Professional Angler and U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain on Lake Okeechobee, Florida.

 Guiding on Lake Okeechobee

 

Lake Okeechobee Professional Guide Service:

 

Professional Guide, Angie Douthit, when not traveling on Tour,

she is guiding anglers on the waters of Lake Okeechobee. World famous for the quality of the bass fishing, Okeechobee is an expanse  of water covering 735 square miles.  When most anglers see this small ocean for the first time, they are immediately notice that it all looks the same. Needless to say, that is not true in the case of the huge bass that ply the waters in search of golden shiners or other baits. The fish select certain areas of the lake, based on season and weather conditions. In order to have the trip of a lifetime, a professional guide can save you days of wandering around just looking for that secret area.

 

Angie loves the sport of bass fishing and even more, loves to help others to learn how much fun it can be. Whether its artificial lures or live-bait used, Angie will see to it that you have a great day on the water. Check out these happy clients.

 

 

Contact Information

Captain Angie Douthit's Telephone: 


Cell:
863-228-7263


E-mail Captain Angie here:

angie@southfloridabassfishing.com

 

 

 

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     East Texas Big Bass Lures

 

 

by Captain Angie Douthit

Check out Capt. Angie's monthly Lake Okeechobee fishing report in the "Tampa Tribune" and Coastal Angler (Central/Southern) area

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for November, 2017

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee has remained good.  The two most active bite times throughout the day have been early morning and later afternoon until dark during the month of October/first part of November. As the month of November continues, the water temperature continues to cool off which spurs the pre-spawn bite as the bass prepare to feed up before heading into the shallows to spawn.  When bass are in pre-spawn mode typically you can catch them on artificial lures ranging from hard top-water lures such as a devils horse or spook to slow rolling spinner baits to working a worm slowly across the bottom as well and crank baits.

 Areas to look for this for this bass activity will be on/around the North shore of the lake, areas such as the Monkey box; Horse Island; Indian Prairie; Tin House; 2nd point as well as areas on Kings Bar and Grassy.  Lure color choices for plastics can be:  red-shad, black-blue, watermelon-red, Okeechobee craw and June bug.  For hard baits can be: shad, brown or black w/chartreuse, crawdad and baby bass.   

Typically the month of October usually depicts the time to fish for open water schools of crappie (specks) catching them before they move into the shallows to spawn.  The weather pattern of October has not allowed the water temperature to cool off enough to spur a whole lot of activity but as the month of November continues and water temperature cools the bite will pick up and become somewhat consistent.  When fishing open-water for schools of crappie you can drift/or slow troll with live-small/medium size minnows or small jig heads rigged with your fav plastic lure such as a small tube/crawdad then top it off by adding a small live minnow or some anglers prefer to use road runners that are shad looking in color.   When I open water fish for crappie I use all three methods then downsizing to just one application depending on which presentation has the most activity.  Areas to look for crappie (specks) can be around the North- shore of the lake.

To book your next fun-filled and productive day(s) of bass and crappie fishing trip call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com .  Log on to www.southfloridabassfishing.com to read past fishing reports/patterns, gather more information about booking a trip, hotel recommendations, what to bring and what’s included with your trip.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power-pole; Gene Larew; Bobby Garland crappie lures; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gill; Navionics; Mega Strike; bullet weights; TTI Blakemore and Cenergy Co.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report

submitted by Capt. Angie for October, 2017

Bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee has been good lately with the best being early mornings and late afternoon until about dark (still safely run your boat).  The bream spawn is just about over but some still can be found around clumps of lilly pads using live crickets or red worms rigged on light spinning tackle. 

The morning and evening fishing offers a prime time to brush up on your top-water skills using a devils horse or zara spook or pop-r aiming for the holes in the grass/grass edges, spinner baits and swim baits have been working too.

 As the morning bite downs down and the sun starts to get a little higher, try slowing your presentation down but still fish the grass edges/holes using worms and senkos rigged with shaky heads or texas-style worked slowly and methodically.  I keep my flipping stick handy and ready to go to expound on the thicker grass clumps where it provides the most shade during the mid-afternoon timeframe.  I typically have it rigged with a creature-style lure like a Gene Larew hoo-daddy or crawdad. 

Keep your eyes and ears tuned for schoolies, which happens throughout various times of the day, typically they will bite just about anything that you have handy ranging from top water to a worm.  Throughout the course of the day it’s normal to experience a slow bite where it seems that no matter what you throw, how slow you fish, the bass just aren’t cooperating, just keep moving ahead and try throwing some lures that you haven’t thrown in a while like a jitterbug which offers bass something different. 

The best bite time of day is early morning and late afternoon until dark.  Color patterns for plastics are junebug, red shad, green-pumpkin and black/blue.  For shallow cranks stick with a shad or a bluegill or crawdad color depending on the water clarity and where you’re fishing.  Areas on the lake to try the next time you’re out on Okeechobee launching from the South is: dynamite holes located off of the rim canal; parts of east/west wall; around rita/kreamer island and parts of observation shoal. 

Launching from the north: parts of the monkey box/Dupree bar especially around dyes ditch and point/inside of horse island; parts of the north shore including 2nd and 1st point, the pass and a few areas on kings bar.     To book Capt. Angie call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridbassfishing.com Have further questions?  Log onto to the website at:  www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Discount rates apply to veterans and one-person trips and can accommodate group trips with multiple boats.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors include:  power-pole, lews, g-loomis, real magic, megastrike, bullet weights, navionics, gill and rapala.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for September, 2017

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Lake Okeechobee has been fishing good lately, with some rain; less water being released the current water level is just above 13 ft. and should continue to slower rise.  Boating safety/running for the most part is ok but there are still some areas on the lake that you must use extreme caution when taking off and coming off plane, when in doubt idle out enough to clear the hard rock bottoms areas and trim/jack your motor up higher than you normally would to keep from hitting your lower unit which can make the rest of your day not-so-good !  The bass bite has been good throughout a day of fishing but you can expect the normal bite pattern for this time of year which is early morning seems to be the most active  which can last until mid-morning or so, the afternoon bite is still there but fewer bites in-between (hottest temp part of the day) then can pick back up the latter part of the afternoon on into dark- thirty.  This pattern is very normal for fishing this time of year, there are days you’ll catch what I call fun fish (1-4 lbs) sometimes with the bigger ones mixed in with them, then there are times you’ll catch the bigger bass but not so many smaller ones.  It all depends on current weather, wind, active-non active feeding times and etc.  Areas around the lake that have been producing down south are: parts of Observation Island (shoal area); some areas around Uncle Joes and islands out from the ditch; parts of both the East/West wall; around Kreamer Island and some deeper water areas in the Canal from Clewiston to Belle Glade area (dynamite holes, ledges and etc).  The North end: areas close and around the Monkey box/Dyess ditch; some parts of the North shore; around Buckhead ridge and some parts of the bar.  On the East-side:  Some parts of J&S as well as Hendry creek areas both offshore and on the grass line.  Lures that have been producing have ranged from hard top water baits worked slowly down to the flipping/pitching technique.  Some crank bait bite is still producing as well as swim baits and big worms.  Stick with the basic colors such as: June bug; red bug; green-pumpkin; black/blue, shad and crawdad colors for crank baits.  The bream bite is still going on, catching them with live crickets or small red worms is the preferred choice, personally, I prefer using small red worms tipped with a small round split shot, small pegged bobber rigged on a  4-5 ft. ultra light spinning gear.  Fishing for bream offers a lot of quick, fun action that the whole family can enjoy so book your trip soon before the season is over until next year.  September is typically the month that I start scouting for crappie out in the lake.  Crappie fishing here on Okeechobee is year round but most people like to catch them when the lake is right and they are in numbers but fishing for Crappie in the Summer (off season) can be productive especially early mornings around the Kissimmee river bridge pilings and slow troll the river ledge with small minnows rigged deeper.  I am very comfortable fishing deep for Crappie during the off season, I just prefer fishing/catching them out in the lake.  Please don’t wait to book your next Speck trip until towards the end of the season, book your trip now.  The typical Crappie season here on Okeechobee is October-early to mid April which all depends on the weather leading up to and current weather for those months.  If you’ve never fished for Crappie before, no problem, I take first-timers out, customers who have fished years and everyone in-between.  You will learn a fun and productive way fishing for Specks, especially if you like to jig in shallow water, catching them on/around their beds with artificial lures.   To book your next fun-filled day of bass, crappie or bream fishing call 863-228-7263 or log onto my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com to see client pictures and their catches, hotel recommendations, acquire fishing license and etc.  I can accommodate groups trips, discounted rates apply to one-person and Military trips, please inquire at the time of booking.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors include:  Power-Pole, G-Loomis, Lews, Bullet weights, Navionics, Real Magic, Gill, Rapala, Gene Larew and Bobby Garland.

