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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

November 3rd Okeechobee fishing report

Just wanted to get a quick fishing report out today and let everyone know what is going on at Lake Okeechobee. The bass have finally started to make a move off the main lake to traditional fishing areas. And that is great news for us, it signal that our busy season is about to start. Had a great week catching bass in good numbers like it should be in spite of the mid eighties water temperature and ninety degree air temps. Was even lucky enough this past week to have a customer put one in the boat over nine pounds. The water level has been holding steady at around 13.50 feet above sea level, a great level except that if we don’t get a lot of rain north of us it will be getting low as the season progresses. The live bait bite on wild shiners has been the best bet but the artificial bite has also been good but you will have to work for them a little harder. The best bet if the wind will allow is to fish the outside grass line looking for clean water and baitfish in both directions when you come out the Clewiston channel. Artificial lure selection would be Gambler Ace’s, Gambler Burner Worm, and the new Wow Factor Fishing square bill crankbait. I have seen a little more vegetation growing in some areas I just hope it continues and the Florida Wildlife Commission and Applied Aquatics leave our lake alone. We all need to stick together to stop the misuse of chemical weed spraying on our lake. It is time to get those fishing trips booked on Okeechobee for this years season which starts now. I have trips available for 4 and 6 hours with up to 4 people on the boat. I also have overnight accommodations available. Contact me at 863-677-0983 www.markkingfishing.com

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September 2019 Fishing Report

It has been a long hot summer here on Okeechobee but fall is in site with the promise of good fishing. We have been very fortunate to have dodged all the hurricanes so far this year and our lake for sure does not need one. The lake level is up to 13.86 feet above sea level and we do have some new vegetation that has been growing all summer. I am looking forward an awesome fishing season as we head into October and the temperatures start to cool off a little. We have been fishing some of the traditional summer areas the last few months and it has been about what you expect for summer fishing here on Okeechobee, get out early and catch some bass for about two or three hours and then get off the water as it gets to hot. I am really looking forward to the cool weather and the bass moving from where they spend their summers in open water to areas in the vegetation where they are easier to locate. Traditional areas like the Monkey Box and north shore areas where bass move in to spawn will start to see the male buck bass moving in to start making beds. Other areas that are good spawning areas should also include around Cochran’s Pass, Turners Cove, East and West Walls, and of course Bay Bottom. I will be getting very busy with guide trips as we get into Oct/Nov months and I am really excited about this season, I really believe this is going to be a great year on the lake. I will be doing both live bait and artificial trips here on Okeechobee. I will always give you my suggestion as what is best at the time but ultimately it is your trip and you are paying so we can do anything you like. Unlike some guides who push you to do what they want to do I leave it up the the clients. Now is the time to start getting those winter trips to World Famous Lake Okeechobee planned, don’t wait till all the good dates are booked up. Good luck and tight lines!!! Hope to see y’all on the water soon. Capt Mark King