Fishing report Updated
May 9 2013
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Bluegill and Shellcracker are beginning the spawn in†most area lakes. Look for
cover such as lily pads and cat tails in coves and residential canals. Good
baits are Red Worms and grass shrimp. Catching grass shrimp is easy with a fine
mesh net . You can find them in eel grass beds in shallow water.
Bass will hang around the beds feeding on the minnows that
eat the pan-fish eggs. Cast a plastic worm around the bedding area. Good colors
are Watermelon with Red Flake and June Bug.
The entrance to Apopka-Beauclair canal from lake Beauclair
is still closed. Water levels are very low in all lakes, so use caution when
launching and running close to shore.
Tilapia are also bedding and the bow-fishing for them is
really hot. The beds are easy to spot as they make a huge bed in shallow water.
We stock a complete line of bow-fishing supplies, so check out our web site or
come in for help setting up your bow.
Specks (Crappie) can still be caught tight lining in the
deeper parts of the lake
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We have the Blakemore Roadrunner curly tail lure for $2.79 ea.
Effective on Bass, Crappie and Bluegill.
Attach a small float about 3 feet
Fish Bite. Cast to the edges of pads and grass and use a
erratic jerk and retrieve to attract feeding Specks and pan fish. Tip the jig with a minnow
for best results. You can now order
Ron's Zip Jig
online. Only $1.59 ea.
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Blue gill and shellcracker are spawning in the pads and grass in coves and
residential canals. Gilbert Park on Lake Dora and Eustis Lake Walk on Lake Eustis are good for catfish
and pan fish
at night. The Lake walk can also produce some nice size bass. Fish the Howey
Bridge at night for Specks and Bass. Use a submersible light up next to the
Lake Griffin now has a 10
inch min size for Crappie.
St. Johns River
Schooling bass are in
the river chasing menhaden shad around points and where runoff from storms enter the river. The Strike
King Red Eye Shad is a good bait for schoolers. Slow troll a shiner in the river
channel for Stripers and Hybrid bass. Use a 1/2 to 1 oz egg sinker rigged above
a swivel to keep the shiner deep.
The deep water in mid lake is a
good bet for specks. Lots of limits are coming out of 15 to 18 ft of water fishing just
off the bottom. Good colors are Yellow/Orange and Pink. Trolling a
Rat-L-Trap around the fish attractor on the North end is producing some nice
Lake Yale water levels are very low and only small
boats can navigate the canal from the ramp to the lake.
Located in Seminole WMA
on Hwy 46
is a HOT spot for Channel Cats. This Lake
by Fish and Game and even has fish feeders. It's a great spot to take
the kids. Bank fishing only. Bass must be released.
Access is from SR46 just west of the
Wekiva River bridge.
Nite crawlers are best bait for channel cats.
Black Water Creek
To fish Blackwater Creek
in Seminole WMA
or to get permits to Drive into Seminole Forrest
call Lake Forestry Station at 352-360-6675.
They will Fax the permit form with the
lock combination to you or you may
have them fax it to Sorrento Bait and Tackle
at 352-383-1185. The permit is free.
We charge a $1.50 fee for the fax service.
and Shellcracker are in very shallow water over shell beds in grassy
middle of the lakes with Rat-L-Traps for Specks and Bass. Fish a shiner around
points for Bass. Cast the shiner rigged under a float to the edges of grass and
Flip a June Bug worm in heavy cover.
Big catfish are moving into the river to spawn. Fish the deep holes
with Shiners or Night Crawlers. Sunshine bass school at the mouth of the river early morning. Medium
shiners or Menhaden Shad are best baits. Lots of shad are schooling
in the St John's river now. Big catfish are still in the deep holes in the
bends of the river with medium shiners, shad or nite crawlers..
Beetle-Spins will catch a variety of fish, slow troll along the
edges of grass and pads or cast near the cypress roots or sunken
Cast a black shad plastic worm near stumps, fallen trees and lily-pads
for bass. Troll small crank baits in the last stretch of
river before the St Johns. A noisy top water lure such as the Rattlin-Rogue
will also work.
Use a cast net
to catch Menhaden shad in the river. Great bait for Stripers,
Sunshine Bass and Largemouth bass.
For directions to boat ramps and best fishing
by Sorrento Bait and Tackle on your next trip to Lake County.
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Terry & Tom from Georgia went out with Captain Lynda on a crappie (speck)
trip to Lake Monroe and had a blast catching over 25 specks. They ended up keeping only 12 of the largest
ones and believe me they were beauties, all weighing about 2 pounds each. Most were caught on Ronís Zip Jigs tipped
with small minnows in 6 feet of water or less. On
another speck trip John & Eugene caught 20 nice specks also using zip jigs
and a gold and red ice jig (Red rooster) tipped with small minnows
The Harris Chain is hot right now with lots of
smaller bass being caught.† Large Shiners or Rat-L-Traps are the best baits this
time of year.
canals are producing some nice bass. The private lake I fish is all catch and release but it is loaded with
some big bass.† A lot of the local small lakes are producing some nice sized schooler bass. Fishing a shiner on a freeline (without a bobber or weight) is
still producing some of the bigger fish. A slow falling sinking weightless worm (Productoís Hot Rod works great)
or a white and chartreuse spinner bait reeled in as slowly as possible, are both
working quite well. Be sure to lift up
on your rod tip occasionally then let it slowly fall to make the spinner bait
look as natural as possible. If you
think you are fishing too slow, slow down even more. These baits can produce some huge bass but
they have to be worked very slowly. Lake
Dora, Lake Harris, Lakes Cypress, Toho and Lake Hatchineha are still giving up
some nice bass on extra large shiners and flipping the heavy Kissimmee
Try a frog or Gamblers Big Easy
over lily pads, topped out hydrilla and along weed lines for largemouth
bass. Gamblers Big Easy Swim Bait is a
fun bait to throw and seems to produce larger bass. When all else fails use the drop shot
method. This is very productive if you
are a patient fisherman. If you would
like to learn about the drop shot method give her a call or stop in at Sorrento
Bait and Tackle to see how itís done.
Captain Lynda is now fishing some
private lakes as well as Central Florida major lakes and rivers.
For the fishing trip youíve dreamed
of, give Captain Lynda a call at (toll free) 1-866-383-1893, or cell number
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done by taxidermist Paul Solomon of Winter Garden. This bass was caught by
Captain Lynda and released so others could enjoy the thrill.
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