Freshwater Report By: Ron Schelfo

Lake Alfred – Auburndale – Winter Haven areas

We’ve had recent reports of several 13 plus pound bass coming in from our own Lake Alfred and some 10 plus pound bass coming out of the south and north Winter Haven chains.

Many of these larger bass are being caught on big baits, which are also our recommended picks. Try the Cordell Pencil Poppers in trout color or an 11 inch Bass Assassin worm in gooseberry color. These baits have been producing very well lately.

During this time of year using a larger topwater bait or slowly working a large worm on the bottom seems to attract the biggest bass. If you need to fish along the shoreline, your best bet is to use a Booyah frog in assorted colors or a Booyah Lipless crankbait in royalty color. These are proven winners for catching bass! We’re also still getting reports from the north Winter Haven Chain and Lake Alfred on decent size blue gills and shell crackers using live crickets and red worms.

You don’t need a boat to enjoy some great fishing in our area. We have many lakes with very nice fishing piers, stop in and see me and I’ll point you in the right direction!

Polk County is home to 554 beautiful lakes and offers some of the best fishing in Florida!  Remember that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can go!

Our 19th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments has now begun!

At a recent RTB tournament, lady angler Sarah McKenzie (pictured) is proudly showing her big bass winner. Weekly registration is $30.00 per boat for a one or two man team and the tournaments run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday through the end of October.

Prizes are awarded for the biggest bass as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories. The location each week is not revealed until Thursday mornings and is announced in Del Milligan’s column in “The Ledger” and on our website.

Like and follow us on Facebook, or you can call Ron at (863) 956-4990. The tournaments are all around great fun, come out and join us!

Submitted By:             Ron Schelfo, Owner


380 S. Lake Shore Way

Lake Alfred, Fl.  33850

(863) 956-4990