answer all questions to make the customer feel comfortable and excited about their upcoming fishing day. Biting now are bass and bream and the Crappie bite normally starts back up in November. Live-shiners works best first thing in the mornings for bass before the water temperature gets hotter and kills the bait. I gear my trip around my customers needs/wants such as live-bait, then finish with artificial lures or just lures for the day. For the bream bite I use crickets, small red worms and beetle spins…what I use depends on what they are biting best and customer preference/comfort ability too. Depending on where the better is…I sometimes fish both the lake and the River so customers can experience both. Bass lures that are producing bites are: swim jigs; swim baits; frogs; hard top-water lures worked on the outer edges and grass pockets, flipping/pitching creature-style lures into smaller isolated vegetation clumps and reeds; big worms/senkos worked in flats where bream are known to spawn. My lure selection and how we fish depends on a few factors: how my customers can fish and their comfort ability, weather and bite. I customize the trip to your needs and wants…that’s what makes a great guide. Areas to try are: some hotter spots along the Shoal; certain areas around Dupree bar and the Monkey box; Worm cove and some areas around Horse Island, Tin house and some spots on Kings Bar, Hendry Creek and around Taylor Creek area.
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
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for April, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Another crappie spawn season is done and in the books, to catch the next beginning spawn time for the 2021-2022 book your trip soon…the “season typically runs Nov-March.
I’d like to comment on my experience throughout the course of this past guide season as a working guide especially during the “very busy” Crappie season….referring to heavy boat traffic. First, the amount of Crappie “Speck” anglers on the lake this past season was like none other than I have ever experienced in the 22+ years I have been fishing this lake. Ok, I understand that Florida is wide open due to COVID. I have Nothing against anyone or anybody fishing But when people come in on a boat that they know are guides and are making their living guiding people on the water why would anybody encroach and fish very closely to a working boat? Ah, let’s see….because we know where the fish are…..ya think? Only through hard work, time on the water, the cost of boat gas and oil and Knowledge over the years! I am so fed up with disrespectful and rude people both on the water and at the boat ramps…like it’s all about them. MAYBE next season will be a Much Nicer and Less Disrespectful experience !!!
Back to the report…. April is typically the start of the bream season in which they will move into the shallows to spawn and will continue throughout the late springtime months on into the summer months. The tackle that is best suited for catching bream can be a 6-6 ½-7 ft rod/reel ultra-light spinning gear with 4-6 lb. mono fishing line typically rigged with a small bobber, small split shot weight pegged just above a #2 pan fish hook tipped with either a live small cricket or a red worm or red wiggler. Areas that bream like to bed in are typically around vegetation with a sandy, somewhat hard, shelly-type bottom area of the lake, typically the water depth can range from 1 ½ ft – 3 ½ ft or a little deeper, depending on the lake conditions/area you are fishing. The month of April/May can be a fun time to fish for bass especially if you like to throw top water lures such as spooks, devil horse and etc. When targeting bream you’ll also be around bass that will be feeding on the bream on/around the beds. When fishing for bass in this type setting you’ll also want to keep on hand a frog rod, flipping/pitching stick, worm rod and a swim jig. Colors for plastics typically are June bug; Black and Blue; Shad/Bluegill pattern (for shallow cranks); white and Red bug. If its fingerling river catfish you want to catch, the beginning of May typically marks a great time to start catching them. I take guided trips targeting fingerling catfish in the river. It provides lots of fun and typically we’ll also catch bluegill and shell crackers (red ears) along with them…all on spinning gear and light tackle.