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Updated: 07/23/2014 11:24:02AM

Gone fishin’

Big bass are biting now

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Mike Ingalls of Avon Park with his catch on Lake Placid.


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Good news for the fishermen looking to catch larger bass. Reports are that Lake Placid and Lake June are finally producing quality bass in the 7- to 9-pound range. Most of those fish are being caught in the mornings and early evenings. As the sun creeps up, start looking for the fish going to deeper water structure in the 18- to 25-foot depths. Look for either drop-offs or some type of grass in those depth ranges. Use Carolina or drop shot rigs, or 1/4-ounce and up shaky heads. Colors that are working best are green pumpkin, watermelon red, and June bug.

Lake Clay and Lake Francis are producing much better quality fish in the 3- to 4-pound range. Try fishing the shoreline in the early morning using water melon red, watermelon-colored flukes or a zara spook in shad pattern.

Lake Istokpoga is producing excellent quality bass, Most are being reported caught in the deeper water edges. Try swimming some type of frog style bait in the early morning and as the sun gets up start flipping either a creature bait or jig in the lily pads or buggy whips.

Spec reports will continue in the winter.

For fishing and tournament information contact Performance Marine Bait & Tackle Shop at 863-465-2814 or visit 1130 U.S. 27 North, Lake Placid. Send us your fishing information and catch photos and we’ll share your bragging rights with fellow anglers. Just email us at and share who, what, when, where and how. We’ll do the rest.