Oct. 3rd 2002
The lake is doing great now and the fish are getting ready to start there spawn season. Here on Lake Okeechobee we have the longest spawn in the country, our bass will start there spawn in October and will end in May. That is a seven to eight month spawn period.
The last couple of weeks it has been taking BIG weights to win
Oct. 15 2002
The fishing this week was good, but the size was off just a little. We caught a lot of fish in the 1-2 pound range and not many over 6lbs. The Water temps. are still in the mid 80's and I believe that the fish are in a great transitions stage now. Last week during the new moon we where catching allot of 3 to 8 lbs fish with very
The Spawn is here!! last week was a good week for the big females, they have moved up and started spawning on the flats. The ell grass holes and scattered bull rush clumps have produced the best bite. There is still a lot of fish feeding in the morning on shad, so always be looking for bait and fish feeding on them.
This week has produced some big fish on artificial lure such as a 6" lizard and 8" ribbon tail worm....more....
Nov. 12th 2002
The fishing over the past two weeks has been pretty good. We have caught many in the 5-7 lbs range, but the real big ones have not moved up good yet. The one great thing is that the water temperature has finally got in the 70's over the last few days. Now, all the fish will start to make there move to the spawning flats and also start feeding heavily. The bass will start
Awesome!! The fishing has been very good for the last two weeks.
The big females have now moved in to spawn and we are catching many big fish off the beds.
The west side of the lake has been producing a lot of fish with
Dec. 10th 2002
I hate to sound repetitive but the fishing has been Awesome!!!! Spawning and schooling has been the pattern. The fish are now biting all over the lake.
West side has had some great schooling action on rattle traps and
The fishing in January was pretty good but it would have been better if the water temperature would have been a little warmer. The temp. on the lake never got out of the 50's and that is cold for Florida. The big fish bite was still very good it was just the numbers where off.
The flipping pattern was the dominating way to catch big fish in January
The water levels are starting to go to there summer pool and the fish are finishing up there major spawn. We have been catching a lot of fish on the outside grass lines early in the morning on spinner baits and rattle baits. Also the worm fishing has been very consistent in the
The rain has really hit us hard over the last few months and the lake is at its highest level in a few years 17 ft. The lake usually is around 15.5 feet this time of the year. The fishing has been pretty constant with the rising water
Oct / Nov. 2003
The lake levels are down to around 16 feet which is a good level for the spawn.
The fishing in Oct. was good especially with senko and flukes and the big fish where caught flipping a crawdad in the heavy cover. All of the tournaments took 25 lbs for 5 fish to win! The shiner fishing was good but there was not as many big fish caught as last year in Oct.
Nov. 26 ,2004
The Bass fishing here on lake Okeechobee is getting better every day. Our Lake Okeechobee fishing guides have been catching around 40-70 bass a day on shiners with the common 8 to 9lbs large mouth bass. Our fishing guides are also catching tons of bass on artificial lures, but the size of the bass on lures are more in the 1.5 to 3.5 pound range...While the bass biting on the shiners are still in that range we
Dec. 22nd 2004
Cold.....Cold...........Well probably not as cold as the rest of the country...We have had 2 cold fronts that have brought the water temps down in the 50's and that is pretty cold for Lake Okeechobee. But more importantly the wind blew pretty hard and muddy up some good
The weather has been wonderful and the fishing has been pretty good to. We have been catching some real big fish but it has not been a every day thing for me. Every day the fishing is a little different and I am going all over the lake to fishing other areas to stay on the clear water. Shiners are
March has been a great month and the fish are eating the lures real good.
Hot lures are:
This summer has been real good for the big fish compared to the typical past years.
The water is high and still a little stained, But I think this is helping us some this year because the big fish are staying up in the grass.
April 15 2006
The lake level is at 14.12 and is falling everyday with the lack of rain. Extra care needs to be taken wherever you go. When you can get into the places, the fishing is still as hot as ever. Capt. Ron Stevens (one of our guides) caught a 10 lb 4 oz monster today in Moonshine Bay. I am still fishing the
April 25 2006
The Everglades have been very good with average catches of 80 fish per day with over half of the fish over 3lbs. The real big fish have not shown themselves this week, But that could change any day. The Big fish in the Everglades now are ranging in the 5-7 lbs range.
