Fishing Around Polk County (Nov. 15)


Strike Zone Areas: 2 , 3 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:34 p.m.

1 - Around Lakeland, average size for speckled perch increasing with each cold front, reports Stacy Roberts at Phillips Bait and Tackle. Some limits of small specks at spots like Hollingsworth, but not consistent limits of specks 10 inches and up anywhere locally. Best size has been at Tenoroc, with B, Picnic, Shop and Lost Lake East tops last week, although anglers are culling through smaller perch to get 10-inchers and up. Speck fishermen picking up 10-12 at Saddle Creek Park on minnows. A few specks and more catfish at old power plant pier on Lake Parker and Lake Gibson. Bass action good for bank fishermen at Saddle Creek on purple/emerald Senko-style stick-baits, with fish up to 4 1/2 pounds, and small shiners yielding smaller bass.

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2 - At Auburndale, great weekend for specks on Rochelle and Haines early, and Lake Echo at night, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron's Tackle Box in Lake Alfred. Specks up to 1-1 1/2 pounds on Rochelle and Haines on minnows in 4-6 feet off grass lines, a little deeper than they have been. Schelfo said he hasn't seen limits, but a lot of big specks. Bass picked up a little on Rochelle and Haines casting topwater plugs — Heddon's new Chugging Spook in baby bass or bone/orange belly, Schelfo said, with anglers coming back to restock.

3 - At Winter Haven, Eric Conant and Kevin Wells produced a 17-pound stringer with a 4 3/4-pounder in Sunday Open tournament on south chain casting worms, Flukes and lipless crankbaits to edges of grass lines, reports Willard Combee. He said bass are suspended, waiting to move shallow, and that 8-15 feet was not productive on open-water structure. Specks good on Lake Shipp off park pier and in middle on minnows, said Ron Schelfo, and dock behind McDonald's on Lake Howard continues to be "real strong'' for specks.

4 - At Lake Hamilton, bass and specks just off the grass lines with fair results. Size improving for specks, but no big numbers yet.

5 - At Lake Marion near Haines City, specks have been off and on, but the next couple of weeks should see the best catches of the fall.

6 - At Lake Pierce, a few bass 2-5 pounds on wild shiners, reports Mark McDonough at Jennings Resort. Handful of specks early, and a few catfish.

7 - At Lake Hatchineha, good speck fishing on Lake Cypress ended Tuesday for Leo Cosce when crews sprayed Aquathol K where they had caught 100 specks two days in a row on jigs last week. Cosce, guided by Frank Kees, was dipping jigs along hydrilla edges in open water on Cypress Tuesday and they had 30 in the boat over 10 inches, with several 13 inches, when an airboat pulled up and got ready to spray. They moved to Kissimmee and finished with 40. Cheryl Brewer landed a 6.80-pound bass Sunday in Hawg Hunters tournament.

8 - At Lake Toho, specks quite good when it's cold and not so windy on minnows and jigs, or jigs tipped with minnows, around hydrilla edges at markers 24, 26 and 27, reports Cody Detweiler at Big Toho Marina. Also some specks off wooden dock near Lakefront ramp. Bass starting to eat large wild shiners pretty good, with up to 20 per morning for guides, up to 5 pounds. Exmark Toho Challenge bass tournament is Saturday, with first place an $8,500 Exmark lawnmower (www.tohochallenge.com/).

9 - At Lake Kissimmee, Benny Rose of Illinois, a winter resident at Grape Hammock, released a 12-pound, 6-ounce bass Tuesday casting a topwater plug, reports Claudette Lefebvre at Grape Hammock. Bigger bass moving toward shallow water, and more being caught inside grass lines flipping and punching mats, said Leo Cosce at Camp Lester. Specks coming on, and should be good the next two weeks between the new and full moons, Cosce said. He said outside edge of grass lines holding specks, but no big concentrations, so you have to move from spot to spot. Cosce caught a few specks 10 inches and up on jigs at the south end of Bird and Rabbit islands, south end of Grassy Island and Philadelphia Point on Tuesday with Frank Kees. Speck fishermen picking up 20-25 nice-sized perch per trip around Brahma Island, Lefebvre said. Water in the low 60s.

10 - At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, decent numbers of specks, but size excellent, up to 16 inches on minnows, said Stacy Roberts. Specks active when it's cold, slacking off on warming trends.

11 - At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, best report of the fall for specks, with some limits of perch 10-14 inches at night on minnows in 20-25 feet, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing. She said anglers are dropping minnows to the bottom then reeling them up to 18 feet deep. Early morning speckers getting two dozen per boat. Bass up to 5 pounds in 12 feet on U.S. 27 shoreline with wild shiners.

12 - At Frostproof, some boats getting 20 specks a trip, others just 1-2, on Lake Arbuckle, reports Vereatha Lee. Some specks 9-10 inches, and largest so far is 16 inches, said Bill Lee, who manages the Arbuckle campground with his wife. Boats drifting minnows in open water. Pretty good numbers of bass on Arbuckle before cold fronts, with 11-pounder the week before Halloween. But bass tough on Arbuckle and Reedy with cold front conditions.

13 - In the phosphate pits south of Mulberry and Bartow, speckled perch more active than bass, with gold minnows popular.

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