Orlando Area Lakes and Ponds

Tip of the week 

The bass have been a little lethargic and are taking a little pestering to get to bit. Choose flies such as wooly buggers or other marabou based streamers that give action even on the slower retrieve rates. Casting to potential hot-spots such as submerged trees and dock post multiple times has been necessary since the fish won't pursue very far. Typically the bass will get active again as the water warms up before the front rolls through. The pre-frontal bass fishing is very good as they are feeding before the temps dip back down again. Now the bass are beginning to push up shallow and prep the beds so back off the distance from shore as not to spook these fish hanging around the drop-offs or in slightly deeper water. Heavier flies such as Clouser Minnows or larger Lead Eyed Wooly Buggers are ideal as they will maintain bottom contact shallow and will allow for a vigorous retrieve when the wind picks up. As far as colors go darker colors such as olive and orange or black and purple are the best bets as they do an awesome job mimicking bluegill. With the spawn approaching soon the bass will be on high alert and bluegill are nest robbers and love to feed on bass eggs so the bass attack any sunfish that swims near their domain. Crawfish flies in rust or purple also work well when targeting bedding fish. The bucks (male bass) are the designated security guards and you'll catch them off the beds first. After the buck has been caught and released the larger female can also strike and this is when you have a legitimate shot at landing a trophy sized largemouth. The bluegill have been being caught on heavier Pheasant tails along drop offs no strike indicators as well on wooly buggers fished around grass lines and wood. Also casting white wooly bugger parallel to the shoreline and fished slowly off the bottom has been picking up quite a few large panfish and specs.

Seven-day forecast 

Weather conditions are cooling slightly as the week continues with some spotty showers coming. The water level on the Peace River is at normal levels. Water levels on the Econ, and Hillsborough are slightly above average. The Withlacoochee and the Kissimmee River are low. The Myakka River is slightly above average.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow white/tan 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Woolly Bugger olive 8 Buy from Orvis.com
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear red 12 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail natural 16 Buy from Orvis.com
Mini Pop Popper white 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Orvis CJ Nymph yellow 6 Buy from Orvis.com
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