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for August, 2017

submitted by Capt Angie Douthit

 

Lake Okeechobee’s water level is slowly rising and is now just over 13ft.   The bass bite has remained somewhat steady with the most active feeding times being early mornings and later afternoon/towards dark.  The areas on the lake that has been active on the South end are:  Kreamer Island area; some parts around Rita Island, East/West wall, Uncle Joe’s and Islands just North of the ditch; some parts of Observation Shoal.  For the North end:  North shore/Dyess ditch area; some parts of Indian Prairie; 2nd and 3rd points and parts of the bar area.  On the East side: few parts of J&S and Hendry Creek area on the grass edge and open water.  Bass lures range from hard top water lures worked slowly, some crank bait, big worms, senkos, swim baits/jigs and flipping/pitching if you’re wanting to cover water quickly and effectively,  focusing on certain types of vegetation.  Lure colors can be: June bug, Red bug, green-pumpkin, black/blue and watermelon/red.  For the crank bait bite stick with the bream, shad and crawdad patterns.   Fishing for bream is still active on certain areas of the lake catching them on/around the beds in the shallows using live crickets or small red worms so book your next fun filled day of catching bream before the season ends soon.  The month of September is typically when I start scouting the lake for crappie typically catching them in the early morning hours and in deeper water around structure.  Crappie can be caught all year round (yes, even in the summer) here on Okeechobee especially in deeper water areas and around some kind of structure such as the Kissimmee river bridge pilings, river ledges, drop offs and if your fishing down south, in the canal near the dynamite holes and canal ledges using small live minnows rigged for fishing deeper.  If you’re wanting to fish for Specks please don’t wait to book your trip, people typically book way in advance to get their preferred days of fishing.  If you’ve never fished for Crappie (Specks) before don’t worry, I take first-timers, people who have fished all their lives and everyone in-between, the season is typically October-early/mid April.  During that time frame the Specks are in the shallow water in/around the beds and in the grass/cover.  It’s a blast fishing/catching them and most, if not all people love it, so plan your trip now.  Many people book a two-day trip so that they can experience Crappie fishing one day and big bass fishing (artificial lures and live-bait both) the other, it’s just tough to do both in one-days fishing.  I give discounts for one-person and military guide trips; please inquire when calling to book your trip with me.  I also can accommodate group trips and multiple days.  If you have any questions/concerns please go to my website:  www.southfloridabassfishing.com and you’ll see clients pics with their catches, hotel info, how to purchase your fishing license and etc.  I can be reached by calling 863-228-7263.   I gear each guide trip to the customer, so if you want to brush up on certain bass fishing skills/techniques we can discuss all your questions at that time.  My sponsors are:  Power-Pole, Gene Larew and Bobby Garland, Navionics, G-Loomis, Lews, Bullet weights, Real Magic, Mega Strike and Gill.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for May/June,  2017

by Capt. Angie Douthit

If you’re fishing for bass/ bream on the big O has been a little tricky lately with the low water levels but a handful of places are still accessible and are catching both bass and bream in/around the Monkey box area(s); parts of the Observation Shoal area; parts of Dupree bar and the North shore.  Also some parts of Kings bar and around the J & S area.  If you’re fishing the lake always be conscious of coming off plain, some places you’ll have to idle out a ways before getting on plain.  The Kissimmee river is fishing quite well for both bass, bream and crappie (down deep with small minnows).  For the bass bite a combo of lures is working such as a mid-runner depth crank bait; some top water early in the mornings; senkos; c-rig’s worked up some ledges/drop-offs; big worms and jigs.  For the bream bite, try an ultra-light spinning rig tipped with a small bobber, small split shot weight and hook tipped with a red worm and just work the edges of the river.  You’ll also come across some shell crackers as some have moved in and you’ll catch a few mixed in with the bluegill.  Bream fishing provides fun and fast action that the entire family can enjoy.  Bass lure colors for plastics are: June bug; black-blue; watermelon/red; green-pumpkin; red shad and okeechobee craw.  For crank baits and top water keep with the shad color and bream color patterns.  For areas to try on the south-end such as Belle Glade area can be: Areas around Norman’s Channel;  points of Kreamer and Rita Island especially the ditches that run into these points; some areas of East/West wall and islands leading out from the Clewiston lock and around the channel markers. To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing on Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie Douthit 863-228-7263 or check out the website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com  find her on Face book at Angie Douthit.  Angie’s sponsors include:  Power-Pole; G-Loomis; Lews; Rapala; bullet weights; Gene Larew soft plastics; Gill; Real Magic and Navionics.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for April, 2017

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

The month of April typically marks the end of the crappie bite fishing out on the lake but for you hard-core “speck” anglers try jigging with small minnows or small tub-like plastic lures tipped with a jig head early in the morning around the Kissimmee river bridge pilings and/or slow-trolling along the river’s edge can produce bites.  Down South, you have the main lake cuts that drop-off into some deep holes around the South Bay/Belle Glade areas.  For the bass anglers, late-spawn bass are still being caught but please use extreme caution,  a  lot of boat trails we all used not long ago are now not usable and boat friendly so please use extreme caution !!  Much of the current bass fishing is for post-spawn which can mean a wide array of artificial lures can be used ranging from hard top-water lures such as a devils horse to the flipping/pitching technique.  Now can be a good time to sharpen those fishing skills  by learning the latest/newest techniques such as walk’n the dog (topwater), skimming the bottom with a slow-rolling spinner bait or working a worm slowly across the bottom as you feel every bump along the way.  Most successful days recently have been using a variety of lures such as top water, spinner baits, senkos/worms, c-rig used in certain areas of the lake and flipping/pitching creature-style lures early in the morning and late-afternoon to sunset timeframe.  Bream fishing  has started on certain areas of the lake and provides some quick/fun action and is especially popular among Children and can easily go home with a cooler full in a short amount of fishing time provided that you find the right spawning areas.   Some areas to try for bass/bream can be the Harney Pond area and Horse Island areas and some parts of Observation Shoal.  Down South try around both Rita and Kreamer and both East/West wall areas.  On the North end try around the Kissimmee River, Hendry Creek and parts of Kings Bar.   Plastic lure colors for bass can be June bug; Watermelon/Red; Pumpkin/Pepper; Watermelon Seed; Red-Shad and Black/Blue.  To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or log onto www.southfloridabassfishing.com to see more information on booking your trip, hotel info, current customer pics and their catches, fishing license and etc.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors include:  Power-Pole; Gene Larew; Lews; G-Loomis; Navionics; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Gill and Rapala.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for March, 2017

