Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

If you are a follower of this re[port, it will look familiar. The bass are attracted toward the middle of the lake as small shad are feeding recklessly over submerged hydrilla. White wooly buggers, Puglisi glass minnows, and Brooke's blonde in white, size 6 or 8-are good imitations. There is a tiny-tiny midge hatch around sunrise and sunset. Shad eat the midges-Bass eat the shad. The surface will begin to boil with activity for about a minute. Then the action may move to another spot in the lake. These fish can be easily approached by boat with trolling motor or even with the outboard running.

Seven-day forecast 

One of our favorite anglers reports catching big bass on big flies. No better big fly than Choklett's Game Changer in white. Other anglers report catching bass while fishing worm style using the Turd Burgler with long rabbit strip tails. Let the fish take the fly for a few seconds before setting the hook, just like fishing plastic worms. Black and/or purple seem to be best.

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow chartreuse 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Woolly Bugger white 8 Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow white 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Stimulator yellow 8 Buy from Orvis.com
Weedless Sneaky Pete Popper chartruese 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Hog Caller Hopper Buy from Orvis.com
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