Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. Many claim that it’s an amazing fishery that anglers should try not to miss. Numerous professional and recreational tournaments are held here each year. Bass fishing is said to be the “best in the world” at Lake Okeechobee. Other species of fish you can catch here include crappie (bream, black, speck), sunfish, catfish, pickerel, bowfin, and gar.

Lake Okeechobee is perfect for trophy bass fishing where the spawn exists long into the winter on the southern side. You can access the south side of the lake from Moore Haven, Clewiston, and Belle Glade. Belle Glade is the best winter fishing location on the lake and home of Torry Island, which has a boat launch for fishing from the water. The best way to catch bass on Okeechobee is with artificial lures or wild shiners using spinning, baitcasting, or fly fishing equipment.

The best time to catch crappies is from late fall to early spring along the southeastern, western, and northern shorelines, 8 – 25 feet deep. You’ll often find crappies near water plants where they hunt for shiners, frogs, worms, insects, and bluegills. Plastic imitations of these baits work well. They also spend time near schools of shad, which are easy to spot on a depth finder. A landing net is essential for catching crappies that weigh over a pound as their skin tears easily. The color and weight of your jig can influence the catch rate for crappies, so take a variety when you head to the lake. Lighter, thinner lines can help the lure sink deeper.

Look for spawning areas near the mouth of the Kissimmee River, the canals, the northeast edge of King’s Bar, the outer edge of Observation Island, and the outer edge of South Bay. The best live bait for Bluegill, Redear, and Crappie fishing is worms and crickets, which you can buy from the marinas.

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Lake Okeechobee boat ramps:

The following boat ramps provide access to Lake Okeechobee.

Grassy Waters Boat Ramp
5320 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL

Paul Rardin Park Public Boat Ramp
4600 Bacoma Road Pahokee, FL

Loggerhead Club and Marina – Lake Okeechobee Boat Ramp
190 North Lake Way Pahokee, FL 561-924-7832 888-2

Canal Point Public Boat Ramp
W Of 441 On Lake Okeechobee Canal Point, FL

Port Mayaca Public Use Area South Boat Ramp
FL-15,Okeechobee, FL

Port Mayaca Public Use Area North Boat Ramp
SW Wood St Okeechobee, FL

Bob’s Big Bass Rv Park Boat Ramp
10641-10673 SE 125th Trail Okeechobee, FL

Rim Canal Water Control Gate 36 (Unpaved Ramp) Boat Ramp
U.S. Highway 98 (2/10ths mile south of SE 107th Trail) Okeechobee, FL

Okee-Tantie Recreation Area Airboat Ramp Boat Ramp
10430 State Road 78 Okeechobee, FL

Clewiston Recreation Area #1 Boat Ramp
Publivc Access Rd Clewiston, FL

Fwc – Okeechobee Field Office Boat Ramp
3810-3998 SE 27th Way Okeechobee, FL

Mayberry’s Rv & Mobile Home Park Boat Ramp
Okeechobee, FL

indian Prairie Canal Public Boat Ramp at State Road 78 Boat Ramp
Indian Prarie Moore Haven, FL

Pond at Nicodemus Slough Boat Ramp
SR 78 about 6 miles north of RT 27 Moore Haven, FL

John Stretch Memorial Park Boat Ramp
North Of US 27 Clewiston, FL