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Lake Okeechobee is fishing very healthy, with each coming full/new moon phase brings in another wave of both bass and crappie wanting to spawn in the shallows but the crappie spawn is nearing the end for the season so if you haven’t booked your guided crappie trip now is the time to do it.  The bass spawn is still going on but typically starts narrowing down in April so book your next fun-filled, productive day on the water with Capt. Angie.  Areas n the lake that are producing bass bites are the North shore area which includes the Monkey box and Dupree bar as well as Dyess Ditch and point of Horse Island.  Areas closer to Okeechobee are Tin house, 1st and 2nd points and parts of Kings bar.  On the east-side around Hendry Creek and some areas around J & S.  For the most part a mixture of various lures for bass have been working such as some spinner bait and rattle trap, hard top water lures worked slowly, worms/Senkos to the flipping/pitching bite.  Plastic lure colors are junebug, red shad, watermelon/red, black/blue, bluegill and shad patterns for cranking.  The weather pattern has been pretty much all over the board bringing a mixed-bag ranging from low/mid 80 temps for a high and cooler early morning temps dipping down to the low 40’s, wind, sun, clouds and everything in-between which typically causes the bite to be in spurts.  Some days the bite is slower but pretty much steady all day, then other days, they will bite in spurts and others, very slow but the bites produce bigger bass. The offshore crappie bite, drifting/trolling with minnows is over for the season but you can still jig up some in a few parts of the lake using small artificial lures tipped on small jig heads or look for some bigger open hole areas in the grass where small minnows can be used without too much grass hang ups.  To book your fun-filled, productive day crappie or bass fishing on beautiful Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or log onto www.southfloridabassfishing.com to gather all the info you’ll need to book your trip, view the latest customer catch pics and other pertinent information.    Angie’s Sponsors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Navionics; Rapala and Gill.

 

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for Feb., 2017

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Bass and crappie fishing since early-mid December has been on the upswing and continues to remain pretty steady.  Some days, the bites come in spurts catching both quality/quality bites, other days it’s pretty steady all day with catching the quantity and other times the bite can be slower but the quality is bigger.  All in all the lake is fishing very healthy.  As with each coming full/new moon phase both bass and crappie will move in to the shallows to spawn and will continue throughout the winter months and early spring time.  In fact, April (early/mid) offered some of the biggest crappie of the season but a lot of it depends on the weather.   For those of you who do not know, new fishing regulations for the State of Florida have been in effect since July, 2016 so please know these rules if you are going to keep bass and crappie to eat.  Random boat checking at the ramps for fishing licenses and keeping within the size/quantity amount have been ongoing.  It is not worth the fine so please adhere to the FWC regulations by honoring these limits !!  I’m often asked by customers, “When is the best time to fish the big O for big bass”?  It isn’t just a simple answer but bass fishing here on Lake Okeechobee during the winter months can be a key time to increase your chances of landing that big bass, but at the same time, Mother-Nature can bring cold weather to south Florida, shutting down the bite until they become acclimated and the cold-front has passed.  So the best answer is two-fold, keep checking the weather leading up to your planned time of fishing and try and gear it towards the full/new moon phases.  This will be your best odds for landing that big bass of your dreams !  As for the crappie bite, the colder temperatures will not affect them nearly as much as with the bass, in fact, the bite can be more aggressive.  The entire North-shore of Lake Okeechobee is great fishing, starting from Turners Cove area all the way up to Buckhead Ridge, which is an expansive area to fish.  Please allow each boater, especially those of us making a living some space and be respectful of others while out on the water.  This will give us all the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day on the water.  Areas to try launching on the South-End can be: parts of Kreamer/Rita Islands; Tree-house area;  East-wall and parts of Observation Shoal.  Launching/fishing from the North-End:  Horney pond/Dyess ditch parts of Kings Bar; around Henry Creek and parts of J&S.  Color patterns for soft plastics for bass can be watermelon-red, redbug, junebug, black/blue and green-pumpkin/gold flake.  White/Chartreuse skirt gold double-willow leaf spinner bait, hard top water lures worked slowly will produce such as a devils horse and zara spook, the flipping/pitching bite has been producing using creature-style lures and swim jigs/swim baits/chatter baits.  While in Okeechobee, be sure to stop by the Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters store, they have the largest selection of lures on hand they also have live-bait (shiners/minnows) available; clothing, rods/reels and boating accessories.  To book your fun-filled, productive day crappie or bass fishing on beautiful Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or log onto www.southfloridabassfishing.com  which contains information ranging from the latest customer pics, hotel accommodations to obtaining a fishing license.  Angie’s Sponsors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Navionics; Rapala and Gill marine wear.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for Jan., 2017

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

Bass and crappie fishing since early-mid December has been on the upswing mainly due to the cooler air temps coming from the North, cooling down the water temperature for the bass/crappie spawn which will continue with each coming month, focusing on/around both the new/full moon phases, lasting through the late Springtime.  In fact, April of last year (early/mid) offered some of the biggest crappie of the season.   For those of you who do not know, new fishing regulations for the State of Florida have been in effect since July, 2016 so please know these rules if you are going to keep bass and crappie to eat.  Random boat checking at the ramps for fishing licenses and keeping within the size/quantity amount have been ongoing.  It is not worth the fine so please adhere to the FWC regulations by honoring these limits !!  I’m often asked by customers, “When is the best time to fish the big O for big bass”?  It isn’t just a simple answer but bass fishing here on Lake Okeechobee during the winter months can be a key time to increase your chances of landing that big bass, but at the same time, Mother-Nature can bring cold weather to south Florida, shutting down the bite until they become acclimated and the cold-front has passed.  So the best answer is two-fold, keep checking the weather leading up to your planned time of fishing and try and gear it towards the full/new moon phases.  This will be your best odds for landing that big bass of your dreams !  As for the crappie bite, the colder temperatures will not affect them nearly as much as with the bass, in fact, the bite can be more aggressive.  The entire North-shore of Lake Okeechobee is great fishing, starting from Turners Cove area all the way up to Buckhead Ridge, which is an expansive area to fish.  Please allow each boater, especially those of us making a living some space and be respectful of others while out on the water.  This will give us all the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day on the water.  Areas to try launching on the South-End can be: parts of Kreamer/Rita Islands; Tree-house area;  East-wall and parts of Observation Shoal.  Launching/fishing from the North-End:  Horney pond/Dyess ditch parts of Kings Bar; around Henry Creek and parts of J&S.  Color patterns for soft plastics for bass can be watermelon-red, redbug, junebug, black/blue and green-pumpkin/gold flake.  White/Chartreuse skirt gold double-willow leaf spinner bait, hard top water lures worked slowly will produce such as a devils horse and zara spook, the flipping/pitching bite has been producing using creature-style lures and swim jigs/swim baits/chatter baits.  While in Okeechobee, be sure to stop by the Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters store, they have the largest selection of lures on hand they also have live-bait (shiners/minnows) available; clothing, rods/reels and boating accessories.  To book your fun-filled, productive day crappie or bass fishing on beautiful Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or log onto www.southfloridabassfishing.com  which contains information ranging from the latest customer pics, hotel accommodations to obtaining a fishing license.  Angie’s Sponsors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Navionics; Rapala and Gill marine wear.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for December, 2016

