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All about fishing for spotted, shoal and largemouth.

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Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Florida.

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Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Sunshine State.

Bass Lakes In Florida

You'd be hard pressed to find many lakes in Florida that do not have a population of bass. Florida is the ideal region for growing not only healthy populations of bass, but it also produces some monster bass. The state record largemouth is over 17 pounds and many think the next world record will come from FL. Try your luck for bass on some of the larger lakes and impoundments in FL including Blue Cypress Lake, Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Deerpoint Lake, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Apopka, Lake Conlin, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Harney, Lake Hatchineha, Lake Jackson, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Jessup, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Marian, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Monroe, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Talquin, Lake Santa Fe, Lake Seminole, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Wier, Lake Weohyakapka, Lochloosa Lake, Newnans Lake, Orange Lake, Rodman Reservoir, St. John's River and Tsala Apopka Lake.

Big Florida Bass
Florida bass by Tim Fey.

The Florida strain of largemouth bass typically grows to larger sizes than other strains of black bass. Also known as hawgs in FL, this fish has a mouth that opens wide enough to swallow its own head. It will attempt to eat virtually anything it can catch and swallow. Growing to well over 20 pounds, it is much bigger than it's cousin the smallmouth bass.

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The unofficial FL state record largemouth bass came from Big Fish Lake, and the certified record largemouth came from an unnamed lake. The Apalachicola River served up the state record spotted bass and the state record shoal bass was caught out of Chipola River

Bass In Florida

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 4 oz
(also unofficial 20 lbs 1 oz)

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Shoal Bass

Shoal bass

World record: 7 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Redeye Bass

Redeye bass

World record: 8 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 13 oz

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