Top bass Lakes in Polk co.

Bass fishing in Central Florida is the best in the country.

bass fishing in Central Florida
Largemouth bass Saddle Creek

These 10 lakes are my picks for The top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co.

1. To start off I’ll take Lake Kissimmee as the best prospect for trophy bass. This 34,948 acre lake has produced lot of 10+ bass through the years. While most of the lake is in Osceola Co. It can be accessed from Polk Co. at the Hwy 60 boat ramp on the south side of the lake.

2. Lake Rosalie is a less known lake to the general public. At 4578 acres it provides some good bass fishing and excellent crappie fishing in the winter months.It has good cover consisting of eel grass, maiden cane, hydrilla, cattails and bullrushes. Located next to Lake Kissimmee it gets a lot less fishing pressure than Kissimmee.

3. Next on the list would be Lake Walk-in-the-Water. This lake has 7549 acres. And is generally a shallower lake than most.At 6ft to 8ft in most of the lake. This lake also kinda a sleeper lake that not many other than locals have heard of. It offers fine bass fishing and panfishing.

Fishing with live shiners is the key to catching trophy bass.

Like most of the top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co. fishing with wild shiners are the top bait for trophy bass. Crappie fishing can be excellent also. So try this lake out. I think you’ll like it.

4. Tiger lake is a smaller lake in 2086 acres often overlooked little gem of Central Florida. This a good lake to use a swim jig like Scorpion Swim jigs. These jigs can be fished in and around the cover. It is located just east of Lake Rosalie. This lake offers good bass and crappie fishing year round.

5. Lake Pierce is a 3856 acre lake.It averages about 9 to 10 ft at it’s deepest point. Located just east of Haines City Florida. It has your typical aquatic vegatation. Like eel grass, bulrushes, hydrilla, lily pads, and more.

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6. With 3021 acres Lake Marion is a good size lake. With a good poulation of bass and panfish. It also is located close to Haines City Florida. Typical tactics work here. Fish the hydrilla flats with Ultra spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Then as the sun rises I like to use Scorpion jigs to flip, pitch,or cast to grass patches or bulrushes and all the other types of vegatation.

7. Over near Frostproff,Florida. Crooked Lake stands out as a 4219 acre lake. It is deeper than most Florida lakes but has some holes approaching 30ft deep. Bass fishing is good in this lake. And it has a boat ramp on the south side of the lake off of Hwy 630.

Try some Scorpion Swim jigs for bigger bass

8. Lake Arbuckle is a 3809 acre lake. It’s a shallow lake averaging about 3 to 4 ft around the edge and some times shallower than that. It’s deepest point is 8ft. Good lake for crappie and catfish. The bass fishing is also good here. It’s a few miles east of Avon Park,Florida. On hwy 64.

9. Lake Hamilton is right in the middle of Polk Co. Being a 2239 acre lake it has a pretty good population of bass. It’s panfishing is good also with some nice bluegill. This lake is approximately 10 ft deep at it’s deepest. It’s a shallow lake over all but offers all different types of cover to fish. Use a June bug colored C- tail plastic worm flipped in the bulrushes and buggywhips.

10. Last but not least the Winter Haven chain both north and south offers a number of lakes to fish on. Connected to each other by canals. So you can fish more than one lake in a day. Some of these lakes have different water clarity. Some are tannic stained while others are clear and in between. All the lakes on the chain have good to excellent populations of bass and panfish.

Jose's bass
Lake Ariana bass

So get out and do some fishing on Central Florida’s lakes.

Bass fishing with wild shiners.

Bass fishing with wild shiners is the best way to catch Florida bass.

Saddle creek bass from bank

Fishing for trophy bass requires a lot of patience.Bass fishing with wild shiners is your best bet to connect with a fish of a lifetime. Most of the trophy bass caught here in Central Florida are caught using shiners.Bass love em. All the lakes around Central Florida are perfect for live baiting for bass. They are shallow dish pan shaped lakes. Ringed with grass patches and lily pads eelgrass you name it.

Rigging for live shiners.

There are some places that you can fish for bass on the bank. But most of the time a boat is required to get to the honey holes. Bass fishing in Florida requires a little home work if you want to catch a trophy. Rigging for live bait is a pretty simple affair. The two methods I use are: #1 using a 2 1/2 in”oval float about three feet above the bait.

The second method is free lining without a float.Just tying your hook on the line and casting out. Method #1 is as simple as it gets.Just anchor up on your intended honey hole. And cast out to the cover and watch your float until you get a strike.With free lining more attention needs to be paid to your line.To see what it’s doing.Watching your line take off towards the cover indicates that you are hooked up. To get the products you might need to fish live bait logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com/products.

Locating places for bass fishing.

In Florida you don’t have to go far to find places to fish. In Polk County there are 261 named lakes. That’s not counting phosphate pits, private lakes and rivers. Places like Saddle Creek park in between Lakeland and Auburndale,Fl on highway 92. This place is some old phosphate pits that they made a park out of. This is a good place to go if you don’t have a boat. You can fish off the bank in many spots there.I’ve caught some trophy fish there with shiners fishing right off the bank.