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

The water temperature is cooling down and both the bass and crappie bite is more consistent.   The live-bait bite has been somewhat better lately vs. artificial lures but you just can’t beat the exciting explosion of the water when the big ones hit that top water lure !  A lot of my guide trips consist of live-bait then finishing the time on the water throwing lures which gives my guide clients experience of doing both.  Some of the bigger bass have been caught flipping/pitching, covering water fishing isolated vegetation and heavier vegetation with some mixed variation of grasses together.  The swim bait and spinner bait bite has been good as well as a big worm thrown at main lake points, grass edges/pockets.   There are days that we catch the quantity of bass mixed in with some bigger ones, then we’ll have days that there are lesser bites but all good sized ones, so you just never know what the day will bring.   Lures to try for bass can be:   Top-water baits such as a spook, pop-r or devils horse thrown on grass points, pockets and holes in the grass and as you work your way through and around areas keep your flipping/pitching stick handy and keep your eyes open for isolated grass clumps or matted-up vegetation so that you can  flip/pitch your favorite creature-style lure or senko into these key spots.  Also, I’ve been having some luck with a shallow running crank bait in/around the same areas, picking my spots as I go along.  Areas to try on the South-end are: around/in Rita/Kreamer Islands; some spots in the West/East wall areas; parts of the Shoal/Dupree bar/Monkey box as well as the point of Horse Island and Dyess ditch.  On the North-end: some areas of Kings bar; 1st-3rd point; areas around Henry Creek and some spots down around J&S.  Color patterns for plastics that have been working are: red-shad; watermelon-red; black/blue; green-pumpkin/gold flake and for hard baits try chartreuse; crawdad; shad and bluegill.  To book your fun-filled, productive day crappie or bass fishing on beautiful Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com.  While visiting the website you’ll find pictures of some of my customers catches, what to bring, hotel accommodations and etc.  Angie’s Sponsors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis rods; Lews reels; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Navionics; Rapala and Gill.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for November, 2016

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

The water temperature is cooling down, the first wave of crappie are moving into some parts of the grass areas of the lake to spawn.  Once this first wave is done spawning, another wave of crappie will be waiting to move in right behind the first one, this continuum wave will continue with each coming full/new moon phase during the winter/early spring months but don’t delay in booking your crappie trip, book your date now !!  Whether you are an avid crappie angler or someone who always wanted to learn how to fish/jig for crappie, now is the time to book your fun-filled day on the water!  All you’ll need to bring is a big cooler to take your catch home.  The bass bite has been good, with some days giving up the quantity, catching them in numbers, other days the bite has been slower but seeing the quality size.  With cooler water temperatures in the morning hours you can catch them in heavier vegetation areas throwing a swim jigs, frogs or swim baits across the top of the water or dropping a creature-style lure or senko dropped in the holes in the thicker vegetation areas.  As the sun warms up the water, they will start to move and feed.  Top-water baits such as a spook, pop-r or devils horse thrown on grass points, pockets and holes in the grass can be effective in calling up the big girls, but this takes patience.  Keep your eyes open for isolated grass clumps or matted-up vegetation areas so that you can flip/pitch into these key areas using a creature-style lure or senkos.   Some spinner bait fish can be caught as well as a shallow-running crank bait sticking with a shad, crawdad or chartreuse color-pattern. Areas to try on the South-end are: around/in Rita/Kreamer Islands; some spots in the West/East wall areas; parts of the Shoal/Dupree bar/Monkey box as well as the point of Horse Island and Dyess ditch.  On the North-end: some areas of Kings bar; 1st-3rd point; areas around Henry Creek and some spots down around J&S.  Color patterns that have been working are: red-shad; watermelon-red; black/blue; crawdad pattern.  To book your fun-filled, productive day crappie or bass fishing on beautiful Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com to view the latest customer catch pics and other pertinent information to book your trip of a lifetime !  Angie’s Sponsors are: Power-Pole; G-Loomis rods; Lews; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Real Magic; Navionics; Rapala; Picasso Lures and Gill.   DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR ONE-PERSON TRIPS AND VETERANS !!

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for October, 2016

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

Bass fishing on the big O has remained pretty much steady, with some days catching the quantities with a bigger kicker bass mixed in and other days, fewer bites but bigger quality ones, the kind that people come to Expect fishing Lake Okeechobee.  A few areas of the lake still have some bream on/around the beds….just look for some lilly pads with some other cover close by. 

For bass fishing, depending on the area(s) your fishing, I’ve had a lot of success throwing a shallow running crank bait in the nearby more open/scattered grass areas; flipping/pitching a senko or creature-style lure into the isolated or thicker areas and during the early morning timeframe I would mix it up by using a swim bait, frog and swim jig either in bluegill type pattern colors or shad.  If you can find some running water, try a spinner bait; swim bait; swim jig and a worm.  Typically, this time of year is a transitional time of year to fish the big O, which means there are a lot of bass still offshore and are some in the shallows feeding on the final bedding bream.  Areas to look for when offshore can be isolated grass patches; rock; deep holes; inside/outside canal’s of the lake and the Kissimmee River.  Areas to try can be Uncle Joe’s and off of both sides which has a great harder bottom and spoil islands out from Joe’s in open water; some parts of Observation Shoal/Island area; 4th pole; points of Rita/Kreamer; entrance into Monkey box; some parts of Dyess ditch/horse/Dupree bar areas; 3rd and 2nd point; Nub and Slough (running water) and Buck head ridge area (some running water).  Plastic lure colors can be a crawdad, shad and blue gill type pattern such as a june bug or x-mas color.  

To book your next fun-filled, productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or log onto www.southfloridabassfishing.com or send me an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com. Angie’s Sponsors include:  G-Loomis rods; Lew’s reels; Gill marine wear; bullet weights; real magic; Navionics and Gene Larew lures.

 

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for September, 2016

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

The month of September brings fun fishing for bass and some bream can still be found on/around beds in the shallows.   Several productive techniques have been working well such as hard top water lures like a devils horse (shad pattern color) and Zara spook (baby bass color); Gene Larew 13”inch El Salto worms (black/blue and red shad); senkos (watermelon and junebug); flipping/pitching reeds and clumps of grass mixed in with other types of vegetation such as flat reeds and Kissimmee grass with creature-style lures such as: Gene Larew’s hawg craw and hoo-daddy’s in colors junebug and green-pumpkin.  Some spinner baits and rattle traps work well when they come up schooling which provides some exciting and quick action.  Fishing in September can offer some great pre-spawn opportunities as the bass are feeding up before moving in to the shallows and the weather starts to cool off offering a reprieve from the heat and intense sun.  Areas to try if you’re launching on the South-end are:  Kreamer Island and the ditch that runs in and behind it; Long-point; parts of Rita Island, football field and East wall. Areas around Uncle Joes and the islands out in open water just north of Uncle Joes and the blue hole area.   Don’t forget the rim canal.  There are some really good places to fish in the rim ditch starting in Clewiston and continuing all the way around and past the tree house area of Belle Glade as you make your way to Pahokee.  From the Clewiston lock all the way up to Sportsman Channel can be real good, fishing along the rock edges, points, humps and you may find some current as well.  Areas on the North-end to try are: Monkey box and Dupree bar; areas around Harney pond/Dyess ditch; Tin house; 2nd point and a few spots on King’s bar and J&S. 