The bait of choice is a "Chug Bug" top-water lure ( FUN STUFF ) and a jerk-bait. We are also catching a ton of fish on a Berkley jerk shad
June Fishing has been wonderful, the lake is Low but the fish are biting Great !
Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing at it's Best!!!!
WOW what a trip. From start to finish it was just great really a dream come
true for any angler. Our first eight fish were between 6lbs and 8lbs. Then
it got better! Scott showed me how to use a bait caster. That's where the
fun began. We must of had 40 fish on playing in the weeds, and let me tell
you it was a fight. It was also nice to be able to sleep in the condo right
Clewiston-----The Lake Okeechobee bass fishing has been good this past week with a good number of three to four pound bass being caught on every guide trip. The better fish are still being caught on wild shiners and the West Wall is still producing the best for me. The water on the West Wall is real clear so the best fishing is from around 6:00 in the morning till about 11:00 when the sun gets up real high in the sky. We are catching at least one or
August 21st, 2006
Clewiston-----With the heat of summer upon us and the lake level staying low, the fishing hasn't slow down much. You will want to try and get an early start so you can be in before the afternoon thunderstorms,as they can be real bad ones this time of the year. The bass fishing on the West Wall with
Clewiston-----After tropical storm Ernesto went through our area and did little damage except for the rain that has the lake level rising and the fishing really starting to pick up. The water is really flowing in from all intakes and the Kissimmee River and most of the water is clean so it is not making the water dirty at all. On guide trips this past week I started to catch good numbers of bass with most of them in the two to three pound range, most
sept. 14 2006
Clewiston-----The lake level is at 13.42 above sea level and still rising, and the lake is changing daily. The bass are moving back in the grass and areas that were to shallow to fish a week ago are starting to produce some good bass. The area around the mouth of Uncle Joe's Cut where it meets the lake has been good for numbers of bass the size has been kind of small with an average fish weighing two pounds, this area is
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Reports
Clewiston----- The weather has been cooling off but the bass fishing is heating up on the big lake. Reports of big bass being caught on wild shiners are starting to come in daily and it's about time with the month of December approaching fast these bass should be in off the main lake and getting ready to spawn. I had a good number of four and five pound bass with my clients
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report Nov. 26 2006
Clewiston-----The week started out slow with the temperatures in the 40s at night but as the week progressed the fishing has improved. Most of the bass that I have been catching on my guide trips this past week were north of Clewiston from Uncle Joe's Cut up to Horse Island. This water has remained fairly clean even with the north and east winds we had all week, but the water level is really starting to drop fast with today's reading at 12.26 feet
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Reports Dec. 2006
Clewiston-----The condition of the lake and the fishing continues to improve everyday, with reports of big bass being caught on wild shiners and artificial lures alike. The water level is dropping rapidly and the water in most of the areas that we are fishing is clear to slightly stained. Most all of the guides reported having a good week catching most of there bass on shiners, my
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Reports Dec 25th, 2006
Clewiston-----Hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and got to spend some time with the family. The bass fishing has really started to improve with everyday this past week my clients catching good numbers of quality bass. With the full moon approaching the week after next we caught a lot of small bass that are the buck bass making beds for the females that are starting to show up a few at a time. If the wind will give us a break everyone should be able to enjoy catching some nice sized bass the next few weeks. A quick
Jan 8th, 2007
Clewiston-----What a week here on Okeechobee with the Stren Series tournament finishing up on Saturday and Glenn Browne from Ocala Florida winning on the pro side with 60-02 pounds that netted him $25,000.00 and a full rigged Ranger boat, while on the co-angler side Chuck Webb from Sarasota Florida caught 35-03 pounds to win $5,000.00 and a fully rigged
January 15th, 2007
Clewiston-----It was another one of those weeks last week with a cold front coming through and making the bass fishing a little slower for a couple days, but now it is back to normal and we are catching good numbers of fish on every guide trip. Wild shiners have been the bait of my choice with these cold fronts moving through, if the bass are going to eat anything it will be shiners before artificial lures on most days. The West Wall has been pretty
