Orlando Area Lakes and Ponds

Tip of the week 

With the above average temperatures and constant storms the fish have stayed close to the flowing water whether that be from canals, creeks, or culvert pipes. The higher water levels have caused increased water flows and this pushes bait into ambush zones. The water levels also push the bass shallow early in the morning. Frog patterns have been very successful causing some awesome blow ups. With topwater fly choices, stick to frog patterns both popper style and diving. The diving patterns work well with a slow retrieve or swimming it just underneath the surface depending on how aggressive the bass are. When its overcast the bass tend to want to chase prey since they feel safer from predators and have the advantage over prey in these adverse conditions. Those diving frogs or small white streamers are perfect for these more active bass. When it's sunny its best to slow it down and pick apart structure rather than cover water. Pay extra attention to grass lines and hard cover on sunny days when the bass don't chase as much. The bluegill action has been very good. With Popper Dropper rigs still being the best bet. Brighter colored topwaters in chartreuse, blue, or orange in a size 10 with a size 12 or smaller hares ear or pheasant tail trailed behind it. Also they have been munching the small streamers as well. When they are around hard cover, it has been docks, the less grass the better. They are also around the flowing water too eating the same flies as the bass.

Seven-day forecast 

There will be plenty of water moving through creeks, rivers, and canals. Canals with moving water should be good for bluegill and bass fishing all week. The water levels on the Peace River, Econ River, are above normal. Kissimmee River (below the Hwy 60 Dam,) is at a high level. Myakka River is at record high.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow white/tan 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Woolly Bugger olive 8 Buy from Orvis.com
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear red 12 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail natural 16 Buy from Orvis.com
Mini Pop Popper white 6 Buy from Orvis.com
Orvis CJ Nymph yellow 6 Buy from Orvis.com
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