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Here's a fishing report from my local newspaper

Old 04-23-2007, 07:54 PM
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I've got a reservation Friday and Sat..for Lake Fish Hook the lake producing 10 pounders right now. Only 4 boats allowed on this lake.no outboards

Around Polk County
1Around Lakeland, Lake Hollingsworth has been hot spot for bass past 10 days. Brent Howlett at Stone's Outhouse said anglers "catching the heck out of fish'' flipping black/blue glitter craws, creature baits and lizards in bulrushes. Bass running 2 1/2-4 pounds, and some anglers catching 15-20, said Howlett. Bass up to 10 pounds at Tenoroc in lakes F,Fish Hook and Horseshoe on Rat-L-Traps, reports Brian Fleming. At Saddle Creek, Lee Harrellson landed 22-inch bass on broken-back Rapala, reports Phillips Bait and Tackle. Limits of bluegill on east shore of Lake Parker near Moose Lodge and at Saddle Creek Park.

2At Auburndale, shellcracker hitting red worms at Lake Mariana. Lake Haines continues to yield limits of bluegill and shellcracker in grass and lily pads on crickets and red worms, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron's Tackle Box in Lake Alfred. Several 5-pound bass at Lake Alfred, with one at 8 1/2 pounds, on new white Jethro Floating Lizard around isolated vegetation and on chrome YoZuri Rattlin' Vibes off shorelines and around lily pads.

3At Winter Haven, bass up to 6 pounds on south chain on Rat-L-Traps, YoZuri Rattlin' Vibes and Model 7A Bombers (firetiger). Bass mostly 2-3 pounds at Eagle Lake, but 7 1/4-pounder in tournament. Bluegill at Lake Fannie.

4At Lake Hamilton, dozens of blue catfish on cut bait or small shiners, with one angler boating 42 Tuesday night 5-10 pounds in deep holes, reports Chain O'Lakes Bait and Tackle in Dundee.

5At Lake Marion near Haines City, shellcracker off after front, but weekend promising, reports Ray Chase at Bannon's Camp. Bass to 5 pounds on shiners.

6At Lake Pierce, bass up to 5 1/2 pounds in tournament, with winners averaging 5 pounds a fish. Panfish off, reports Jennings Camp.

7At Lake Hatchineha, good shellcracker action late last week before cold front, and could resume bedding in lily pads with new moon this week.

8At Lake Toho, Capt. Rick Gibbs (888-335-0051) reports a 10.4-pound bass for clients on wild shiners, and 20-25 fish per trip in scattered hydrilla.
Bass not as active as last week with weather change, especially on artificials, reports Mark Detweiler at Big Toho Marina. Bluegill and shellcracker off public piers on north end.

9At Lake Kissimmee, despite cold fronts in mid-April, a few bass over 7-8 pounds. David Cobb and Chuck Smith averaged 5 pounds for five fish to win Advance Auto Parts tournament Saturday at Camp Mack. Biggest bass 8.85 pounds by Ron Franklin and Ron Franklin Jr. On Sunday, during gale-force winds, Chris Maxwell boated 7.95-pounder and won Lakeland Bassmasters tournament with 19 1/2 pounds. Shellcracker watch with new moon. Specks near outside edge of grass, reports Leo Cosce at Camp Lester.

10At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bass guide Bill Whiting of Winter Haven (863-293-8245) catching 20-25 bass per day up to 6 1/4 pounds on wild shiners around open-water grass.

11At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, John Moody boated 8 1/2-pound bass and teamed with Bobby Croft to win Pepin Bass Club tournament Saturday with 18.65 pounds using 10-inch junebug worms, reports Cindy at Bob's Landing. Bluegill and shellcracker fair to good. Specks turned on Thursday and Friday night before front, with boats getting 25-50.

12At Frostproof, top bass in tournament on Lake Reedy 4 3/4 pounds. Water low at Arbuckle. Bass boats can launch but pontoon boats have difficulty, said park manager Jim Osteen.

13In the phosphate pits south of Mulberry and Bartow, bass anglers catching up to 15 per day from 2-4 pounds in Lake 1 at Hardee Lakes Park on weekends, reports Brent Howlett at Stone's Outhouse. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms effective off shorelines and dropoffs with water still low. No reservations needed. Tournament and Nature Fest at park April 28.





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