Fly Fishing For Florida Largemouth Bass - Where Bass
Fly Fishing for Florida largemouth bass can be quite different from fishing for
other largemouth bass. It isn't just that the fish are larger, it's mostly to do with
the lakes and rivers they are found in. Most of the lakes are shallow compared to
highland lakes and reservoirs. The farm ponds probably even average being
shallower. There's one exception to this and that is the phosphate pits, or lakes
in Central Florida where they have dug out phosphate and created lakes. They
are generally deep.
The other big differences in Florida lakes and others are the types of vegetation
and the amount of the vegetation. In general, there's lots more of it and most of it
is different from the grass and other aquatic vegetation lakes north of Florida.
Florida has lots of different types of native and invasive aquatic plants.
The bass relate heavily to vegetation in Florida lakes and rivers because there's
little other structure. There are not any rock piles, steep rocky banks, and other
structure such as there are in northern lakes that have largemouth bass
populations. There's plenty of wood cover such as tree tops, stumps (in the
reservoirs), cypress tree roots, standing timber,logs, etc. In order to discuss
these different types of vegetation, you have to take them all separately. Here, I
will just go through them without detail as to how to fish them. I will do that in
Lily pads (water lily) are all over the shallow Florida lakes and one of the most
plentiful types of vegetation. Florida largemouth bass love lily pads. They offer
shade and food. Food comes from all the many other types of fish that like the
shade of the lily pads.
Tape Grass is common in Central Florida lakes. It is submerged and hold not
only baitfish, bream, etc., it also provide cover for largemouth bass. It's found
mostly in clear lakes.
Sago Pondweed is very plentiful in many of the shallow lakes. Coontail is very
plentiful. It gets its name from feather-like leaves that resembes a raccoon’s tail.
It's a free-floating submersed plant typically found in Central Florida’s ponds,
lakes and streams.
There are several types of emersed plants. Cattails, Duck Potato, Bacopa, Lake
Hygrophila and many others. These are usually found around the shores and
shallow islands. They provide good cover for the baitfish and gamefish including
the largemouth bass.
There's also lots of free floating type plants. Some of these are both Small
Duckweeds and Giant Duckweeds, Water Shields, and American Lotus. These
provide cover but keep in mind it floats across the lakes with the wind.
There's many types of grasses, sedges and Rushes. Madencane, Sawgrass,
Giant Foxtail, Soft-stem Bulrush, and many others. They provide cover for
largemouth bass and its food around the banks of many lakes.
I will deal with how to fish these different types of cover in other articles in this
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