The spots continue to bite as the weather continues to cool



Around Polk County

1 Around Lakeland, in Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on Butterfly, Coronet Fish Hook, Halfmoon, Horseshoe, Hydrilla, Shop, Tern, 3, 4, 5, A and C. Lakes Cemetery, Lost Lake East, Picnic, 2 lakes and B also had a high catch rate. Last week, 21 big basses over 19 inches were reported. Three basses were over 22 inches tall and the largest was 27 inches. Hydrilla and Picnic lakes had the best speck bite. Lakes Cemetery, Derby, Horseshoe, Legacy, Picnic, Pine and B had the best bite of panfish. The catfish bite was better at the Lakes Cemetery, Coronet, Legs and Picnic, reports FWC biologist Paolo Pecora. At Saddle Creek, 4-5 pound bass have been caught on minnows, but the artificial bite is slow. Bluegill and tilapia bite red worms along the riverbanks and the back of the park produces the best. Around town, Crago, Hollingsworth, and Parker lakes produced some spot boundaries while drifting the deeper holes. The nighttime bite was the best, reports Kyle Stafford at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).

Fish of the week

Speckled Perch— The cool weather has really taken the bite out of the Polk County area. A number of places are starting to report limits on fish caught.

Strike zone, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

2 In Auburndale, Lake Ariana produces good sized point boundaries at night on minnows in deeper water. Around Alfred Lake, Haines, Rochelle, and Swoope lakes produce spots both day and night, but nighttime is preferable. Haines Lake also produces bluegill sunfish. Lake Rochelle produces bass weighing up to 5 pounds on minnows and lipless baits, reports Ron Schelfo of Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).

Michael Carroll took a big bass with that 8.21 pounds to help him and his partner Jeff C. Jones reach a total weight of 12.84 pounds to claim third place in the Performance Bass Anglers tournament on the 9th. October at Crooked Lake.

3 In Winter Haven, Jessie Lake produces night spots on minnows. The channel between Cannon and Idylwild lakes produces spots and bars bite around mouths. Shipp Lake produces school bass from the shore on a variety of baits, Schelfo reports.

4 At Lake Hamilton, some spots bite while dragging minnows and jigs on shell bars in deeper water on all three lakes. The first light until around 8:30 a.m. was the most productive time. The bass bite is still pretty good on plastic worms and early spinnerbaits along the grass lines from the middle to the outside. The great lake produces bluegill sunfish, reports Matt Ingram of Hoppy’s Marine (863-439-7616).

5 At Lake Marion near Haines City, some bass bite around larger patches of hydrilla and the bait begins to stick around the hydrilla as well. Some scattered sunfish bite around the pads, Ingram reports.

6 At Pierce Lake, some spot boundaries were captured on minnows while they were anchored in deep water. A few spots also bite while drifting with jigs and minnows, reports Jennings Resort (863-439-3811).

7 At Lake Hatchineha, local fishermen catch spots while drifting hourglass minnows past the harbor. Bars are still educating themselves on the shell bars around marker 10. Start with a junebug-colored shaking head, a cunning worm. Then upgrade to a shad-colored lipless crankbait, reports Charlie Wynperle at Bridgemaster Fishing Products (863-676-1009.

8 At Lake Toho, bass fishing is good, but the fish are a bit scattered with the cool weather. They always bite at the south end on Shad-colored Rat-L-Traps and white and gold spinnerbaits. Both deep and shallow areas are producing at this time, so it is essential to cover the water. Bluegill and cracker still bite red worms on the hard bottom of the 22 marker. The point bite was good around the edges of the hydrilla outside the Lake Toho RV Resort. The jigs were very productive along the grass edges in 5 to 6 feet of water, reports Captain Brent Kirkendall of Horizon Fishing.

Seth Simmons took a big bass with that 5.03 pounds, right, at the Fort Meade Middle-High School Bass Club tournament Oct. 9 in Lake Arbuckle.

9 At Lake Kissimmee, Anglers should have an assortment of rods with minnows or jigs on the deep grass lines for best numbers. Colder temperatures bring lows back to shallower water and several methods are produced. At first, throw a plastic worm at the mouth of the kicker tracks. Then later move to the thick pads and flip over a creature bait. Several spars weighing 25 pounds and over were captured last week, Wynperle reports.

10 At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, spots start to appear off when drifting minnows and jigs. Bass are most active early in the morning. A watermelon-red colored swimbait or chartreuse-and-white spinnerbait should produce a good deed, Wynperle reports.

11 At Crooked Lake in Babson Park, On Tuesday morning, two fishermen caught 30 bass weighing up to 5 pounds on dark-colored plastic worms in the shallow northeast corner. Another angler this week caught bass weighing up to 4 pounds on surface frogs and dark colored worms in 2 to 4 feet of water along the US side 27. A few spots were caught on minnows as they drifted during the day and while anchored at night, but big numbers aren’t yet, Cindy Ritchison reports at Bob’s Landing (863-638-1912). The spots are starting to bite day and night in the deeper waters around Wirt’s Point, reports Jim Childress of Big Bass Bait & Tackle (352-207-7520).

Polk County Freshwater Fishing Map

12 Frost proof, the speck sting is felt at Lake Reedy while drifting minnows in 8 feet of water. Fishermen catch around 10 to 12 fish per morning. Bluegill bites red worms on the bottom about 6 feet away. Bass bite the surface frogs around the pads at the southern end of the lake early. Speed ​​worms and minnows occur later in the day. Lake Clinch produces bass on worms and Carolina-wedged minnows on the west side around brush piles, Childress reports.

13 In the phosphate pits near Mulberry, the bass bite has been pretty slow this week, but the chrome and black colored lipless crankbaits still produce decent action. Areas with hydrilla in 5 to 8 feet of water are best. The red colored junebug or junebug Vibe tailed worms also produce in the same areas. A few sunfish have been caught on crickets and red worms under a cork around the edges of hydrilla, reports Danny Hamm of Stones Bait & Tackle (863-940-4898)


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