Lake Okeechobee North End Report: July 2016

Tanya Carr with an 8-pound bass on a wild shiner. PHOTO CREDIT: Capt. Eddie Perry.
Tanya Carr with an 8-pound bass on a wild shiner. PHOTO CREDIT: Capt. Eddie Perry.

Here we are again, its summer time, and with that we have very hungry bass on the north end of the lake.  Early morning bass fishing has been as good as it gets and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.  Our typical early morning spinner bait and top water bite is in full swing which makes for some exciting fishing first thing in the morning.  Outside Kissimmee Grass edges and Bull Reed edges with a 1/2 ounce War Eagle mouse colored spinner bait is a sure thing. If the mouse color doesn’t produce the action you are looking for, switch to a white spinner bait with copper blades.  As far as top water goes, try a shad colored Pop – R or a shad colored Chug Bug, something that will spit water forward. They are great baits to imitate shad when they are schooled up and in close first thing in the morning. There is also a good flipping and pitching bite when you move to the inside of these areas right now. If you are pitching the reeds, try a 1/2 ounce jig in a dark color, the reason for a 1/2 ounce is it will fall slower and you can work through the reeds better. If you decide to flip, look for hyacinth mats and punch them with a 1 ounce to 1 1/2 ounce weight with the craw worm of your choice.  Shiner action has been red hot for the first few hours and slows down as it heats up during the day. Catches on half day trips can range from 20 to 40 bass by 10:am, with fish up to the 8 lb class. The tip of Grassy Island, the north end of Kings Bar, Buckhead Ridge and Third Point are all good places to start for your bass fishing day.

For those of you who are looking for Bluegills and Shellcrackers look around the mouth of the Kissimmee River and in front of the Buckhead Ridge marker. The Bluegills have moved in to spawn and will continue to move in as the summer moves forward. Use crickets and red worms on the bottom in the beds for best results.

Be sure and stop by Garrard’s Bait and Tackle for all your fishing needs, live bait or artificial we have it all.

Good Fishin’