Bass Fishing In Florida
Guide to fishing for spotted, shoal and largemouth.
By Rick Seaman
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. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about bass fishing and bass lakes in the state. Also visit the Bass Knowledge Center for valuable information about bass and bass fishing.
Florida is renowned for its exceptional bass fishing opportunities, attracting anglers from all over the world. The state is home to various bass species, including largemouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, and shoal bass, each offering a unique angling experience.
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Largemouth bass are the most iconic and sought-after bass species in Florida. Known for their voracious appetite and explosive strikes, they can be found in lakes, rivers, and ponds throughout the state. Florida's extensive network of waterways, abundant vegetation, and diverse habitat provide ideal conditions for largemouth bass to thrive. Anglers often target them using a variety of techniques, such as topwater lures, plastic worms, or crankbaits.
Spotted bass, also known as Kentucky bass, are another popular species found in certain Florida water bodies. While not as widespread as largemouth bass, they can provide an exciting challenge for anglers seeking a different bass fishing experience. Spotted bass are known for their aggressive nature and strong fighting ability.
Redeye bass, also called Suwannee bass, are native to the rivers and streams of North Florida. These beautiful fish offer a unique angling opportunity and are known for their striking colors and acrobatic fights. Anglers often target them in clear, flowing waters using a variety of baits and techniques.
Shoal bass are another native species found in certain rivers of the Florida Panhandle. They are highly prized by anglers for their tenacity and hard-fighting nature. Shoal bass prefer rocky and fast-flowing waters, providing an exciting challenge for those who seek them. Catch-and-release practices are often encouraged to protect and preserve these rare and sensitive bass populations.
Florida's mild climate allows for year-round bass fishing, but the best seasons to fish may vary depending on the region and specific water body. Spring and fall are generally considered prime times for bass fishing in Florida. During these seasons, bass are actively feeding and preparing for spawning or recovering from the winter months. Anglers often find success during early morning or late afternoon when water temperatures are optimal and bass are more active.
Whether you're targeting largemouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, or shoal bass, Florida offers exceptional opportunities for bass fishing. With its diverse habitat, numerous lakes, rivers, and ponds, and a variety of techniques to choose from, anglers of all skill levels can enjoy the thrill of catching bass 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, Deer Point 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.
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 17.27 lbs
(also unofficial 20.13 lbs)
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 3.75 lbs
World record: 7 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5.95 lbs
World record: 8 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 7.83 lbs
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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For Florida
Florida State Record Bass
The state record largemouth bass was caught from an unnamed lake, the unofficial state record largemouth bass came from Big Fish Lake.
The state record spotted bass was caught out of the Apalachicola River.
The state record redeye bass came out of the Apalachicola River.
The state record shoal bass was caught in the Chipola River.
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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Bass fishing information by state.
The lifecycle of bass
The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Florida bass fishing lakes. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.