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Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida and second largest freshwater lake located completely within the U.S. Lake Okeechobee is located in parts of; Glades County, Okeechobee County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Hendry County. Lake Okeechobee is a shallow lake with an average depth of 9 ft. There are good numbers of 3-5 pound bass, and lunkers are always available throughout the year. Because of its southern location, Lake Okeechobee is often the least affected Florida bass lake during late winter and early spring. The secret of Lake Okeechobee's continued productivity is its thousands of square acres of littoral zones - the shallow areas where fish reproduce.

 

Lake Okeechobee's needlegrass and peppergrass flats concentrate largemouth bass during the spawning period of February-April. The Monkey Box area near Moonshine Bay is locally known as a hot spot, and the peppergrass flats between Observation Shoals and Clewiston as well as the channels and cuts from Clewiston to Okeetantee, are among the more popular fishing spots. Live golden shiners account for a majority of the giant bass caught in Lake Okeechobee, especially in the winter when the temps drop. Plastic worms are the top artificial choice, but floating minnow plugs, crankbaits, weedless spoons, and spinnerbaits are also productive. Crappie fishing on Lake Okeechobee is great from December-February with live minnows and jigs best when fished in grassy areas 3-6 feet deep. Bream fishing really gets going in late spring. The shorelines of the lake's canals are often lined with bluegill beds. Catfish can be caught by fishing on the bottom with live worms, dead shrimp, or cut bait. For speckled perch, fish the coldest months of winter for best results. Lake Okeechobee closely resembles the Everglades with miles of swamps, weed beds, floating islands, and hundreds of alligators.

 

Location: Okeechobee, Florida

 

Lake Size: 448,000 Acres

 

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Shellcracker, Black Crappie, Okeechobee Catfish

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee Map

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee Boat Ramps

 

Clewiston City Boat Ramp - Located off Herbert Hoover Dike Rd. and Public Access Rd.

 

Torry Island Boat Ramp - Located off Torry Island Rd.

 

Alvin L. Ward Park Boat Ramp - Located off Herbert Hoover Dike Rd.

 

Harney Pond Canal Boat Ramp - Located on Herbert Hoover Dike Rd.

 

Paul Rardin Park Boat Ramp - Located off Harris Rd./Herbert Hoover Dike Rd.

 

City of Pahokee Boat Ramp - Located off Lakeview Dr.

 

South Bay Boat Ramp - Located off Herbert Hoover Dike Rd.

 

Canal Point Boat Ramp - Located off Lakeview Dr.

 

Nubbin Slough Boat Ramp - Located off U.S. Hwy. 441

 

Culvert 7 Boat Ramp - Located off State Road 78

 

C. Scott Driver Park Boat Ramp - Located off State Road 78

 

Okee-Tantie Recreation Area Boat Ramp - Located off State Road 78

 

Indian Prairie Canal Boat Ramp - Located off Indian Prairie Rd.


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