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.
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.
this is a fishing report from the North