Although fishing on the Ocklawaha River is pretty good year around, it’s much better during the cooler months of the year, especially if you are after that Trophy Bass.

Recently the signs of the seasons changing have began to be more apparent every day. Leaves turning… then falling all over the yard, less mowing of the grass, and my favorite of all, the start of pre-season football!

Another favorite of mine is that the size and numbers of fish start to increase this time of year. Some of the best Bass fishing we’ve ever experienced was in Sept. “08 after Tropical Storm Faye came through our area.

Lately we’ve caught good numbers of fish, but only a few “big-uns”. I’ve seen lots of Shad and Mullett in both the Silver and Ocklawaha River over the past few months which is good news for our first spawn.

The Stripers are running on Lake George. I had a recent report that good numbers of them we’re being caught at the Croker Hole and the mouths of both Salt Run and Juniper Springs.

Keep in mind the best time to catch Striped Bass is at night which is also the best time for a thunderstorm.

Until next time…see you on the River!

Good Luck
Captain Nick

This Ocklawaha Fishing Report Is From Florida Fishing Guide & Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick Of Slick Charters

The Heat Is On .. and So Are The Bass

This Ocklawaha Fishing Report
From Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick

slick-charters-freshwater-glamour-shotTHE HEAT IS ON…AND SO ARE THE BASS

I’ve been fishing the Oklawaha River since 1982 and can’t remember the Bass fishing ever being so good in the months of June and July. 

Typically this time of year the bite slows for one reason or the other, but not this year.
Also, I’ve been getting reports of huge Specs (Crappie) being caught on Lake Lochloosa (Orange Lake).  Unheard of for this time of year.  Guess that just goes to show!
Expect the Stripers to start running up the spring fed runs off of Lake George soon. Best time to catch them is at night.  It is also the best time for a thunderstorm to develop, so BE CAREFUL!

Be Careful Out There

 This Ocklawaha Fishing Report
From Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick

slick-charters-freshwater-glamour-shotBe Careful Out There

We fished the Oklawaha River Saturday, 5/23, and man was it up.. About 2 feet from where it was a week ago!

The bite was slow, although we did manage a few small Bass, as well as one over four pounds.  I expect the fishing to greatly improve as soon as the level stabilizes…

Our hearts go out to the families involved in the Memorial Day weekend boating fatalities on Lake George.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to run from storms on that  Lake, especially this time of year. The location, as well as the size of Lake George (second largest lake in the state), make it a breeding ground for bad weather. It can go from slick-calm to 6 foot sea’s in a matter of minutes… 

The shame of it all is that boating “accidents” like these can be avoided. It’s never just one thing, but a series of poor decisions that puts people at risk.

Following basic safety rules and using a little common sense goes a long way.

Two of the easiest and most beneficial things one can do is, leave a float plan with someone ashore, and.
have someone monitor the local radar for approaching bad weather..My wife is an expert at this. She has saved us from a wet ass or worse many ,many times. 

 Again, a reminder to check on the homepage of for helpful links for forecasts and radars.

This Ocklawaha fishing report is from Captain Nick Bozman of Slick Charters

 Captain Nick’s Crystal River Fishing Report & Yankeetown Fishing Reports