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for March 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Bass and Crappie fishing has remained somewhat steady, last month we encountered cold, windy days which slowed the bite especially for the bass but all in all for the month of February it was a good one and kept me very busy putting smiles on customers faces as they reeled in their biggest bass and/or amount of crappie they took home for some great-tasting meals. The month of March typically is a time that the bream start moving into the shallows for the spawn but depends on the weather (such as cold-fronts) therefore, water temperatures. The bass spawn will remain active throughout the Spring months, typically March and April can produce some fun, fast action days of fishing due to more consistent weather/water temperatures and cold-fronts behind us but don’t rule out the Crappie bite being over until late March, perhaps into early/mid April such as two-years ago, when they were still spawning the end of April. If fishing Lake Okeechobee has always been on your bucket list, now is a good time to book your bream, crappie and bass trip of a lifetime. Areas to look at when bass fishing can be on the West-side on the Shoal area around Whidden’s Pass; 2nd-3rd pole; some spots in the Monkey Box; Dyess Ditch and point of Horse Island; some spots around Indian Prairie and back inside at Tin House. Also the pass around Buckhead Ridge always holds bass but gets a lot pressure and could make for a tough bite. Some areas to look at when Crappie fishing has been the Kissimmee River; Government Cut; some areas on Kings Bar; 2nd point; some spots around Indian Prairie and Dupree Bar and a few areas on the Shoal. Lures for bass are: senkos; top water (devils horse/spook) worked methodically and slow; frog/swim bait in/around thicker vegetation areas where pre-spawn bream are moving into the shallow areas; flipping/pitching isolated vegetation areas such as reeds clumps, and etc. Lure colors for bass are: June bug; Red bug; Black/Blue; White and shad/crawdad patterns for shallow cranks. For the Crappie bite, depending on your preference, live-small minnows have been a staple especially when the bite gets a little tough. Along with minnows, small hair jigs/tubes has been working well if you want to cover water and jig. To book your fun-filled and productive day fishing Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or check out my website where you’ll find up-to-date customers and their catches; fishing report (present/past); what’s included when booking a trip; hotel accommodations; fishing license and etc. Have a group of people? I can accommodate “group trips” and “multiple days” which can include fishing for bass, crappie and bream
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for February, 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The crappie and bass bite for the past few months has been really good and pretty much consistent but slows a bit when the cold fronts hit, give it a day or two and the bite is back on again especially for the bass since they are more affected than the specks. Since mid Jan. no water releases we were told would be released from the lake, holding the water level around the 15.5 ft mark. While out on the water you’ll see areas that the eel grass and hydrilla have begun to grow back, giving that “fishy area feel/look”. The more consistent bass bite has been with live-bait especially when the weather is all-over the board. The artificial lure bite is fun producing some top-water, frog and worm bites but is not consistent, one day you catch them and the next it can be a slow day, just no consistency right now but that all will change soon when the bream start to move into the shallows for the spawn. Areas on the lake that have been producing crappie bites is the Kissimmee River; Nub n Slough; around Taylor Creek; some areas on Kings Bar; Horse Island; Monkey Box/Dupree Bar and some areas around Observation Shoal. Both minnows and lures for Crappie have been producing limits and quality size for sure. The bass bite has been in the same areas pretty much as for the Crappie. With the cold fronts that we are getting from time to time, fishing in areas closer to deep water when bass fishing like the River and Canals has been a definite plus for sure. Bass lure colors to try can be: June bug; Redbug; Black; White; Crawdad and Bluegill patterns for shallow cranks and flipping lures. Whether you’re looking to book a trip to learn the lake, fishing techniques or just enjoy the beautiful scenery while catching some great quality Crappie and Bass, now is the time to book your fun-filled day fishing on Lake Okeechobee. I can accommodate groups with multi-boat trips as well as back-to-back fishing days.