Fishing Around Polk County (Dec. 6)


Strike Zone Areas: 1 , 2 , 3 , 5 , 8 , 9 , 11

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.

1 - Around Lakeland, some limits of speckled perch mostly over 10 inches at Saddle Creek Park for the first time this season, reports Stacy Roberts at Phillips Bait and Tackle. Specks on east side of park drifting minnows or Slater jigs (silver, gold) tipped with minnows out deep and along bulrushes. Also limits of specks at Tenoroc on Hydrilla, Shop, 3, 5 and B, reports David Frazier at Tenoroc. Roberts also heard Legs was good at Tenoroc. Limits of nice specks up to 12 inches on Lake Agnes at Polk City, Roberts said. Specks improving around bulrushes at Parker and a few off old power plant pier. Decent numbers of specks at Lake Deeson mostly 8-9 inches. Bass numbers picked up notably on warming trend at Tenoroc with fish up to 21 inches on junebug worms and Rat-L-Traps. Bass 4-5 pounds at Saddle Creek starting about 11 a.m. on shiners and deep-diving crankbaits, with a 7-pounder largest reported on a junebug Zoom Swamp Crawler finesse worm. Catfish picked up at Peterson Park, and fair on Lake B at Tenoroc. Bluegill good on west side at Saddle Creek, fair at Tenoroc on 5 and Picnic. Tilapia on red worms off cattails at Saddle Creek.

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2 - At Auburndale, specks going great on Haines and Rochelle early mornings, and more folks going out at night now, reports Ron Schelfo at Ron's Tackle Box in Lake Alfred. Specks a little deeper during day because of warming trend, in 6-8 feet instead of 4-5 feet. Schelfo said he's seen a lot of boats on the water at night. Minnows best, but yellow or chartreuse jigs (Hal Flys, pipe cleaner-style) working well. Some limits of specks on Ariana, over 10 inches, on gold minnows, said Stacy Roberts. A few specks on Alfred and Twin Lakes, Schelfo said. Bass picked up Xr-50s (Royal Shad), letting them drop in water column with fish hitting lures on the drop, and Model 8A Bomber firetiger crankbaits in deeper holes on Rochelle, nothing big but lots of fish, Schelfo said.

3 - At Winter Haven, fishermen elbow to elbow on dock behind McDonald's at Lake Howard and doing really good for specks, said Ron Schelfo. Lake Shipp good for specks off park pier or drifting minnows in deeper water. South chain quiet bass-wise, with better fish likely suspended off grass lines waiting to move in for spawning season.

4 - At Lake Hamilton, specks gradually improving size-wise now, and numbers are ticking up, slow-trolling minnows along outside grass.

5 - At Lake Marion near Haines City, bigger specks biting in lily pads on the east shore, reports Eileen O'Leary at Bannon's Fish Camp. Alvin Near and Farrell Winemiller, visiting the camp for the winter, brought in 11 really nice specks Tuesday afternoon and said they lost another half-dozen, taking advantage of ideal weather conditions. Lake level dropping without rain for past month.

6 - At Lake Pierce, specks a little better by the week, but no limits yet, slow-trolling or drifting minnows off deeper grass lines.

7 - At Lake Hatchineha, speck fishing impacted by hydrilla spraying in open-water hydrilla on Hatchineha and Cypress two weeks ago, said Leo Cosce. On Hatchineha, Bronson Cove and most of area from Cypress Canal to Gator Cove and Dead River was sprayed. A few specks in canals, but not enough for return trip.

8 - At Lake Toho, limits of decent-sized specks on minnows and jigs (Road Runners) between markers 26 and 24, reports Cody Detweiler at Big Toho Marina. Bass still tough on artificials, with a few bites early on topwater before sunrise, otherwise working soft plastics slowly around hydrilla or flipping grass edges. Water temperature up a few degrees to 66.

9 - At Lake Kissimmee, specks are good, but not great yet, and numbers of bigger black crappie should start spawning between new moon (Dec. 13) and full moon (Dec. 28), reports Leo Cosce at Camp Lester. Specks biting good early mornings and evenings in Brahma Island region, with limits even before sun comes up for some, reports Lacey Chandley at Grape Hammock. Cosce said North Cove most popular spot for specks because of wind, which is OK early but kicking up to 25 mph most afternoons. Cosce said speck anglers keeping 15-18 per boat over 10 inches and tossing back 20 smaller perch, with the south end of Bird Island and the west side of Grassy Island toward No. 8 Marker good spots as well. Specks are along outside grass and inside around lily pads, best on jigs, Cosce said. Bigger bass hitting wild shiners, with a 10 1/2-pounder weighed in at Grape Hammock and numbers of fish 2-5 pounds. Two men from Kentucky staying at Camp Lester boated three bass 7, 9 and 10 pounds on wild shiners Tuesday and Wednesday, Cosce said. Bass decent on artificials, with two 19-pound stringers Sunday in Tampa Pro Bass tournament with big bass of 7-8 pounds.

10 - At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, no reports on specks or bass past couple of weeks, but odds are specks are good drifting minnows and slow-trolling jigs, or jigs tipped with minnows (Ron's Zip, Hal Flys in white, chartreuse, hot pink, white/blue) off grass lines. Wild shiners best bet for bass.

11 - At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, three fishermen kept 35 specks 10 inches and up, with several 14-15 inches, on minnows while out deep most of Saturday night, reports Cindy Ritchison at Bob's Landing. Several limits of bass Sunday in Lee County Bass Club tournament, with 13 1/2 pounds to win and a 7.87-pounder for winner Dave Horn that was "huge and skinny,'' Ritchison said, on Zoom speed worms in 5 1/2 feet inside grass lines on U.S. 27 shoreline. Bass tough in general.

12 0 At Frostproof, specks seems to have improved a little bit on Lake Arbuckle, with a lot of little ones and two or three 10-11 inches mixed in on minnows and jigs in open water, reports Vereatha Lee at the county campground.

13 - In the phosphate pits south of Mulberry and Bartow, good time for specks on minnows. Bass running mostly 1-2 pounds over rock piles, sand bars and off cattail lines.

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