Monthly Archives: November 2016

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Report Nov 2016

November has come to Lake Okeechobee and the water is finally cooling off and the bass are biting. It has been a long hot summer here in south Florida and the cool nights have been a relief for both fisherman and fish. Water levels on the lake are going down finally from the higher levels that we have had most of the summer; we are at fifteen and a half feet above sea level and going down daily. The locks at Clewiston are in operation but if the water level continues to go down should be open for the winter within the next couple weeks.
The bass fishing has been good and getting better almost daily with the water cooling off and more and more bass moving off the main lake toward spawning areas. We did have a pretty good spawn in October around that full moon as I am seeing a lot of bass fry in many areas of the lake. The live bait fishing has been really good the past couple weeks with some bass up to seven pounds being caught on wild shiners. The artificial bite has been a little tough but as this water level continues to go down and the water temperature continues to go down the bass will be getting fired up. The key to the artificial lure fishing right now has been finding clean water, the wind the last three weeks has kept the water pretty churned up in most areas and we are having to go farther out from Clewiston to find clean water. I have been getting a topwater bite to start the morning and then going to worms the rest of the day. Most of the bass I have been catching lately have been on a ten inch worm in the hayfield (aka needle grass) areas. A ten inch Gambler Ribbon Tail in watermelon red color until the sun gets high then going to a bluegrass or junebug color.
Areas that have been good for me have been East Wall, Ritta Island, and down south around Grassy, Long Point, and Buzzard’s Roost. But this changes daily as to which way the wind blows and how hard. You can fish the stained water with wild shiners but you will need to find clean water to catch bass here on Okeechobee. This is shaping up to be a great fishing season here on Lake Okeechobee and I am looking forward to being on the lake with past friends and lots of new ones this year. For those of you who don’t know me and my wife Diane we moved to Florida from Ohio about fifteen years ago so that I could become a fishing guide and with God’s blessing it has been a great ride. I look forward to getting up every morning and seeing what nature has to offer me out on the lake, it is truly Living a Dream for me. Now is the time to book a trip of a lifetime on world famous Lake Okeechobee, you won’t be disappointed. Until next report good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.