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for Jan., 2021 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The bass and crappie bite is on and people are booking their fun filled day on the water by wetting lines, catching fish, having fun and enjoying the wonderful south Florida weather. A typical bass outing with my clients includes using some live-bait (wild shiners) and finishing up their time on the water throwing some artificial lures, some customers fish one or the other for the day but it all depends on how they want to spend their time. I customize each trip to my customers request so they will walk away having experienced a fun, educated and productive day on the water. Both the bass and crappie spawn time will continue throughout the winter months and on into the spring time of year so book your trip soon in order to get your preferred day(s) to fish. The bream bite starts to pick up and I get bookings starting in early April and goes all summer long. Places to try for bass fishing can be on the West side on/around Observation Shoal area; Whiddens Pass and some areas in the Monkey box. Some areas around Dyess ditch; Worm cove and Horse/Dupree bar. On the North shore, some spotty areas around Indian Prairie and some hot spots in/around Tin house. Buckhead ridge and the end of Kings Bar have been producing as well as some spotty areas throughout Kings Bar and Grassy. On the east side try around Nub n Slough; some areas around Hendry creek and some spotty areas in/around J&S area. Lures that have been producing bites for bass can be: worms; swim baits, swim jigs, spinner baits (on windy days), shallow cranks on the outside edges of the grass and flipping/pitching creature-style lures. A good color pattern to try can be June bug; Redbug; Shad; Bluegill and some white. A lot depends on water clarity, sunny/cloudier days. For crappie fishing, it depends on your style of fishing, you can choose to drift/slow troll out in open water targeting the ones that are schooling/feeding up before heading into the shallows to spawn or you can anchor up with and fish with live minnows on/around grass edges and pockets or you can get into the thick of it and jig them off the beds. All three ways of catching crappie (specks) is fun, again, it’s all in what the customer prefers to do…I specialize in jigging with artificial lures in the shallows. I take first-timers quite often, so if you want to learn, it’s a quick 5 minute lesson and it’s Fun. The best part is being to take your catch home and provides a wonderful meal(s). Areas to try for crappie can be very near the locations for bass that I mentioned above. Please use caution when boating on the lake, be Kind and Courteous to those of us making a Living at taking people fishing for day. There is plenty of space out on the lake and No Reason to fish near working boats.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for Dec., 2020 by Capt. Angie Douthit, Okeechobee, Fl
Lake Okeechobee has been fishing really well for both bass and crappie. The crappie bite was slow to get going in early-mid November due to warm water conditions but the bite has kicked into high gear, so now is the time to book your fun-filled day catching some great eating fish. The bass have begun spawning and will continue to get stronger as will the crappie from December moving forward. I’ve been booking both artificial lure and live bait trips for bass and both have been producing bites, live-bait being the most dependable during crazier weather timeframes, but most important is what the customer wants to learn from the trip. Some lures that have been producing are: swim baits, top water, worms, rattle traps and spinner baits for some schooling bass activity on the outside grass edge and the flipping/pitching technique that has become a staple her on the big O. I provide all rod/reels and artificial lures used for your day on the water. For the crappie trips, I specialize in the shallow water jigging technique, targeting them on the beds using BnM ultra-light jig poles tipped with a round jig head tipped with Mid South tubes. Small live minnows is great to use for more open-water areas and grass-edges with the boat anchored. Both techniques are fun and produce bites, all depends again on what the customer prefers. Areas around the lake that have been fishing good…starting on the West side can be the Monkey box area and around to the Whidden’s Pass area and parts of the Observation Shoal area; around Horse Island and some parts of Indian Prairie; mid-back part of Tin House and on up to 2nd and 3rd points leading to Buckhead Ridge area. The end of King’s Bar and a few other areas within King’s Bar are producing bites and on the east side try around Nub-N-Slough and Hendry Creek. Artificial lure colors for bass are: June bug, Red bug, Black/Blue, Crawdad and White.
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.
To book your next fun-filled, productive day fishing on the big O, call me at 863-228-7263 or check out my newly designed website www.southfloridabassfishing.com My Sponsors are: Mercury Marine; G-Loomis; Lews; Mega Strike; Bullet Weights; Gill; Maui Jim; Gene Larew; Pradco Brands; BnM Poles; Mid-South tackle; Real Magic and TTI-Blakemore products.