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report February 19th, 2007
Clewiston-----Wow has it been cold the past week here on the big lake, but the fishing is still hot. Most of the guides have been reporting having a couple good days and then a slow day and then back to good days. I guess these cold fronts have these Florida bass guessing if they really are in Florida or in one of the cold northern states. The water level has really
Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Reports March 26th, 2007
Clewiston-----The bass fishing this week has finally started to improve with good catches being reported by both guides and tournament anglers. The wind has been blowing pretty hard most of this past week but the lake has been staying fairly clean in most areas. Most of the same spots are producing for the guides that are out using wild shiners daily they include the Football Field, the 94 hole, Uncle Joe’s Cut and the Clewiston Channel. I have also heard that there are some bass to be caught in the Rim canal south of Clewiston but I have not heard where yet. The Bass Buster
April 2nd, 2007
Clewiston-----The lake has continued to improve this past week even though the water level is still dropping to a level of 10.39 feet above sea level. The wind has given us a little reprieve and the water is cleaning up in most areas if you can get to them. The great South Florida weather has been showing itself this past week with warm temperatures and no rain, I have had numerous families the past couple weeks enjoying spring break and the
April 9th, 2007
Clewiston-----It’s been a good week on the Big Lake with the bass hitting both artificial lures and wild shiners. I know I’ve been reporting about the lake not being all that good but it has changed a lot in the past week, the water is cleaning up as the wind has calmed down some and with the lake level dropping the bass are really starting to move into the areas with deeper.......
April 28 2007
Clewiston-----Wow the Big “O” is back to producing good numbers of bass on almost every guide trip, Thank God. The weather has been great this past week and the fishing has really reflected on this, with bass being caught on wild shiners and artificial lures just as well. All of the areas that we have been fishing the past few weeks are the places to be like the Football Field
Clewiston----- The water keeps getting lower and the fishing keeps getting better here on the Big “O”. With the lake level at 9.66 feet above sea level almost every area that you can get into has pretty clean water and lots of bass. The bass seem to be getting use to the water being low and have moved to the channels and deeper water and if you can find some structure in the deeper water you will have a ball catching bass till you get tired of
May 15th, 2007
Clewiston----- What a great couple weeks we have had here on Lake Okeechobee. The fishing has been the best it has been for over six months, and the lake level just continues to go down. With the water level being so low it has concentrated the bass in areas that have deeper water such as channels and dynamite holes. We have been using up to ten dozen wild
June 11th, 2007
Clewiston-----I have a lot of good news to report on the conditions of Lake Okeechobee at Clewiston, first we have been getting enough rain almost everyday that they are not pumping much water out of the lake for the surrounding agriculture. The lake level is at 8.96 feet above sea level and
June 26th, 2007
Clewiston-----Summer and the fishing continue to heat up on the Big “O”. With temperatures in the 90’s and the water temperature almost the same, the bass fishing is heating up almost daily. On most guide trips the past two weeks the bass have been eating wild shiners as fast as you can throw them in the water, and the artificial bite has been equally as good. Most bass have been in the three to five pound range with a few big one mixed in like the 9.1 caught Saturday by Scott Gallerani from Boston Mass. With the rain that we have been getting the lake level has been staying steady around 8.91
July 10th, 2007
Clewiston-----Well were finally getting some of the desperately needed rain to the Lake Okeechobee region and the lake level is slowly going up with the level at 9.03 feet above sea level. The other great news is that with the low water level and the water clearing up so good that we are starting to see some shrimp grass growing here on the south end of the lake and hopefully the eel and pepper grass will follow. Mother nature has started the healing processes here on the Lake and hopefully it will fill back up slowly and let the habitat for the fish grow back slowly and the water quality will continue
July 30th, 2007
