Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing

The word Okeechobee means big water to the Seminole Indians. Since this lake encompasses 748 square miles and is thirteen to nineteen feet deep this is certainly true. Lake Okeechobee bass fishing has become internationally renowned and the lake is only two hours distance from Naples. The area is filled with tackle shops, motels, marinas, restaurants, rental boats, lodging, and gear. This is the second biggest freshwater lake located in the United States with an amazing reputation for fishing. The 450,000 acres of the lake are partially hidden by trees, levees, and a dike. The circumference is 150 miles and the distance to the opposite shore is thirty miles. The best fishing is at the western shore and this is where Calhoun’s Guide Service is located. 

Lake Okeechobee is recharged form precipitation and the Kissimmee River’s southward water flow. History shows the hydro pattern flows in a southward direction and covers millions of acres. There are structures in the waterway including narrow canals and open water for fish along hundreds of grasses and vegetation's. Lake Okeechobee is in central southern Florida and links Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic sides through the Moore Haven Lock on the west and the Port Mayaca Lock on the east. The lake is lowered by drainage canals and the adjacent lands are used for farming. Agriculture around the lake includes dairy farming, cattle ranching, and crops of rice, sweet corn, sod, citrus, winter vegetables, and sugarcane. 

Lake Okeechobee bass fishing in known all over the world and the Haw Hunter guides have clients from Europe and Japan. They come to fish at the lake. The average depth is just ten feet and fisherman nationwide know how many bass are contained in every acre. The bass production is seven pounds and exceeds any other lake in the United States. Lake Okeechobee has produced the best speck fish, blue gill, and largemouth bass fishing worldwide for many years. 

To improve the production of crops all year and prevent flooding Hoover Dike was built on Lake Okeechobee’s southern regions. The regions tory mucks have fifty percent more mineral matter according to weight and more fertility than the areas saw grass mucks. In the 1950’s technology was responsible for construction including dikes and a canal system. Pumping stations were built so water could be distributed to the Everglades Agricultural Areas. Efficient and well-trained guides conduct tours and trips on Lake Okeechobee. They provide an advantage over the fish because they know their movements and feeding patterns. They are cordial and willing to provide any necessary help because they genuinely want you to enjoy your time on the lake. Many fishermen have landed the lanker of their lives. They will help with corporate trip bookings, youngsters on their first fishing trip, or individuals with special needs. 

Fishing for bass at Lake Okeechobee is available from the late fall until early in the spring. This is the time bass and crappie fishing are at their best. Large wild shiners and all types of artificial lures result in success. When you want a bass of a monster size, Lake Okeechobee is the place to fish.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for and She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.