October, 2020 fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie
Bass fishing in the month of October can be a fun time whether you choose to use live-bait or throw some lures and cover water using lures ranging from hard top baits to the flipping/pitching technique AND time to book your Crappie trip using artificial lures. You can expect some variations in weather pattern such as cooler days; high temperature days; some wind and rain as we push towards the Winter timeframe months but typically the Fall months produce some big bass and fun times on the water as they feed up in the shallows and some offshore areas in preparation for the first spawn of the season. If it’s the excitement of top water lures you love, this is the time to throw them along the edges of the grass; open hole areas surrounding by vegetation and isolated grassy areas. A devils horse is my favorite, modified and using monofilament line…the type of blades whether pointed or round for the time of year makes a difference as well as the choice of line and knot you tie. For the flipping/pitching technique a creature-style lure or mid-size jig works well depending on the Anglers skill level, water temperature, current weather conditions and vegetation. My favorite plastic style lure for flipping/pitching is the Gene Larew hawg craw. A good jig that works well is the Medlock jig with either a june bug; black/blue or crawdad colored skirt is a good choice. Big worms as well as senkos always works here on the big O, I typically use senkos in thicker, grassier areas so the worm doesn’t hang up as much and use the big worms in more sparser , less grassy areas…sometimes adding a rattle whether inserted into the worm or as your weight can add extra bites. This is also a good time to fish more open-water areas to catch schooling bass which produces some fun and fast excitement and when you find schoolies it normally doesn’t matter what’s in your hand they will typically bite it because they are in a feeding mode. Deeper water areas of the lake such as the canals and River can be just as good fishing as the lake especially on windier days. A mid-deep crank bait can be very productive as well as big worms worked up ledges and drop-offs as well top water lures worked slowly especially along rock rip-rap and where deeper water comes up quickly to shallower water areas. The crank bait color choice can be shad; crawdad; bluegill and chartreuse depending on water clarity and time of year. Rattle traps and Spinner baits can cover a lot of water and on windier days you definitely need to have one or the other tied on. I use a gold colored trap or silver w/blue trap depending on water clarity/time of year and a chartreuse/white or all white colored spinner bait skirt with either a double willow-leaf blade or single, again depending on water clarity and time of year. I hope this information helps you to have a better, more fun time on the water. To book a trip with me as your Professional guide on Lake Okeechobee call or text me at 863-228-7263. I can accommodate multi-day trips as well as groups. For more information go to www.southfloridabassfishing.com. My Sponsors include: Mercury Marine; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Bullet Weights; Real Magic; Gene Larew; Pradco; Mega Strike; Mid-South Tackle; BnM Poles; Gill marine wear and Maui Jim sunglasses.
September, 2020 fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie
Bass fishing in the month of September and October can be a fun time whether you choose to use live-bait or throw some lures and cover water using lures ranging from hard top baits to the flipping/pitching technique AND time to book your Crappie trip using artificial lures. During those months you can expect some variations in weather pattern such as cooler days; high temperature days; some wind and rain as we push towards the Winter timeframe months but typically the Fall months produce some big bass and fun times on the water as they feed up in the shallows and some offshore areas in preparation for the first spawn of the season. If it’s the excitement of top water lures you love, this is the time to throw them along the edges of the grass; open hole areas surrounding by vegetation and isolated grassy areas. A devils horse is my favorite, modified and using monofilament line…the type of blades whether pointed or round for the time of year makes a difference as well as the choice of line and knot you tie. For the flipping/pitching technique a creature-style lure or mid-size jig works well depending on the Anglers skill level, water temperature, current weather conditions and vegetation. My favorite plastic style lure for flipping/pitching is the Gene Larew hawg craw. A good jig that works well is the Medlock jig with either a june bug; black/blue or crawdad colored skirt is a good choice. Big worms as well as senkos always works here on the big O, I typically use senkos in thicker, grassier areas so the worm doesn’t hang up as much and use the big worms in more sparser , less grassy areas…sometimes adding a rattle whether inserted into the worm or as your weight can add extra bites. This is also a good time to fish more open-water areas to catch schooling bass which produces some fun and fast excitement and when you find schoolies it normally doesn’t matter what’s in your hand they will typically bite it because they are in a feeding mode. Deeper water areas of the lake such as the canals and River can be just as good fishing as the lake especially on windier days. A mid-deep crank bait can be very productive as well as big worms worked up ledges and drop-offs as well top water lures worked slowly especially along rock rip-rap and where deeper water comes up quickly to shallower water areas. The crank bait color choice can be shad; crawdad; bluegill and chartreuse depending on water clarity and time of year. Rattle traps and Spinner baits can cover a lot of water and on windier days you definitely need to have one or the other tied on. I use a gold colored trap or silver w/blue trap depending on water clarity/time of year and a chartreuse/white or all white colored spinner bait skirt with either a double willow-leaf blade or single, again depending on water clarity and time of year. I hope this information helps you to have a better, more fun time on the water.
