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Fishing Lake Okeechobee, Florida

02/17/19 Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of
page)
The bass spawning season is about over. Largemouth are in their post-spawn stage and can
be caught on a variety of lures. Crappie are still being caught in good numbers. Peacock
bass are being caught in the canals.

Description of the Lake:
The Seminole Indian name "Okeechobee" means "Big Water". It is commonly called the
"Big-O". It is the largest freshwater lake in the United States, occurring entirely in one state.
The lake is about 37 miles long and 30 miles wide with an average depth of about ten feet.
The Atlantic and Gulf sides of Florida and connected the lake via the Port Mayaca Lock on
the east side of the lake, and the Moore Haven Lock on wide side of the lake. Drainage
canals lower the lake and drain adjacent lands for farming which also provide miles of
additional fly fishing opportunity.. It is known for its huge, largemouth bass but has a good
population of panfish.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Peacock Bass
Bluegill
Redear Sunfish
Black Crappie

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Spring is a good time for bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black crappie
Summer:
This is a good time for bass and pickerel
Fall:
Fall it a great time for bass and redear sunfish, bluegill
Winter:
Winter months for bass, black crappie, redear sunfish, bluegill.

Lake Levels: Okeechobee

Weather: Clewiston

Recommended Lures and Bait For :
Largemouth Bass

Peacock Bass:

Bluegill:

Crappie:





























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass - Minnow, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
01/19/19 The lake is in its prime spawning season for largemouth bass and
crappie fishing is currently excellent. Fish the canals for peacock bass and
panfish.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.