Clewiston----- The summer rains are finally starting to put some water into Lake Okeechobee even if it is just a little at a time. The lake level is at 9.19 feet above sea level and ever so slowly creeping up. The fishing here at the south end of the lake continues to be good for both bass and bluegills, with early morning being the best time to be out on the lake. The wild shiners are still your best bet to catch bass in the two to five pound range and a few bigger ones up to ten pounds still being caught from day to day. My suggestion to catch a few bass on wild shiners would be to get a couple dozen at least and go out the Clewiston channel toward the water tank and
August 7th, 2007
Clewiston-----Finally the water is starting to flow into Lake Okeechobee and the water level has rose to 9.45 above sea level and still rising. With the water coming up and the water temperature at near 90 degrees everyday the fishing has gotten a little tough. Even though the water has only come up about six inches it has the fish swimming for areas that they previously could not get to. Some of my clients are still catching them good on wild shiners in the main channel out from the locks at Clewiston but the fish have been a little smaller with two to three pound bass being the norm. There is
Sept 2nd, 2007
Clewiston-----As we head into September we could sure use some water in the big Lake Okeechobee. The water level is staying steady at around nine and a half feet above sea level and only goes up or down a very little on a daily basis with the little amount of rain we are getting. The bass are still biting it has just not been all that easy to go out and catch a boat load of
Sept 17th, 2007
The fishing has been improving as the month of September flies on by, and with October just around the corner better fishing and cooler weather is on the way. The lake level has been staying steady at around 9.5 feet above sea level in spite of the rain and water that has been flowing in from the Kissimmee river. The bass have been starting to school up and the water continues to get cleaner farther out into the lake, with some areas as far out
The Bass fishing has been very good on lake Okeechobee when the wind has is not blowing hard, the rim canal that surrounds the lake has been getting really good. The weather for the last month has been a little chilly and the water temps have been around 62-68 in the lake and the water levels are holding around 10.3 ft.. The south end of the lake have been producing some nice bass but has been staying a little muddy
Nov. 28th 2007
Lake Okeechobee been showing off a bit for me over the last few days and the action today was awesome. The bass are starting to look for the spawning areas and the big fish are staging up good. I fished today with my friend Doug practicing for a small tournament this week-end and it was a day to remember.( not a guide trip) My best five bass weighed a total of
The fishing has been very consistent with a lot of schooling activity in the main lake and there was a pretty good spawn as well. I fished the annual "Toys For Tots" Bass Tournament held in Clewiston and I caught 25.51 with five bass to take second place, first place weight was 26.01 and
This old lake really amazes me, the fishing has been still very good even with the FLW Series pros in town for the tournament. Okeechobee has been producing great numbers with the average day catching 25-30 on lures and even more with live bait. The Rim canal
We have been in heat wave down here in South Florida with the temp staying in the upper 70's. If you are reading this and it is very cold were you are, sorry..... The fishing has been very good and we had a major spawn during the full moon. The rim canal has been still producing very well and the flats around Clewiston are on fire with spawning activity. the shiner fishing has been great with most days going thru 7-10 dozen....that is a lot of bites....crazy action.
The lure fishing has been really good with top water baits and buzzbaits along the rocks in the rim canal and the shallow crankbaits are great in the lake. The flat out in front of uncle Joe's is good and the Clewiston channel is hot as well.
So plan your trip to the Big ‘O’ as soon as you can. And please feel free to call or e-mail any time if you have any questions about fishing on Lake Okeechobee.
Scott R. Martin
This month has been for a lack of better words very strange, one day you catch them good and then the next day you are scratching your head? Lake Okeechobee is back to its normal level and I have never been so excited in my life seeing as much great cover as we have now....Lake Okeechobee is back!!! We are just now getting our first cool snap and this will make the
Bass Fishing Reports Nov. 2008
The water levels are around 14.8 and the fishing is starting to get much better, the lake is still running a little behind its normal schedule for great bass fishing. The lure fishing is the best way to catch the most fish right now as the bass are still spread out in all the new grass we have in the lake now. Moving baits and big worms are the most productive lure to throw. The rim canal bite is also getting better every day with the ledges and rock piles heating up.
