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Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee Fishing

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida and the second largest natural freshwater lake in the contiguous US. It has a surface area of 734 square miles (1181 km), 143 miles (230 km) of shoreline, and an average depth of nine feet (3 meters). The maximum depth is 12 feet (4 meters). The Kissimmee River serves as the lake's primary source for water. The Herbert Hoover Dike is a earthen dam that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. .

The Seminole people, who were indigenous to Florida, fished in the lake for centuries before European colonization. They used nets, traps, and spears to catch fish such as bass, catfish, and gar. In the late 1800s, commercial fishing began on Lake Okeechobee. The lake was abundant with fish, and the industry quickly grew. Fishermen used traditional methods such as gill nets and traps to catch fish, which were sold to local markets and restaurants. In the early 1900s, sport fishing became popular on Lake Okeechobee.. Guides and outfitters began offering fishing trips on the lake, and the tourism industry grew.

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Sunfish are the most commonly caught species while fishing Lake Okeechobee. There are over 40 species of native fish in Lake Okeechobee. Known for many fishing tournaments and trophy sized Largemouth Bass, it is not uncommon to catch some weighing around 7 to 10 pounds. The lake's record for largest Bass caught is at 15 pounds and 5 ounces.



Lake Okeechobee Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Okeechobee, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Bluegill

  2. Bluegill

    There is a 49.89% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1566 Bluegill counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART


  3. Largemouth Bass

  4. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 20.83% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 654 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Redear Sunfish

  6. Redear Sunfish

    There is a 9.46% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 297 Redear Sunfish counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Redear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redear

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE REDEAR SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. Warmouth

  8. Warmouth

    There is a 5.35% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 168 Warmouth counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Warmouth Counts Chart
    Warmouth

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  9. Bowfin

  10. Bowfin

    There is a 4.71% catch rate for Bowfin, based on 148 Bowfin counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Bowfin Counts Chart
    Bowfin

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  11. Spotted Sunfish

  12. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 3.82% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 120 Spotted Sunfish counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Spotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  13. Black Crappie

  14. Black Crappie

    There is a 1.75% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 55 Black Crappie counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE BLACK CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART


  15. Chain Pickerel

  16. Chain Pickerel

    There is a 0.67% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 21 Chain Pickerel counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Chain Pickerel Counts Chart
    Chain

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE CHAIN PICKEREL COUNTS CHART


  17. Redbreast Sunfish

  18. Redbreast Sunfish

    There is a 0.61% catch rate for Redbreast Sunfish, based on 19 Redbreast Sunfish counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Redbreast Sunfish Counts Chart
    Redbreast

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE REDBREAST SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Gizzard Shad

  20. Gizzard Shad

    There is a 0.57% catch rate for Gizzard Shad, based on 18 Gizzard Shad counted.

    Lake Okeechobee Gizzard Shad Counts Chart
    Gizzard

    ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE GIZZARD SHAD COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 21 species of fish and 3139 fish counted for May around Lake Okeechobee.

To date, there are 35 species of fish and a total of 318964 fish counted for Lake Okeechobee and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/28/1931 (93 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 4:00:03 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Lake Okeechobee Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Okeechobee are the following:

  1. Small Platform


  2. wreck-8563


  3. 3269


  4. Port Mayaca
    I like to work these markers for bass.


  5. Buzzards Roost
    Buzzards Roost


  6. wreck-8537


  7. Kissimmee River Public Use Area - Paradise Run


  8. Morning Star
    Good rocks to work here for bass.


  9. Sand Cut
    Good rocks along bank to work in this cut for bass.


  10. OKE2
    OKE2


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Top Lake Okeechobee Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Jolly Roger Marina


  2. Fast Break Bait & Tackle
    Fast Break Bait and Tackle is one of the most unique business you will ever step foot in. We have both a convenience store and tackle shop at one location. We carry everything you would ever expect in a traditional tackle shop and convenience store a

  3. Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters
    Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters is a locally-owned and operated , full-service bait and tackle store. With a huge selection of artificial baits and the best live bait on Lake Okeechobee we can supply all the needs to make your day as enjoyable as pos

  4. Slim's Fish Camp


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Top Lake Okeechobee Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Just 4 Bass
    Just 4 Bass is owned and operated by Professional Fishing Guide Scott Kerslake, who is a certified United States Coast Guard Captain. Just 4 Bass offers professional bass guides for both a full and a half day at Lake Okeechobee.

  2. Shellen Guide Services
    Professional Bass Fishing Guides on lake Okeechobee. We value our clients, and want them to enjoy the best fishing trip of their life each time we fish together. We have the highest rate of repeat business on Lake Okeechobee for a reason! We catch bi

  3. Fast Break Bait & Tackle
    Fast Break Bait and Tackle is one of the most unique business you will ever step foot in. We have both a convenience store and tackle shop at one location. We carry everything you would ever expect in a traditional tackle shop and convenience store a

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Top Lake Okeechobee Marinas

  1. Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort


  2. Jolly Roger Marina


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