Freshwater fishing: Largemouth bass bite has turned on in Central Florida

Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass anglers had the best success this past week on lakes Butterly, Hydrilla, 5 and C. Most of the bass reported were in the 12- to 16-inch range with six large bass over 23 inches. Live shiners and jerk baits were the most productive. Speck fishing was best on lakes Horseshoe, 3, 4, G and Legs. The best lakes for panfish were Lakes Cemetery, Horseshoe and 5. Lakes Derby and B were best for catfish, reports FWC biologist Keaton Fish. Lake Parker has a good bass bite on watermelon red creature baits and plastic worms, reports Melinda Lapina at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).

At Auburndale, bass in the 3- to 4-pound range have been real good at Lake Juliana on lipless crankbaits. Lake Rochelle has the best speck bite, with some nice-size fish being caught on minnows. Lake Alfred has a good speck bite at night, and there are lots of schooling bass during the day on lipless crankbaits, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron’s Tackle Box (863-956-4990).

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