To book your next fun-filled, productive day fishing on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or log onto my newly revised website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com I can accommodate multiple day trips as well as group trips. My Sponsors include: G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gill; Maui-Jim; Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Pradco Brands; Mega Strike; BnM Poles; Bullet weights; Mid-South Tackle and Gene Larew.
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.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for June/July 2020
Early June is bringing much needed rain to the lake which gives a reprieve from the early morning heat/humidity. Most of the fishing of late has been taking place in the Kissimmee River and Canals only due to low water levels out in the lake. Despite the much needed rain which will help raise the water, the water will be released back out of the lake which makes boating/fishing safety very hazardous unless you are very familiar with confidently navigating the big O. The bass fishing bite has been sporadic, biting in spurts with the early morning hours seeing some action then experiencing a lull mid-afternoon then picking up again late afternoon to early eve hours. The water temperature has been in the high 80’s which makes for some good top water action at first daylight for a few hours at most, as the morning progresses you may some schooling activity, although very brief can offer some good, fast and fun action, typically anything in your hand at the time will produce some bites, occasionally landing some really nice-size bass. As the late morning/early afternoon time approaches, you may want to slow your presentation down and throw something that can be worked real slow like senkos or big worms and jigs on the bottom. Since the water temperature is hot, the bass will be a little slow to react but usually when they bite they hold onto the bait and swim off with it. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of bites throwing a Rapala DT series ranging in depth from 3-16 ft, bouncing it off rocks, rip-rap and ledges. A good color-choice can be bluegill, shad and crawdad. Some of my customers have been opting to fish with live-bait for bass to help increase the bite, some days its more productive than just artificial lures and some days not, it all depends on the customers and their capabilities as to how they can fish and their comfort /confidence level. Some areas on the lake to try have been Kings Bar; 3rd & 4th point; Indian Praire; the flats out from Dyess Ditch area and the Shoal and some areas on the east side on out a ways from the grass edge around J & S area. The bream bite has been the most consistent lately fishing with live red wriggler worms and crickets on ultra-light spinning tackle normally spooled with 6-8 lb test. A good area to try is along the River and canal edges. If you like to catch fingerling catfish now is a good time to fish for the as they are in the shallows feeding on the bream eggs. You can fish for them the same way you fish for bream, live red worms works best. Remember to always use caution when boating on the lake due to low water levels. If you want to book a trip to fish the lake, I would suggest in waiting until late Summer/early fall when the water levels are up and bass are feeding more consistently, good months to consider are October; November into early Dec.
