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!
I’ve had several bass trips on the Ocklawaha River over the past couple of weeks, and fortunately we have been able to find the fish.
The water level between the dams at Moss Bluff (south of Ocala) and Rodman is very low, which means we now have to cover more territory to find the same numbers of fish than just a few months ago.
We’ve averaged about a dozen Bass per half day trip between 2 and 6 lbs. throughout October. Not great, but not bad considering.
We just missed our chance at getting some much needed rain from Hurricane Ida by about 100 miles, and now the dry season is on us. Oh well! Best thing I know to do about the weather is pray for it to improve.
FYI…several miles of the Ocklawaha River has been cleared. It is hard to say how long it will last, but presently the waters are fairly navigatable from Lake Griffin north to Gores Landing.