Lake Okeechobee Fishing Forecast – August 2023

Lake Okeechobee’s water level has been hovering around 15.00 feet. When people call to book a trip, they are asking about the water quality/ clarity in particular, algae blooms that happen this time of year due to rainfall. To answer the questions, yes, I am seeing some algae bloom areas out on the lake, scattered in the lake ranging from the west-side of the shoal area to Dyess ditch and on up towards horse island, worm cove, parts of tin house and some areas between 1st-3rd point and a few in/ around kings’ bar. I will be checking out the east side of the lake near Hendry creek down towards the J&S canal areas with that information included in September’s fishing report.

For the most part bass fishing is slow in August, but the deeper water areas in the Kissimmee River, J & S canals and Hendry Creek have been pretty good at catching bass with crank baits, top water and worms/senkos. Fishing for bream can be very successful fishing along the river and canal edges and offers anglers easy
boat access by anchoring on active bream beds and shelter from the wind. When fishing for the bream I use live crickets and/or small red worms, depending on what the customer is comfortable with. I use a 6-7ft ultra-light spinning rod rigged with 6lb mono line, peg above and below the bobber once the fishing depth is established, small bobber and hooks. This style and type of fishing, once you find an active bream bed, is engagingly fun for both young and old, offers non-stop catching – a great-tasting panfish to eat. The bream bedding season typically falls between the months of April to October, although bream can be caught year-round just like crappie but it’s best to fish for them when they are bedding. The upcoming bedding season for bass and crappies typically starts kicking in gear November.

To book your next fun-filled, productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee call me at 863-228-7263 or check out my website where you’ll find guide trip pricing, hotel accommodations and discounts available, current customer pictures and their catches, etc. Angie’s sponsors include Mercury Marine; Toho Marine (St. Cloud, FL); Gill; Rapala; Bullet Weights; BnM Poles; Mid-South Tackle; Lews; Real Magic; Tru-Turn hooks; G-Loomis; Gene Larew and Pradco Brands.