Jose Lopez with a nice one

As you can see from the picture above my boat is just a 16.5 ft Alumacraft boat. Combined with a 25 hp Mercury it’s a nice rig. You just have to watch the weather.

So you can also get into some of the fishing for Peacock bass. And some other exotic’s down in south Florida. The techniques don’t change but you might be fishing in a canal system. Which is better for bank fishing. Remember to pick up after yourself. You would not like it if I came to your house and took a dump on your front porch. We have a beautiful state let’s keep it that way.

Well that about wraps it up for this post.If you would like more info check out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.

So stay tuned for future posts. I’ll show you some of the best bass fishing lakes in central Florida.

You want to catch bigger fish.

The bigger the bait bigger the fish really holds true.

You want to catch bigger fish.Bigger bait bigger fish.The saying that has truth to it.A big fish can take a bigger bait than a small fish.A smaller fish won’t get hooked as a bigger fish will. A small fish will hit the bait but can’t swallow it.The fish will pick it up by the tail. And run with it.When setting the hook you get nothing.

Here at Country Boys Tackle Box. We solve this problem by combining a Crawbug trailer with the Scorpion jig.

Scorpion jigs and Crawbug trailers

A Crawbug is hooked in the head portion of the bait. To give a bigger appearance. ( here’s a tip don’t store plastic baits with your jigs. The oils in the plastic will destroy your jigs.Also the plastic skirts and plastic collars.The paint can be stripped also.When not in use take the plastic trailers off and store seperately). This will make your baits last longer.

By using a plastic worm like the C-tail which is 8″ long you can eliminate some of the little guys and focus more on the bigger fish. I also use a giant plastic worm made by Mann’s. It’s a 13″ long monster. But it produces some larger fish on the average.

Pair up the Scorpion jig and Crawbug trailer to catch bigger fish. So give this fishing gear a try.

Scorpion jig

You can also use the in-line buzz bait like the viper in-line buzzbait. It is a bigger buzzbait with a large buzz blade on it. This bait will churn up the top of the surface and lead to some nice surface strikes. I recommend it for an early morning or night fishing. So good luck and see on the water.

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Top 5 bass fishing lures I use.

When I need to choose some bass fishing lures to catch bigger bass I use these 5 lures

The top 5 bass fishing lures I use.Would be a Swim jig. I’m partial to the Country Boys Tackle Box Scorpion Swim jigs. That’s my brand but whatever brand you choose to use make sure you use a plastic trailer. Scorpion Swim jigs are a bait that can be retrieved in and around all types of aquatic vegatation. They can be cast,pitched,or flipped into or around all types of cover. Including rockpiles and wood cover. Change weights and you can work these baits in different depths. They come in different sizes and color combo’s. Put a plastic trailer on and make the bait bigger, bigger bait bigger bass.

Scorpion Swim jig

Next the Ultra spinnerbait is a bait that can be used in a variety of ways. They can be burned over grass flats. Slow rolled in deeper water or buzzed thru the lily pads.I use both the willow leaf and Colorado blades. I use the willow leaf blades in deeper water. I use the Colorado blades in shallower water and burn them thru grass and lily pads.

Use a Ultra spinnerbait to catch larger bass.

Ultra spinnerbait

The C-tail plastic worm are the most favorite bass fishing lure of all time.They we’re the first true bass fishing lure.They come in a variety of sizes and colors.They can be cast,pitched,or flipped in differents types of cover. I have caught many a bass on this lure.

C-tail plastic worm

The Rapala minnow type is one of my all time favorites.I’ve been using them for a long time.This bait produces some nice surface strikes by jerking in short jerks. Or you can crank it like a crankbait also. I like the black and gold color for dark tannic stained water. The black and silver for clear water.

Last but not least is the crawbug plastic trailer. Combo this with the Swim jig combining the two makes a bigger bait.Bigger bait bigger fish. The plastic trailer comes in different styles and designs most imitate a crawdad or a minnow type. So these are the 5 top bass fishing lures I would use to catch bigger bass.That wraps it for this post for more info like this check out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.

Crawbug plastic trailer

Fishing at the Power plants

The winter temps can make the water to cold for fish so I go fishing at the power plants.

As most seasoned saltwater fishermen know when the winter chill takes the water temp down. Around 70 degrees saltwater species will head to the power plant outflows.So fishing at the power plants can be hot. Here they can bask in the warm water coming out of the power plant.The outflows can concentrate the fish in a confined area making them easier targets.

Live shrimp are by far the best bait. Because generally the greenbacks are gone so shrimp work good on all species.I explain this in detail in my e-book Central Florida Fishing. Power plants have a barrier rope. With floats to prevent boats from going further up the outflow.The fishing gear you can use is a oval slipfloat with a rubber stopper to the depth you choose.Tie on a swivel about 12″ to 16″ above 1/0 size hook and a egg sinker on the swivel.Ususally I use a 1/0 to 2/0 hook.

