January 2020 Okeechobee fishing report

The fishing has been improving daily here on Lake Okeechobee as we head into the new year. My clients have been enjoying the weather and the bass fishing here in south Florida with the big girls moving in to traditional spawning areas. The bite on the wild shiners has been the best but the bite on artificial lures has also been pretty good with bites coming on frogs, swimbaits, and of course stick baits. I have been fishing a lot of areas from South Bay to Whidden Pass which gives everyone plenty of areas to fish. The wind has been the deciding factor as to where I have been fishing, as usual the wind blows on Okeechobee this time of the year.
My selection for artificial lures have been Spro frogs, Gambler EZ Swimmers and of course I never go anywhere with a Gambler Ace tied on. Some of the better fishing has been on the outside grass line but I have also been doing really well back in the shallow clear water but the key to that has been being quite with the trolling motor and making long casts. I have found that if there are a lot of boats in a shallow water area the bite has been pretty tough. Explore areas that you don’t see a lot of boats, you might just be surprised at what you find. The bite on live bait aka wild shiners has been good and seems to be improving almost daily and as we get closer to that magical spawning season Okeechobee should be on fire. The lake level has remained around that 13 to 13 ½ foot above sea level and the Corp of Engineers say they are not going to be doing any water releases, believe that when I see. Can’t wait to see what blessings are in store for the 2020 season here on Lake Okeechobee. Now is the time to get a fishing trip booked on world famous Lake Okeechobee 863-677-0983