Freshwater fishing: Cooler temperatures are making the bass hungry around Polk County

Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on lakes Fishhook, Hydrilla, 5, B, Legs, Shop and Tern. Lakes Pine and C also had high catch rates. This past week, 32 large bass over 19 inches were reported and the largest was just shy of 25 inches. Speck fishing was best at lakes Horseshoe, Hydrilla and Picnic. The best lakes for panfish were Cemetery, Derby, Coronet, Horseshoe, Picnic, Shop, F and 5.

Catfish were best at lakes Coronet, Horseshoe, Legs and B, reports FWC biologist Paolo Pecora. At Saddle Creek, more specks are coming in and the bite is best at night. Some bluegill and shellcracker are biting on crickets and red worms. A “bunch” of tilapia have been caught. Around Lakeland, specks are biting at lakes Bonny and Hollingsworth around deeper water brush piles, reports Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).

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