Recently Bass fishing on the middle Ocklawaha River has been fair, although the best bite has been limited to a couple of hours early and late in the day. Accordingly our most productive trips typically happen on very overcast days. Must be summertime.
Wild shiners fished as far as possible under cover (vegetation) has been the most productive, and remains to be your best bet for trophy sized Largemouths. One of the best locations in our region for fishing heavy cover is the Cypress Bayou/Rodman Reservoir area. Water lilies, cabbage, and hyacinths abound in this region and are a prime location for Largemouths, especially in the heat of the day.
When you are fishing on these hot summer days, and you find yourself seeking the shade, remember fish like shade too!
The Bass bite on the Ocklawaha River near Ocala has continued to improve over the past couple of weeks. We’ve caught our limit of “keeper” Largemouths on the last few trips, as well as several huge females fat with roe, and I expect the bite to improve as we approach the first spawn of 2012.
The St. Johns River Management officials are conducting a drawdown at the Rodman Reservoir. Expect extreme low water levels on the Ocklawaha River, from Lake Griffin to Rodman Dam, until the draw down is complete. As always exercise extreme caution when boating, especially during these low water conditions.
I expect the Largemouths to be in full spawn mode by our next full moon, around the 10th of January. Don’t miss the action.
Pictured below are a few examples of our most recent outings.
‘Til next time…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!