Bass have been biting in large numbers, if not sizes. The North Shore and Bird Island, straddling the mouth of Fisheating Bay, have been good areas for casting, and guided parties fishing with wild shiners have been picking up a few bass into the 8-pound range.
Southern Florida offers many things to do, and there are many adventures in the outdoors. From hunting, skydiving, and playing a round of golf, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Here are some of the top attractions near Clewiston, FL.
You don’t have to go to Africa to go on a safari—Billie Swamp Safari is right in Florida. Go on an award-winning swamp buggy tour and be surrounded by Florida’s nature. You’ll learn about the fragile ecosystem of Florida’s Everglades, see local flora and fauna, and bounce your way through the lush wilderness. Otters, alligators, and turtles are animals you’ll see in their wild habitats, and you can experience a snake and critter show, too.
Also near Clewiston, top rated Lake Okeechobee Big O Airboat Tours will educate you about the history of Lake Okeechobee on a scenic ride. Lake Okeechobee is very wide— it touches five counties—but it’s not that deep, which is why an airboat tour is the best way to navigate this body of water.
Hunting & Shooting
While visiting Black Bear Ranch, this private hunting estate has turned into a place where guests can try skeet shooting, fishing, and archery. Not only an outdoor experience location, this is also a place to stay in their lodging with first class facilities, , and a game room, pistol shooting, and an archery range. You can also enjoy catered meals, plus evening drinks and hors d’oeuvres around the fire pit.
Clewiston has an 18-hole golf course that professional golfers tried their hand at in the 1930’s but turned public, and now everyone can use it. After a round of golf, enjoy the restaurants and lodging at the nearby Roland Martin’s Marina. Also a favorite place for many fishermen, you can enjoy bass fishing on nearby Lake Okeechobee.
Another option for a Florida Safari is Everglades Adventures. With alligator, wild boar, and whitetail deer hunting, Everglades Adventures has been in South Florida for over 25 years; the owner is a native of south Florida and has been a professional guide since 1986. This wildlife program is managed year round, plus on- and off-site lodging options are available.
Florida Ridge Airsports Park offers a chance to view all of the landscape below you by flying through the sky on a hang glider. Towed up into the sky by an ultra-light airplane, you and you guide are released on your tandem hang glider, drifting down to the scenery below you. The unrestricted air space is located over 50 acres of land, halfway between Fort Myers and West Palm Beach.
Ever been skydiving? One of the biggest skydiving training centers, Skydive Spaceland Florida is close to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Naples, so you’ll get to try it while you stay in one of those cities. Run in a third-generation family business, this skydive spot has been offering safe and fun skydiving opportunities for more than 15 years. Love skydiving and want to know more about it? There’s the Skydiver Training Program for those living near the center.
To enjoy nature near Clewiston, visit Civic Park. These 4.14 acres have walkways, picnic tables, and a gazebo that allows you to enjoy the birds and landscaped grounds around you. Located near Clewiston Inn, this park has swings along the walkways, so it’s a perfect place to relax and appreciate the views around you.
Native American Culture
A Native American reservation, called Big Cypress Reservation, is available to both the Seminole and non-Seminole communities. Due to early government policy, the citizenship of American Indians in the eastern U.S. was under debate, and America was willing to start warfare in Florida (who until 1821 was controlled by Spain) to acquire the land. Then, in 1934, Congress passed the Indian Recognition Act, where the tribe was able to finally act like American citizens and vote.
There’s the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum located on the reservation, and display’s tools and artifacts from the Seminole tribe. In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means a place to learn, and remember. You’ll learn about the Seminole Tribe, and their culture and history in the Southeast and Florida. A boardwalk, mosaics and illustrations, and a gallery of beadwork are all present in this museum.
Originally the home of The Clewiston News, the Clewiston Museum was reconstructed in 1928, and this museum now presents the heritage of Hendry County. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, and stories from the history of Clewiston. Their upcoming schedule has many speakers, presentations, and an event that features the work of local and regional artists.
While visiting Roland Martin’s Marina and taking one of our guided bass fishing tours, you can also learn about the local tribes, go on a safari, and take a boat tour which are all unique ways to explore Clewiston, Florida. Plus, the climate and weather in Florida make visiting the state enjoyable. Visiting any of these landmarks, parks, and doing any of these activities will immerse you in the history of southern Florida.
Good bass action, “anywhere there’s Kissimmee grass,” Cross Island, Pelican Bay and the north tip of Ritta Island included.
White spinnerbaits or white swim jigs produce fast action around outside edges at first light, with soft plastic fished, slowly, inside the grass lines after the sun gets higher.
Bass also have been chasing bluegill that have moved into bulrush patches along Observation Shoal and around Bird Island, where dragging a lightly weighted, black-and-blue creature bait through the reeds gets the bass. Look for swarms of chizzywinks for the best patches, and use crickets for the bluegills.
