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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.
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There is a 39.27% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 194 Largemouth Bass counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART
There is a 28.34% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 140 Bluegill counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART
There is a 14.17% catch rate for Redear Sunfish, based on 70 Redear Sunfish counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE REDEAR SUNFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 5.26% catch rate for Warmouth, based on 26 Warmouth counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE WARMOUTH COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.66% catch rate for Threadfin Shad, based on 23 Threadfin Shad counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE THREADFIN SHAD COUNTS CHART
There is a 2.23% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 11 Black Crappie counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE BLACK CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.82% catch rate for Bowfin, based on 9 Bowfin counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE BOWFIN COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.01% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 5 Striped Mullet counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART
There is a 0.81% catch rate for Dollar Sunfish, based on 4 Dollar Sunfish counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE DOLLAR SUNFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 0.61% catch rate for Chain Pickerel, based on 3 Chain Pickerel counted.
ENLARGE LAKE OKEECHOBEE CHAIN PICKEREL COUNTS CHART
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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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Kissimmee River Public Use Area - Paradise Run
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Good rocks along bank to work in this cut for bass.
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