To book Capt. Angie for your next fun and exciting day on the water fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridbassfishing.com.  Discount available for one-person trips.  Be sure to check out the website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Angie’s Sponsors include:  Power-Pole; Gene Larew; G-Loomis; Lew’s; Real Magic; bullet weights; Navionics; Picasso lures and Gill.

 

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for August, 2016

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee has been pretty good despite the hot weather and very warm water temperature.  Winning weights fishing local tournaments here on the big O have been as high as 30 lbs + for a five fish limit and 19 lb’s for a three fish limit !!  The bream bite is still on and provides some fun fishing for the whole Family to enjoy.  Small red worms and crickets can be used rigged on an ultra light pole with a small bobber, hook and split shot weight.  When fishing for bass this time of year on the big O, you have a multitude of ways to catch them ranging from just flipping/pitching if you want to cover a lot of water quickly and thoroughly to deeper water slower-style fishing using big worms and senkos.  The majority of the bass that I have been catching with my guide trips has been following the shad pattern first thing in the morning then switching up a little keying in on the bream beds in the afternoon.  Early in the morning, try using a Houdini or shad colored swim bait or a june bug or white colored horny toad thrown just inside the grass edge and worked all the way out and past the edge.  A hard top water lure worked very slowly along the grass edges and pockets has been producing some quality bites as well.  The early morning bite is essential.  As the day continues and sun gets intense with increasing heat, I’ve found that flipping/pitching into isolated reed clumps; grass clumps has been producing the bigger bites.  Other lures that have produced are: senkos; creature-style lures; big worms and crank baits.  Areas to try if you’re fishing on the East-side of the lake are: J&S area and Hendry creek.  On the South-end: Clewiston channel; points of Kreamer/Rita Island; parts of East/West wall; Norman’s Channel and parts of Observation Shoal and Dupree bar.  On the North-end: Spots around Harney pond/Dyess ditch; point of Horse Island and some spots along the entire North shore.  If launching from the Kissimmee River try; parts of Kings’s bar and buck head ridge pole down to and past Tin house area.    To book Capt. Angie for your next fun and exciting day on the water fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridbassfishing.com.  Discount available for multiple days and one-person trips.  Be sure to check out the website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Angie’s Sponsors include:  Power-Pole; Gene Larew; G-Loomis; Lew’s; Real Magic; bullet weights; Navionics; Picasso lures and Gill.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report forJune, 2016

by Capt. Angie Douthit

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for June, 2016 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

If you’re fishing for bream on the big O you’re able to find the beds ranging from 2-4 ft. water depth.  Some bream beds I have found in deeper water though around the 5 ft. depth range.  Locating the shell bars is the key.  Rig your live crickets and/or small red worms on ultra light tackle and enjoy a fun-filled day on the water that the entire Family can enjoy.  If fishing for bass is your preference, a good starting point would be keying in on the same water depth as if you were looking for bream beds.  The lure preference has been a mixed-bag ranging from the exciting top water bite down to the open-water finesse-style fishing technique.  Bass lure colors for plastics are: June bug; black-blue; watermelon/red; green-pumpkin; red shad and okeechobee craw.   For areas to try on the south-end can be:  points/west sides of Kreamer/Rita Islands and canal leading into Rita Island (nw corner); fishing around the rocks of Norman’s Channel; Grassy; some areas of East/West wall and islands leading out from the Clewiston lock and around the channel markers (always a good area to catch bream); around uncle Joe’s cut and nearby areas; parts of Dupree bar/Observation Shoal; mouth of monkey box/Dyess ditch; point of Tin house/Horse island; 2nd point/buck head ridge and parts of King’s bar, Hendry creek and J&S.    To book your next fun-filled and productive day fishing on Lake Okeechobee call Capt. Angie Douthit 863-228-7263 or check out the website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com   find her on Face book at Angie Douthit.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for May, 2016

by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

The bass bite has picked up and is providing for some fun/exciting days fishing Lake Okeechobee.  The bream have moved into the shallows on certain parts of the big O which has been the key to the more successful bass fishing days but deeper water areas still have been producing some good bites as well as they feed on the shad.  Artificial lures to use have been ranging from hard/soft top water lures first thing in the mornings; swim baits/swim jigs pretty much all-day; senkos and flipping/pitching.  For those of you who have been waiting for the bream bite….now is the time to book your guided trip.  It’s fun for the kids and provides a tasty meal for the Family.  When fishing for the bream, you can use either small red worms or live-crickets rigged on ultra-light spinning gear tipped with a small bobber, hook and split-shot sinker.  Children love this style of fishing and keeps them engaged !  Areas to try the next time you’re out on the big O for both bass and bream are:  on the South-end: around Kreamer Island; fishing along the rocks going out of Norman’s Channel and the Tree house area(s); some areas of the East/West-side of Rita Island; parts of the East Wall; the rocks along the edge of Uncle Joe’s ditch that runs out into the lake and parts of Observation Shoal and Dupree Bar.  Fishing from the North-end have been parts of the North Shore; Kings Bar; 4th point; parts of J&S and Hendry Creek area(s).  To book Capt. Angie for your fun-filled day of fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com Have more questions regarding a fishing trip?  Check out my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com Angie’s sponsors include:  Power-Pole; Gill; G-Loomis; Lews; Gene Larew soft plastics and Bobby Garland crappie lures; Bullet weights; Navionics; Picasso; Rapala and Real Magic.  Offering discounted rates for one-person guided trips.  Offering discounted rates for multiple days booked guided trips.  Inquiry when calling to book your trip !!

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for April, 2016

by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

The bass bite has picked up and is providing for some fun/exciting days fishing Lake Okeechobee.  The bream have moved into the shallows on certain parts of the big O which has been the key to the more successful bass fishing days but deeper water areas still have been producing some good bites as well as they feed on the shad.  Artificial lures to use have been ranging from hard/soft top water lures first thing in the mornings; swim baits/swim jigs pretty much all-day; senkos and flipping/pitching.  As of the first week of April, the crappie bite is still going on.  Had a 2-person guided trip April 3rd and my customers went home with their limit and caught some really nice sized ones mixed in, strictly jigging with artificial lures.  If you’re interested in fishing for bream, now is the time to book your trip.  Some of areas of the lake, the bream have already moved in and are on the beds.  Bream can be caught using small red worms or live crickets on ultra-light spinning gear tipped with a small bobber, hook and split-shot sinker.  This is a good time to introduce Children to fishing.  The constant action of catching bream keeps them engaged and provides a great-tasting fish meal for the whole Family to enjoy.  Areas to try the next time you’re out on the big O are on the South-end: around Kreamer Island; fishing along the rocks going out of Norman’s Channel and the Tree house area(s); some areas of the East/West-side of Rita Island; parts of the East Wall; the rocks along the edge of Uncle Joe’s ditch that runs out into the lake and parts of Observation Shoal and Dupree Bar.  Fishing from the North-end have been parts of the North Shore; Kings Bar; 4th point; parts of J&S and Hendry Creek area(s).