Jan 10th 2009
Wow...what a deference a month makes for bass fishing here on the Lake Okeechobee, The bass are spawning all over the place and the weather has been great. The bass are moving in hard this week and the males are on the beds. The bigger females are starting to move up and do the deal. The past few local tournament have been taking 23-26 lbs to win and the majority of the field are catching good solid 14-20 lbs bag....good stuff. Now that being said the bite on Okeechobee is still not up to its normal standards with quantity of bass being caught each day but the quality is great. There are big fish being caught each day and the lake should be great this year with all the exciting new cover we have now. The lure fishing is a bit more consistent right now with the bass spawning in the grass, but the live bait bite is still producing the big boys.
The Rim canal bit is starting to heat up with most of the fish coming off the ledges and grass beds along the shore. The whole lake right now is pretty good simply because the weather has been awesome 70-80 every day with light winds. On the news tonight I am watching all the crazy cold weather most of the country is being slammed by and all I have to say is "pack your bags and come enjoy the good fishing and great weather"..
Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Report March 2009
The fishing has been very good all over the lake with the bass still spawning hard in the marsh. The water levels are falling and the bass are staging up on the out side grass lines. The best area on the lake is the shoal, most of the bass are on the out side and the lip-less crankbait bite is very good for some quality Lake Okeechobee large mouth. If you are looking to go on a Lake Okeechobee guide trip or charter while in Florida, contact Scott Martin and we will set it up.
Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Report April 2009
Top water action and senko’s is the best bite right now. The bass have mostly finished up spawning and the last wave or two will spawn on the outside grass lines on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. We have been averaging around 50 bass per day with the chance of a big bass still very high. Watermelon flukes and senko’s are the best lure right now. The top water action is pretty consistent in the morning hours for bass.
The shiner fishing is very good right now, but there is no need….lure bite is too hot on Okeechobee right now. If you are down on vacation and looking to go on a Florida bass fishing trip that is a blast, contact Scott Martin.
Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Report May 2009
The big bass are back for a while…… the bluegill and shell crackers are spawning right now on the big bass big on Okeechobee is awesome right now. Look for the bluegill beds on the edge of the marsh and the fish it with swim bait or a 7” senko and hang on. Many of the bass you will see before you catch them, you need to have a quite trolling motor and sneak around and sight fishes them.
If you have a power pole on your boat, this is a perfect time to use them. You will want to power-pole down in an up wind position and make long cast to the light spots (beds).
The live bait bite here on Lake Okeechobee has been very good, while the lure fishing for me has not been spectacular. The bass are starting to move in to spawn and the trails and outside point are producing very well for shiners. The lure fishing is getting of to a slower start because of the weather….still 90 degrees every day and zero cold fronts. The bass are a little confused along with the fisherman. I did have two super good days with some clients from Canada. Day 1 - Best 5 =26lbs lures
Day 2 - Best 5 = 34 lbs shiners….. Pretty fun!!!
If you would like to experience some great Lake Okeechobee bass fishing with a professional guide, contact Scott Martin
Lake Okeechobee Bass Reports Nov. 2009
The bass fishing has taken off…. The bass are moving in fast with the moon. The lure fishing has been pretty good and the shiner fishing is off the chart right now.
This week I took some clients out from Vermont and they caught 22 bass over 5lbs in 3 days with there biggest 2 over 7 lbs. The top water frog bite has been off and on, but when it is on, it is awesome. The north shore and the east wall to Rite Island are hot right now. The Lake is looking the best I have seen it in over 15 years and the number of yearling bass on Okeechobee is very high. We are starting to see the fruit of our labor with the lake and its rehabilitation since the drought and few years ago.
There is grass and cover all over the lake this year and this will be the best spawn that we have seen in many years…..The Lake is back and looks awesome, if you want a great Lake Okeechobee Florida guide trip or charter, contact Scott Martin