Well going to try over at the Apollo Bend Power plant. And see what happens outside the preserve.Keep your lines wet and I’ll see you on the water.

The species of fish encountered can be wide. There is seatrout,pomano,bluefish,sheepshead,redfish,flounder,mangrove snapper, and snook. To name a few. I fished the Anclote power plant with good success on all the species here except for the snook. The outflow is on the north side. So all you do is pull up to the rope barrier and tie off and start fishing.

You can launch your boat at the county ram on the south side of the power plant and cruise around to the north side. That’s where the out flow is. So next time your sitting around in winter time get out and fish at the power plants.

Phosphate pit fishing in Florida

Welcome this weeks fishing was in a phosphate pit. South of Bartow,Fl. This particular fish was about 3.5 lbs. It was caught on a football swing jig with a 7″ Zoom trick worm. The trick worm has been a go to bait when things are slow. It has produced well for me.

I’ve also been catching some nice bass on our swim jig the Scorpion. Black and blue has been the go to color in the swim jig. With plastic worms Junebug with gold flake has done its job for me. In the past few weeks with the Zoom worms. Fishing in Phosphate pits can produce some heavyweight bass.

Phosphate pit fish will hit the same selection of baits as lake fish. Shiners,plastic worms,spinnerbaits,and more. Out of all the baits. Shiners will consistently out fish artificials for big bass.

Shiners are the key to catching large bass. They are a natural prey source. So largemouth bass feed readily on them. Although shiners are quite pricey they work better than most baits out there. The fishing gear I like to use for shiner fishing is a 7′ ft medium to medium heavy rod with a Ambasseudor 5500C reel. And 20lb test mono line.

There are a few places around Central Florida that you can fish in phosphate pits. Teneroc management area has a nice population of bass and other types of panfish. Also Saddle Creek park I’ve caught some really nice bass there using our Scorpion Swim jig pitching them under the willow trees. These are a couple of the public ones but there are a lot of private ones in Southern Polk County if you can obtain permission to fish.

So get out and fish in some phoshate pits.Their’s a good possibility you will catch you a trophy fish. Good luck.

So if you can get access to Phosphate pit fishing by all means do so. You might catch a trophy. Please logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com to see more posts like these.

Fishing in Polk County for bass.

Yet another nice bass falls victim to the Zoom 7″ trick worm. The fishing in Polk County for bass is about to go full steam with the cooling of the water. Bass have been hitting the Zoom 7″ trick worm in just about every lake I go to. They also have been hitting the Scorpion swim jigs. These fish on the jigs have averaging from 5 to 7lbs so far. Not many little ones on the jigs. Just been slowly pumping the jig along swimming it thru the structure whether it be grass, wood or lily pads. I especially like the dollar sized lily pads.With the water cooling down now we’re going to start fishing for some crappie.

Try some phosphate pit fishing

When fishing in Polk County be sure to try some of the incredible fishing in the phosphate pits. The fish pictured above was caught in a phosphate pit in Central Polk County. The fishing gear I was using on this perticular pit was a Lews bait caster and a custom rod that I don’t even know who made it.

The lakes of Polk County are going to start getting hot. In just a few short weeks once the cold fronts start coming thru. The bass will do their usual thing and hit your normal artificials like plastic worms flipped or pitched in heavy weedbeds and Kissimmee grass. They will also be hitting shiners.

I will be hitting some of the lakes around the Frostproff area. Lakes like Lake Buffum, Crooked lake, Lake Reedy,Surveyor lake,and others. You can find some nice bass in some of the smaller sleeper lakes. Polk County has it’s share of lakes and phosphate its to fish in. So if you can get out and do some fishing by all means do so. Good Luck.

Bass fishing in Lake Ariana.

Fishing for bass in Lake Ariana

My friend Jose Lopez  and I went to do some fishing for bass in Lake Ariana  yesterday. We fished for some bass. The day started out slow due to a big moon. After fishing till noon with only one fish of about 1.5lbs. We went to the East side of the lake. 20160426_180606_resized [233417]@Country boys fishing in the near future for fishing videos

The frog bite never materialized. So we switched over to a Zoom 7″ Junebug trick worm rigged Texas style. After I caught one about 2lbs Jose caught a 21″ 4lber. I guess the fish turned on and we caught two more about 2lbs then it slowed down.

We moved up the bank and didn’t do much. So after some refreshments we went back to the spot and I caught a 21″ 4lb bass also. Then I caught two more 2lb fish and that did it for us.Stay tuned for more fishing trips and check out the video on you tube .

Jose's bass
Lake Ariana bass

Because I used to live in Auburndale,Fl. this lake has been one of my favorite lakes to fish. It’s not a huge lake by any means but it has a good bass population. The water level has risen in the past years to a good level.

I typically use a C-tail plastic worm or a Scorpion Swim jig. Frogs are also a good choice. Just work them thru the grass or over the eel grass beds very effective. The lake has a good amount of deep holes in it which makes for good summer time fishing. In the summer it gets pretty hot down here so deep holes help.

So try to find these smaller sleeper lakes as I call them. It will help you find more and bigger fish.

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