The bass bite remains good for Polk County area anglers

Fish of the Week

Largemouth Bass — The bass bite is good for Polk County area anglers. Good numbers and trophy size fish have been caught this week.

Strike Zone, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Around Polk County

1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on lakes Long, Tern, Waterlou, 2, 3, 5 and F. Lakes Butterfly, Cemetery Fish Hook, Horseshoe, Hydrilla, Lost Lake East and B also had high catch rates. This past week there were 56 large bass over 19 inches reported. A total of 17 bass measured over 22 inches and four of the largest fish measured close to 25 inches. Anglers had the best results for specks on Lake 4. Lakes Derby, Long, Picnic and 5 had the best panfish bite. The catfish bite was best at Lake Derby, reports FWC biologist Paolo Pecora. At Saddle Creek, bass are biting good around the park on Texas rigged speed worms up around the trees. Rocks piles in 10 feet of water are also producing. Bluegill and tilapia are biting on red worms and crickets along the banks. Around town, Lake Parker is producing bluegill and shellcracker in the pads on crickets and grass shrimp. The bass bite is good there while flipping Texas rigged craws and creature baits in the cattails. Some specks are still biting minnows in deep water at Lake Hollingsworth, reports Kyle Stafford at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).

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