 

 To book Capt. Angie for your fun-filled day of fishing Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com Have more questions regarding a fishing trip?  Check out my website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com Angie’s sponsors include:  Power-Pole; Gill; G-Loomis; Lews; Gene Larew soft plastics and Bobby Garland crappie lures; Bullet weights; Navionics; Picasso; Rapala and Real Magic.  Offering discounted rates for one-person guided trips.  Offering discounted rates for multiple days booked guided trips.  Inquiry when calling to book your trip !!

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for

Jan., 2016 written/submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Fishing the big O for bass has been a little tough lately dealing with the weather being all over the board but day in and day out; the bite has been pretty good.  The crappie bite has been on fire and now is the time to book your trip here on the big O.  If you’ve never experienced crappie fishing on Lake Okeechobee, now is the time to book your trip, it’s a fun time on the water and it’s the best eating fish the lake has to offer.  My guide parties have been limiting out and landing some really nice size ones as well jigging with artificial lures in the grass/grass edges.  Places to try for both bass and crappie on the big O launching from the South-end are: point of Kreamer Island/parts of Pelican bay and Norman’s channel; long-point; east/west side of Rita Island; bay-bottom; coot bay; rose garden and parts of Observation Shoal.  Areas to try launching from the North-end, ranging from Okeetantie to Harney Pond are: first pole down to tin house; parts of Horse Island; Dyess ditch area; Monkey box/Dupree Bar area; some parts of king’s bar; Hendry creek/ J&S areas.  To book your next fun-filled, productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee for bass/crappie contact Capt. Angie Douthit at 863-228-7263 or by email at angie @southfloridabassfishing.com.  Have questions or need more info before booking your trip:  Just log onto my website at  www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s sponsors are:  Power-Pole; Gene Larew; Rapala;  Navionics; G-Loomis rods; Lew’s reels; Gill marine wear; Picasso weights and Real Magic.

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report,

written/submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, December, 2015

Fishing on the big O for both bass and crappie has been on a definite upswing. The first wave of crappie have moved in and are biting.  Areas to try are: parts of the north shore; harney Pond canal area; and around the Monkey box (outer grass islands).  Bass fishing has been real good around areas of Buck head ridge down to 3rd point; some in Eagle bay and King’s bar and north shore areas.  On the east-side try parts of J&S and Henry Creek area.  Some open-water bass fishing is still producing some good quality bites using spinner baits, top water and plastics.   Swim baits and frogs has been working well in/around the thicker grass vegetation areas.    Lures to try for bass can be:  top-water lures such as a devils horse or spook; spinner baits ripped through the grass; flipping/pitching creature-style lures senkos/worms along the outside grass edges and open-holes and pockets. To book your next fun-filled, exciting and productive day on the water fishing Lake Okeechobee, contact Capt Angie Douthit at 863-228-7263 or by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com   Need more information or have questions?  Go to www.southfloridabassfishing.com    Angie’s sponsors are: Power-Pole; Gene Larew; Real Magic;  Gill; Rapala and Navionics. 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report,

written/submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, November, 2015

Fishing on the big O for both bass and crappie has been ok.  Most crappie are being caught out in open water while they are schooling up but some can be caught very early in the mornings in the grass but the bite gets tougher as the sun get higher.  Give them until mid December and they should be in full swing.  Typically, for this time of year, some crappie and bass have already moved in to spawn but due to unusually warm temperatures, the water temp has remained high for at least of the month of November, which puts everything behind about a month.  I look for the latter part of November and the entire month of December to be the “start” of the main spawn for both which will bring better, more consistent days of fishing.    Areas to try launching from the South are:  outside edge of West/East wall; west side of Rita; parts of bare beach; tip of Kreamer Island; parts of the Shoal, Monkey box and Dupree bar.  Areas launching from the North end are: Main points of the North shore area; some areas around Tin house; 2nd/3rd point and Bulkhead ridge pole area; parts of Kings Bar and Grassy; Hendry creek and J&S areas.  To book your next fun-filled, exciting and productive day on the water fishing Lake Okeechobee, contact Capt Angie Douthit at 863-228-7263 or by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com   Need more information or have questions?  Go to www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Discounts available for both one-person trips and multiple days.  Angie’s sponsors are: Power-Pole; Gene Larew; Real Magic; Bullet weights; Gill; Rapala and Navionics.   

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, August, 2015

 

"Bass fishing on lake Okeechobee has been giving up some really good days of fishing catching both quantity and quality size bass with artificial lures.  A multitude of lures have been producing such as plastic frogs and swim baits in thicker vegetation areas such Lilly pads offer some very exciting and fun action, hard top water lures such as a Devils horse or spook along grass edges and pockets in/around grass will work.  The flipping bite has been good as well as big worms and senkos.

Places to try have been the Northshore; some areas of Rita/Kreamer Island and parts of the Shoal.  Kings bar and some parts of J&S.

To book Capt Angie for your next fun-filled , productive day on the water  call 863-228-7263 or visit www.southfloridabassfishing.com for more guide trip information".www.southfloridabassfishing.com

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report

 submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, July, 2015

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee has been pretty much a steady bite fishing for both bass and bream.  With the Summer time weather pattern of rainfall, the lake level has remained around the 12.30 ft above sea level mark but use extreme caution when operating your boat as a lot of areas of the lake have a rock bottom.  Areas to fish for pan fish on the South end are: Twin palms; Long point; point of Rita; Uncle Joe’s; parts of Observation Shoal, Dupree bar, Monkey box and Dyess ditch.  Bait of choice are crickets and red worms rigged on ultra light tackle with a small split shot weight, size #2 hook and small bobber.  Areas for bass on the South end are around the same areas as for the bream.  Lures for bass to try are: frogs; swim baits; big worms and senkos, creature-style flipping baits; hard top water lures and some spinner bait.  Areas on the North-end to fish for bream are: Kings bar (around the pass area); 3rd point;  J&S and Hendry Creek.  Crappie can still be caught fishing in the Kissimmee River around the 11-12ft depth range with small minnows.  For a fun-filled, productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee, contact Capt. Angie at 863-228-7263 or angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or by visiting her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Discounts available, please inquiry when booking your fishing trip.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala, Power Pole, Navionics, G-Loomis and Lew’s.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, June, 2015

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee for bass and bream during the month of May has given up some really fun and exciting days on the water for the entire family to enjoy.  Kids love to fish and keeping active while out on the water and what better way to enjoy the day by catching bream.  They are wonderful to eat and are so exciting to catch using ultra-light spinning gear. If you prefer to forego the bream and stick with bass fishing, the bite has been very steady, catching both quantity and quality size bass.  The excitement of bass hitting on top water lures is always fun and provides lots of laughs and great fish stories.  This is the time of year that artificial lures offers anglers a multitude of ways of catch bass ranging from top water down to flipping/pitching creature-style lures.  Whether you’re a bit rusty using a certain technique like flipping/pitching or perhaps wanting to learn how-to “walk-the-dog” or perhaps wanting to gain some up-to-date pointers and how-to’s, now is a great time of year to do so. Yes, it is possible to fish for both bream and bass when booking a full-day charter service guided by Capt. Angie, just inquiry when booking your trip.    Angie can be contacted by email, website or phone at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com ; www.southfloridabassfishing.com or 863-228-7263.  Discounts available June-Sept. Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala and Power Pole and Navionics.   

