August 14 – September 4, 2018 – Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Report

Bass Fishing on Lake Okeechobee the past three weeks continues to be better than expected for this time of the summer. It is still taking 30lbs to win a one-day tournament. The North and Northwest side of the Lake is where I have been fishing the most. Honestly, it has been hit or miss on back to back days. One day you have dozens of sizable fish and then the next day only a few. It just reminds you how tough fishing in August/ September in South Florida can be.

Despite all the news about the lake and the algae, the fish are very healthy and look good. The best bait has been the wild shiners in the morning. After the morning bite is over, throwing a Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap has been really good. Spinnerbaits and Swim Jigs are working too. Flipping a big jig has produced a decent fish as well. I highly recommend fishing the following areas…Grassy Island, Kings Bar, Tin House, Monkey Box, South Bay and the Shoal.

Fishing up to about 11:00 am allows me to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms that roll in each day. With the daily rain and the slowing down of the discharge, the lake is still over 14ft. The water clarity on the North, Northwest, and South Bay area is great. The water temp has been ranging between 89 -93 degrees.

If you are heading out for a day of Bass Fishing on Lake Okeechobee, be sure to wear sunscreen, protective gear, and hat and drink plenty of water while out on the Lake.

This picture of clients shows a couple of fish caught on Sunday – September 2nd.

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