The past week has been a great artificial bite. The bass have moved around a little. Not so much inside the grass lines. I had my best luck staying off the grass line about 15 yards then casting a black blue 3/8 oz swim jig with a Gambler Black blue Little EZ Swimmer as a trailer. Cast that just inside the buggy whips and let it fall to the bottom. Slow retrieve it back . The fish seem to follow it out and hit about half way to the boat. The Observation Shoal area as well as from Cochran’s Pass to Whidden’s Pass areas produced very well. The panfish bite is still very good around Uncle Joe’s Cut and West wall areas. Crickets and Red Worms are the bait of choice.
The last week has proved that Lake Okeechobee fishing is alive and well. Several bass tournaments over the past weekend where multiple 5 fish limits each day that weighed in at over 20 pounds. With the lake fishing as well as it is right now there are multiple areas that have produced great numbers of fish. The Observation Shoal area produced very well flipping and pitching the outside grass and Buggy Whips. 15-20 fish in the 1-4 pound range are not uncommon pitching 1/2 oz tungsten weights , 4/0 Owner Rigging Hooks and a Gambler Why Not in Junebug , Backatya or Green Pumpkin color. At the Cochrans Pass area the same technique works well. Early Mornings around Grassy and further toward Kramer Island in the outside grasses a 3/8 White Swim Jig with a White Lightning EZ Swimmer work well fished over the tops of the Kissimmee Grass and Pepper Grass Patches. That bite lasts about 1-1.5 hours then come right back through the same area with the pitching or flipping technique. The Bluegill bite is in full swing swing. Offshore away from the grasses around Ritta and Kramer Islands there are areas of visible beds where the bluegill are spawning. Use crickets and Red worms under a cork in about 2ft of water. Also around the mouth of Uncle Joes cut and Mayaka Cut great numbers of blugill are being taken. Be safe with the low water conditions. As your running around be aware of your surroundings and water depth. Tight lines.
Fishing on Lake Okeechobee is heating up. For the past two weekends we have had Bass Busters Tournaments as well as The RMMC Series. Each event has been won with bags of 26+ pounds and multiple bags over 20 pounds. With the water levels receding this time of year the fish are on the move from the back grass areas to open water or outside cover such at Buggy Whips or outside patches of Pepper Grass. The Observation Shoal and Indian Prairie area pitching Black Blue 3/4 to 1oz jigs with a Black Blue Trailer pitched into the reeds. Stay a short distance off the reeds so when your bait clears the reed line you still have room to slow swim the jig back to the boat. Early mornings around the pepper grass patches in the Pelican Bay area should produce numbers of fish in the 1-3 pound range on white swim jigs and Gambler White EZ Swimmer as a trailer. The Bluegill bite is in full swing as well. In the rim canal with Red Worms or crickets fishing about 3-4 Ft deep around lily pads or from the mouth of Uncle Joe’s cut toward Observation Shoal. The water is a little churned up so looking for beds is a little challenging right now. Good Luck and Tight Lines
Captain Tom Mann reports that the Lake level is 12.74 and falling. Most all fish are moving to the outside of Lake Okeechobee with the water falling and the water temps rising. Numbers have been good this week with a few good fish. South outside long point is a good area for fishing. Pepper grass early white swimjig. Shad spawn is about to happen and that means the early bite will be good. Shoal has been good this week for small fish on the outside. North shore remains good but is getting the most pressure. Live bait is still best for the big fish.
Pelican Bay has produced numbers of fish in the 1-3 pound range. Mostly male fish that are either guarding a bed or fry. We are in the period of pre and post spawn as well as spawning so moving baits such as Big EZ or Swim Jigs have worked well. Color seems to be white or shad colors along with Copperfield. Inside Buzzards Roost the holes and pockets around lily pads have fish hanging around them more in the afternoon when the sun gets up. Dead stick a Watermelon Red Zoom Super Fluke or a Gambler Fat Ace in Watermelon Red or Junebug. The Crappie fish are still biting around the Hog Pen and along the Rim Canal south toward Bear Beach Channel. Use Minnows around the cattails in 2-3′ of water . In the rim canal fish in 4-6’range. Good luck and stay safe.
Last week has been full of fun and excitement. The Uncle Joe’s area of the lake has produced good numbers of bass ranging 1-3 pounds. Gambler Fat Ace in Black/Blue Flake or Junebug or a Gambler Burner Worm in those same colors seem to be the bait of choice. For the flippers and pitchers a Gambler Why Not in Black /Blue / Blue Tip has worked as well. Other areas to look at have been from Cochrans Pass and Blue Hole toward Clewiston. Early in the morning look for eel grass or pepper grass and use a 3/8 swim jig in white or black/blue color with a easy swimmer trailer. This time of year you can never count out a big fish to be roaming around looking for shad or shiners early in the mornings. The Speck bite or Crappie bite has been great as well. Minnows or Chartruse/Whits Jigs around cattail clumps have been the way to catch limits of slabs. East Wall and toward the outside of Ritta Island seem to be the better bets right now. The rim canal has also produced good numbers of crappie when the wind is blowing. Its protected for the most part and you can still catch fish using minnows in 4-6′ of water around lily pads. Hope this helps and Tight Lines.