Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle.

Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle

Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle.

I decided to do some crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle and do some crappie fishing.Lake Arbuckle is east of Lake Wales,Fl.It is a beautiful unspoiled lake surrounded by the Avon Park Bombing range on the north and east sides.This lake has a nice canopy of cypress trees surrounding it.It’s a pretty shallow lake averaging around 3 to 8 ft.

When I was launching the boat one of the locals said that the crappie fishing was slow. He was right but going ahead I went to the points in the center of the lake and started there.This was the first time I had been there fishing for crappie. I made a drift and managed to catch one tiny crappie.So after making another drift and catching another tiny crappie. I decided to move to the north side of the lake and try there. On the first drift I caught a crappie about 3/4 lb. A little better fish.

Bonus catching catfish

Then I had a hard strike and fought it for a minute. Then I realized I had a nice channel catfish of about 2 1/2 lbs. So I aligned myself out a little deeper on the next drift. The first fish to hit on this drift was a 1 1/2 lb largemouth bass. Shortly after that I had another hard hit and after a nice battle netted a 2 lb blue catfish.

Moving a little deeper I was able to find some fish with a little better size. After setting up a couple more times I managed to catch 4 more crappie of 1lb. I wound up with 7 crappie, 2 catfish and one largemouth bass. Then the wind started to pick up and before you know it the lake was almost white capping so I decided to call it quits. I was disappointed at the size but I’ll take what I could get.Well that about it.For more detailed content about fishing in Central Florida check ot my E-book on the E-book page.Stay tuned as I will be bringing you some videos on this trip and other fishing trips both fresh and saltwater in Central and South Florida this year.

Crappie fishing in January

January is a hot month for crappie fishing in Central Florida.

Crappie fishing in central florida can be it’s best during the month of January.Most of the lakes in central Florida have a population of crappie but some are better than others.You have to do your homework to find out which lakes are producing.

Most people just drift across the lake searching for the depth that the fish are in(depth finder helps).I always carry a marker bouy in my boat to mark the spot where I get a bite. Just throw over the bouy so I can line up my next drift.

As far as the fishing gear goes it can’t get much simpler.I use the fiberglass crappie poles rigged with a float at what ever depth needed. You’ll need enough splitshot to hold the bait to the depth you need.I also use a gold size 1 or a 1/0 aberdeen hook.

Most people use minnows for bait.But you can also seine freshwater shrimp out of the eel grass in most of the lakes. Freshwater shrimp look just like their counter parts in saltwater. But they make excellent baits for panfish.

Lake Kissimmee,Lake Hatchnieha,Lake Istokpogka are some of the best Central Florida has to offer.Lake Rosalie,Tiger lake,and Walk-in-the-water are also good choices. All these lakes have good public boat ramps that are free to launch at.

Crappie can be caught from the bank at places like just below the lock on Hwy 60 east of Lake Wales. Sometimes you can find some canals on Lake Hatchnieha but I would ask someone for permission before fishing. Saddle creek park has some Crappie and you can fish from the bank there also.

So when you feel like catching a few for the plate you can’t beat Crappie for the table.

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