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit, May, 2015

Bream fishing here on Lake Okeechobee is in full swing, so dust off your ultra light poles, gather your tackle and catch some bream for the dinner table.  Areas to try for bream, launching from the North-end are Harney Pond/Dyess Ditch area; Horse Island; parts of Monkey box and Dupree Bar; parts of Tin house and 2nd and 3rd points.  On the South-end, around Kreamer Island; Long point; Rita Island and some parts of East/West wall as well as parts of the Shoal.  For bass fishing, look in the same general area(s).  Crickets and red worms work best for bream, rigged with a small split shot and hook and bobber if preferred.  Artificial lures that have been working for bass are top water; frogs; swim baits; senkos; jigs and some shallow running crank baits in bream or shad colors.  Colors to try for soft plastics are june bug; red shad; watermelon; watermelon red and black/blue.   Capt. Angie can be contacted by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or through her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com or by phone 863-228-7263.  Discounts available from June-September; one-person trips and multiple days.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala; Power Pole; Navionics; Lew’s and Gill.  

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit April, 2014

If you’re wanting to fish Lake Okeechobee for crappie, now is the time to book your guided fishing trip.    Yes, the crappie are still biting, but has almost come to a close for the season.  The bigger ones are being caught by jigging in/around thick mats, clumps of grass and grass edges of certain parts of the big O.  Typically April is a good time of year to start fishing for Bream which offers some exciting and fun time on the water for the whole Family to enjoy.  The bass fishing has remained really good despite the crazy weather of late fishing with live-bait and artificial lures.  When asked by clients “what is my favorite time of year to fish the big O” I tell them that the month of May has always been my favorite.  Why ?    Typically the weather is pretty much stable, with low wind, very minimal rain and we haven’t reached the hot summertime heat, bream are on the beds, most of the snow birds are gone and some late spawning bass can be caught.  If you like throwing hard top water lures for bass a great one to use is the East Texas Big Bass lure (similar to the Devil’s horse).  Nothing is more exciting than watching a big Ol’e bass crush a top water lure!  If it’s not top water I’m throwing next would be a big worm or a senko for example Gene Larew’s 13” El Salto worm and Mega Strikes 5” mega stick.  May is a great month to flip/pitch a jig…black/blue color works well.  A good frog and swim jig bite can be had as well.  In early mornings, working rattle trap and spinner bait along grass edges will work.  Soon we’ll be into the hot temperatures of the summer months, so book your trip soon.  Capt. Angie can be contacted by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or through her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com or by phone 863-228-7263.  Discounts available for both one-person trips and multiple days.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala and Power Pole and Navionics.    

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report for Jan., 2015

written/submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

December fishing on the big O was absolutely great, catching both quantity and quality bass and crappie.  The month of January and follow months thereafter should produce another great season for all to enjoy.  If you’ve never fished Lake Okeechobee now is the time to book your fun, educational and productive day on the water with Capt. Angie Douthit.  Every two weeks look for an up-to-date fishing report posted to my homepage for both bass and crappie.  www.southfloridabassfishing.com Look for daily picture postings with clients and their catches daily on my face book page at www.facebook.com/southfloridabassfishing

Bass fishing has producing quality bites throughout a few major different areas on the lake.  To better help you to determine the “hotter areas” it will help to be aware of your immediate surroundings such as what type or types of vegetation(s) are you fishing in; any minor change in water depth and etc.  It’s by paying attention to your immediate surroundings will help you to establish a pattern(s) therefore, leading to a better, more productive day on the water.

If you’re fishing on the south-end of the big O, places to try are:  parts of Pelican; long-point; east/west side of Rita Island; bay-bottom; coot bay; rose garden and parts of Observation Shoal.  If fishing from the North-end, launching out of Okeechobee, areas are: first pole down to tin house; parts of Horse Island; Dyess ditch; Monkey box; Dupree Bar; kings bar and J&S.  Crappie can be caught trolling open-water using live-minnows or beetle spins or jigging in thick grass-looking areas.   To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or check out her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com Capt. Angie offers discounted rates for one-person trips and can accommodate group trips.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala; Power Pole; Navionics; G-Loomis rods; Gill and Lews.     

 

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit October, 2014

Fishing for bass and crappie from the north-end of Lake Okeechobee is the place to be.  Crappie limits are out there to be caught as well as big bass.  The north-end is the place to fish and where both spawn first.  Artificial lures can be used for both bass and crappie if you’re wanting to cover water, open-water/grass edge slow trolling with minnows for crappie will work, for a more relaxing way of catching bass and help to increase your chances of landing that big one is with live-golden shiners.  Book your trip of a lifetime today with Capt. Angie.  Artificial lures that have been producing for bass are:  crank baits (medium depth runners); top water lures such as spooks/devil horses; worms/senkos and the flipping/pitching bite with creature-style lures.  Open water bass are being caught as well as on the edge of some grass edges and up in some areas of the lake in shallower water.  I’ve been catching my limit of crappie strictly fishing with a small tube rigged on a small round jig head.  Both open water and in the grass are areas to catch them.  Email or call Capt. Angie for your next fun filled, exciting and productive day fishing Lake Okeechobee.  Email: angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or  Website:  www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Phone: 863-228-7263.  Capt. Angie offers discounts for both one-person trips and multiple days guided trips.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala; Power Pole; Navionics; G-Loomis rods and Gill.     

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee submitted by

Capt. Angie Douthit October, 2014

 


Oct Crappie on Lake Okeechobee
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Angie's clients have been having a blast catching limits of huge crappie like these which were caught on October 21st, 2014, in open water on small tube jigs. They had limits three days in a row near Okeechobee on the North end of the lake. Looks like a great crappie season this fall. As you can see above the big bass are now starting to bite also and will only get better as the water cools off. See how to Book Angie for a trip now.

 

 

 

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee has remained somewhat steady despite the hot summertime temperatures.  Some days can be slower than others but bigger bass are still being caught flipping jigs and/or creature-style flipping baits such as Gene Larew’s Hoo-Daddy and Hawg Craw in colors junebug and black/blue.  Top water lures early in the morning thrown in grass pockets and along certain area-grass lines will produce both quantity and quality bites. Some open-water bass can be caught.  Others lures producing are: Senkos; frogs such as Lonnie Stanley’s Ribbit. The crappie bite typically starts in October but greatly depends on the month prior regarding water temperature, weather and etc.  If you’re wanting to book your crappie trip for the upcoming season, you need to get your trip on the books now.  It will be another great crappie season and a lot of happy clients taking home Okeechobee’s best easting fish in the Lake!  Areas to try for bass the next time you’re out on the big O on the South-end are: Some areas of Pelican bay; parts of Horse/Rita Island; certain areas of East wall and Observation Shoal.  On the North-end: Dyess Ditch some parts of the Monkey Box, North-shore, Kings Bar and the Kissimmee River.  Capt. Angie can be contacted by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or through her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com or by phone 863-228-7263.  Capt. Angie offers discounts for both one-person and multiple days guided trips.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala; Power Pole; Navionics; G-Loomis rods and Gill.     

