The low water levels on Okeechobee has made it very challenging to safely run/fish but they are a few areas that can be accessible by using extreme caution such as launching from Harney Pond canal then running out using the pvc pole markers to get you around to the Monkey box area then on down towards the Observation shoal area coming off plane way out from the grass edge then idling up closer. Launching in Clewiston running out the marked channel is another avenue or just stick with running/fishing the rim ditch. On the North end most boaters are fishing the River. Both the rim ditch down south and the river on the North end will be the safest to run your boat and fish. These two main places to fish hold bass, bream and crappie for those hard-core summertime crappie anglers.
Lures for bass that have been producing bites are: hard top water lures such as a spook, pop-r and a devils horse worked slow, big worms, crank baits, senkos and jigs. For bream fishing using ultra light tackle tipped with a red-worm or crickets trolling and casting to cover water has been working the best. Some early morning crappie anglers are catching them in the River and rim ditch down south (in certain areas) by slow trolling with minnows or anchored on deeper ledges/drop-offs with a drop-shot style rigged with minnows. The bream are plentiful this time of year and is the best time to catch them which offers fun fishing for the entire family to enjoy. Bass lure colors for plastics are: June bug, black-blue, watermelon/red, green-pumpkin, red shad and Okeechobee craw. For crank baits and hard top water lures, keep it simple by using the shad.
To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie and inquire about “special summertime rates” or visit my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com find her on Facebook at Angie Douthit or south Florida bass fishing. Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power-Pole, G-Loomis, Lews, Rapala, bullet weights, Gene Larew/Bobby Garland soft plastics, Gill, Real Magic and Navionics.