BIg Bass On The Bed

Gregory B. With An Ocklawaha Bass
Gregory B. With An Ocklawaha Bass

Silck ChartersThe unusually mild winter we’ve seen this year has the Ocklawaha River Largemouths on the bed. From Lake Griffin to Rodman Dam, the vast majority of our Bass population are now spawning.

Most of the Largemouths we’ve caught lately we’re fat with roe, and hesitant to bite on the first bait presented. Typical for Continue reading “BIg Bass On The Bed”

Largemouth Bass Spawn is On In Central Florida

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!
Central Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick Bozman

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

Chris Ballina with a Keeper Ocklawaha River Bass
Chris Ballina with a Keeper Ocklawaha River Bass
Ray Wooten with a 9lb. Ocklawaha Wallhanger
Ray Wooten with a 9lb. Ocklawaha Wallhanger

Captain Nick Says Endeaver to Perservere

“Endeavor to Persevere”

slick-charters-freshwater-glamour-shotI’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.

This Ocklawaha Fishing Report
From Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick

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