The bass bite remains strong for area anglers

Fish of the Week

Largemouth Bass — The bass bite remains good for area anglers, but the fish are starting to move out to deeper water with the warming temps.

Strike Zone1, 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 Derby, Fish Hook, Hydrilla, 2, 3, A, C and F. Lakes Coronet, Horseshoe, Legs, 5 and B also had high catch rates. This past week, 44 large bass over 19 inches were reported, with eight fish measuring over 22 inches. Speck fishing was best at Lake Horseshoe. The best lakes for panfish were Cemetery, Derby, Horseshoe and 5. Catfish were biting best at lakes Cemetery, Derby, Legs, Picnic, 5 and B, reports FWC biologist Paolo Pecora. At Saddle Creek, good numbers of bass are biting around the islands on shiners under a float. Junebug color Texas rigged worms and trick worms are producing bass on the rock piles and ledges. Bluegill and tilapia are biting red worms along the banks. Around town, Lake Parker is producing bass on chatterbaits in the hydrilla and while flipping creature baits in the cattails. Good numbers of bluegill and shellcracker are biting there in the pads on red worms and grass shrimp. Lake Crago has a good bluegill bite on grass shrimp up against the cattails, along the banks. Lake Hollingsworth is producing bass around vegetation on shiners under a float, reports Kyle Stafford at Phillips Bait and Tackle (863-666-2248).

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