Lake Okeechobee fishing report, September 2014

by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

Fishing Okeechobee during the summer offers Angler’s a multitude of ways to catch great quality bass.  Fishing shallow in the morning in and around the grass edges with swim baits, swim jigs, horny toads mixed with some hard top water lures thrown in the pockets and points of grass can generate some really fun top water action.  Taking your time by fishing every open hole and etc can be rewarded with a huge bass strike.  Keep your flipping/pitching rod handy to fish the isolated reed/grass clumps in-between these areas as you go along.  This style of fishing offers us the opportunity to keep in practice with a variety of techniques and it’s Fun for my guide Clients!!  .  When the sun reaches higher in the sky, try moving off into deeper water areas such as the rim ditch, canals and deeper water impressions out in the lake and slow down your fishing style by reaching for a finesse worm rigged with a smaller weight, concentrating on some isolated grass areas on the bottom.  This style of bass fishing requires patience but it can be very rewarding.   As with this time of year, please be cautious of the afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rains.  Catching bass when they’re biting well is wonderful but not worth the risk when you hear thunder and see lightning when you’re out on the water!!   Places to try:  point of Kreamer Island and Norman’s Channel area; long point; both sides of Rita Island; some places on the East/West wall; parts of the Shoal and North shore; King’s bar and J&S.  To contact Capt. Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

 

 

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report, August 2014

by Capt. Angie Douthit

The water level for Okeechobee has been rising since receiving rain from the rainy weather we have had recently.  It continues to rise and is now just over 14.4 ft. above sea level.  Fishing Okeechobee for both bream and bass has been nothing short of awesome lately.  Although you can still find bream bedding in the shallows especially around the full moon time of month, they are slowing way down and soon their spawn will be completely done.  If you’re out searching for bream, you can catch them using either crickets or red worms.  Areas to look for bream: Dyess Ditch; some areas around Dupree Bar and Monkey Box; point of Kreamer and Rita Islands and areas close; some parts of Observations Island (Shoal area).  If you’re fishing more towards the North-end of Okeechobee, you may want to try areas around 2nd, 3rd, 4th point; areas around Indian Prairie and parts of Kings Bar.  If you’re out on the big O looking to catch some bass, take a look at the same general areas as for the bream areas.  Lures to try the bass are: Big worms; Senkos; Swim baits; Horny Toads; Rattle Traps; Top water and some Spinner baits and don’t forget your Medlock jigs tipped with your favorite trailer.  Colors for plastics to try can be:  June bug, Redbug, Watermelon Red, Black w/Blue Flake.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  check out her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Have a group of people?  Not a problem, can accommodate with more than one boat if needed.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing report for July 2014

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

Despite South Florida’s typical weather pattern of almost daily afternoon showers and having to dodge some afternoon lightning and thunder at times, fishing on the big “O” has been very good catching both numbers and nice-size quality bass.  The bream bite is in full swing and is fishing great on certain areas of the lake.  Lures for bass to try are:  Senkos; frogs; swim baits, flipping/pitching creature-style lures and some hard top-water lures.  Bream fishing ?  Small red-wiggler worms and/or crickets work best, rigged on ultra-light spinning tackle provides a lot of fun.  Areas to try on the South-end are: tip of Kreamer Island; parts of Pelican Bay, Grassy, Rita Island and the Shoal.  On the North-end:  Monkey box area; Dyess Ditch, Horse/Bird Island; parts of Kings Bar and Tin house.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Lake Okeechobee, call  863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s Sponsors include:  Gene Larew soft plastics, Mega Strike, Real Magic, Bullet weights, Navionics and Rapala.

June, 2014 fishing report for Lake Okeechobee,

 by Capt. Angie Douthit of Okeechobee, Fla.

Both the bass and bream bite has been pretty steady with numbers and size.  I’m catching some big bluegills off the beds and at times mixed in with some shell crackers (red-ears) but for the most part the red-ears have been on the smaller size but as we ease into June and the few months to follow is when the bigger ones will be more prominent as they move in/out to spawn with the full/new moon phases.  Catching pan fish can be a lot of fun, it’s the time of year that you can brush off the dust on your ultra-light tackle/gear and head out to the big O and catch some good eating fish for dinner.  Bass fishing has been pretty steady despite the abnormal hotter temperatures for this time of year but then again, this whole season (weather-wise) has been all over the board but still, the big “O” still produces both big bass and the numbers for a very-productive day on the water.  This time of year, a multitude of successful ways of catching bass can range from finesse-style fishing to deep water crank baits in the canals and Kissimmee river, all depends on what works best for your style of fishing.  For your next fishing day out on the big “O” you may to have rigged up and ready are: Frogs; swim baits/swim jigs; top-water (soft/hard) body style; big worms; flipping style baits; shallow/deep running crank baits.  Contact Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee

by Capt. Angie Douthit, May 2014

Fishing in the month of May has always been one of my favorite months of the year to fish the big O for several reasons.  It offers bass anglers a variety of ways to catch them ranging from top water lures all the way down to finesse-style fishing and it marks the beginning of the bream bite catching them using ultra-light tackle rigged with a small red worm and/or crickets, making it a fun-family time to fish and experience Lake Okeechobee.  Areas to check for bass and bream are: North-shore area; King’s bar; 1st-4th point areas; Bird Island; parts of Observation Shoal; Kreamer and Rita Island areas and both East/West wall.  Lures for bass have been swim baits; worms; senkos; top water; frogs; flipping style baits and some spinner baits along the grass edges.  If you’re wanting to fish for both bass and bream when booking a full-day guide trip, that’s not a problem, we can fish for both.  I also give a discounted rate for one-person trips as well as multiple boat trips/days as well, just inquiry at the time of booking.  To contact Capt. Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

Fishing Lake Okeechobee submitted

by Capt. Angie Douthit April, 2014

If you’re wanting to fish Lake Okeechobee for crappie, now is the time to book your guided fishing trip.    Yes, the crappie are still biting, but has almost come to a close for the season.  The bigger ones are being caught by jigging in/around thick mats, clumps of grass and grass edges of certain parts of the big O.  Typically April is a good time of year to start fishing for Bream which offers some exciting and fun time on the water for the whole Family to enjoy.  The bass fishing has remained really good despite the crazy weather of late fishing with live-bait and artificial lures.  When asked by clients “what is my favorite time of year to fish the big O” I tell them that the month of May has always been my favorite and here are a few reasons why:  Typically the weather is pretty much stable.  We don’t normally have a whole lot of very windy days, it’s not real hot (temperature wise) like the summer months can be; the bream are bedding and some bass that are late spawners are still on/around the bed.  If you like throwing hard top water lures for bass a great one to use is the East Texas Big Bass lure (similar to the Devil’s horse).  Nothing is more exciting than watching a big Ol’e bass crush a top water lure!  If it’s not top water I’m throwing next would be a big worm or a senko for example Gene Larew’s 13” El Salto worm and Mega Strikes 5” mega stick.  May is a great month to flip/pitch a jig…black/blue color works well.  A good frog and swim jig bite can be had as well.  In early mornings, working rattle trap and spinner bait along grass edges will work.  Soon we’ll be into the hot temperatures of the summer months, so book your trip soon.  Capt. Angie can be contacted by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or through her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com or by phone 863-228-7263.  Discounts available for both one-person trips and multiple days.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala and Power Pole and Navionics

 

 

 

 

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