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.

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.

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