To book your fun-filled and productive day on the water call or text me at 863-228-7263 or check out my new website www.southfloridabassfishing.com where you’ll find all the information you need to book your trip. Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gill; Maui-Jim; Mercury Marine; Real Magic; Pradco Brands; Mega Strike; BnM Poles; Bullet weights; Mid-South Tackle and Gene Larew.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for April/May 2020
Submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
Water level on Lake Okeechobee has been around 11.50 ft which can be very dangerous for boater safety. I try to stress every year that when the Corp. of Engineers lower the lake level (12.50 and below) use extreme caution. If you’re not sure what parts of the lake have a hard-rock bottom just come off plane a ways out from the grass edge then idle into the area you are wanting to fish. It can be time consuming but it’s worth it if you want to keep your lower engine unit intact. This time of year is the best time to catch shell crackers (red ears); they can be found in the shallows in a sandy, shell rock bottom, usually with some type of vegetation nearby. The bedding season for them typically is mid March – mid June and they prefer small red worms or crickets used on small spinning tackle with 6 lb line. I have found shell crackers on beds mixed in with bluegills that are on the beds as well. This isn’t uncommon as they both prefer a sandy, shelly bottom preferably with some type of vegetation and they both can be caught with either live red worms or live crickets. Typically, you can catch bluegill in the shallows year round but the main spawning time for bluegill is now and their season will last through the summer months. Bass fishing has remained pretty decent with the majority of the bass in the post-spawn mode which means, feeding time big time! This means schooling bass chasing shad along the grass edges which can be produce lots of action with rattle traps; shallow crank baits; spinner baits and top water. You’ll also find bass feeding on bream up in the shallows which is great action for plastic frogs; swim baits and chatter baits. This is also the best time to throw some top water lures worked in/around grass pockets/edges such as a devils horse worked methodically/slowly, spooks and pop’rs are also a good choice. Don’t forget the deeper water areas like the canals; rim-ditch and the river; bass like to hang out in deeper water in the hotter summer months. This is a great time to throw jigs and big worms and work the ledges and drop-offs. Plastic colors that work really well this time of year is June bug; Red shad/Tequila Sunrise; Green-Pumpkin; white; Black/Blue and Crawdad shades. Areas to fish for bream and bass are Kissimmee River; parts of Kings Bar; Buckhead Ridge on down to Tin House; some parts of the Indian Prairie and Horse Island; Observation Shoal on down to the Blue hole (close to Uncle Joe’s cut); some areas on the East side like Hendry Creek and some places down to J & S. If you’re heading over to the East side remember that Hendry Creek area has a rock bottom that extends a long way out and J & S is nothing but rock…so please use extreme caution.
Lake Okeechobee fishing report for March/April, 2020
Submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit
The water level has been slowly coming down as it normally does for this time of year preparing for the upcoming rainy season and to expose some parts of the lake in preparation for a vegetation burn off. April is typically a time to start looking for bream beds and catching the last of the late big bass spawners but for the most part it will be post-spawn bass fishing action which is always a fun and exciting time to fish Lake Okeechobee. If you like the excitement of that top water bite, April is a great time to dust off your favorite lure and start targeting the edges of the grass, pockets, cuts and along rock ledges. You might see some bass schooling activity feeding on shad which makes for great rattle trap; spinner bait and shallow crank bait activity and there’s always the up-shallow bite for the bass that are feeding on the bream that have moved up to spawn which offers some fun swim bait/swim jig and frog action. April and May have always been one of my favorite times to fish Okeechobee because of the multitude of ways of catching bass and marks a good time to catch the early bream spawners which is a lot of fun for the kids and we’re not into the hot summertime temperatures yet; no cold snaps to deal with and it’s not the rainy/thunderstorm time of year yet. If you’d like to book a trip fishing for bass and bream or both, I have 14 dates in April still available. I supply all light spinning tackle used for bream fishing and all rods/reels for bass fishing whether you use bait casters or spinning gear and all my tackle is top of the line and my 21 foot Stratos boat will hold three customers. Lures to use when searching/fishing for bass can be swim jigs; swim baits; spinner baits; rattle traps; top water lures; frogs; worms and creature-style lures for flipping/pitching and shallow-running cranks for lake fishing and mid/deep cranks for river and canals. A good color choice pattern can be the crawdad; shad and bream shades. Areas on the lake to start looking for bream can be the North shore; Dupree Bar; some parts of the Shoal; Tin house; parts of Kings bar; Hendry Creek and areas around rock like Indian Prairie Canal; Clewiston Channel and edges of the dynamite holes on the south-end and the Kissimmee River.
To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing call me at 863-228-7263 or log onto my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com . I can accommodate group trips and multiple day trips. My sponsors include: Mercury Marine; G-Loomis; Lews; Bullet Weights; Gill; Maui Jim; Real Magic; Navionics; BnM Poles; Mid-South and Pradco Brands.