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Fishing in Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee is known as the"Big O" and is a bucket list fishing experience for chasing big bass! This lake offers the best fishing in central Florida and might be the top Largemouth Bass lake in the whole state.

If you arent familiar with this fishing paradise, you don't want it to fall short of its potential. So we recommend booking a full day or half-day Lake Okeechobee fishing charter. Many of the guide services work full time on the water and stay in sync with the fish patterns and which brush piles the trophy bass are hiding under.

Besides Largemouths anglers can reel in Peacock Bass, Crappie or "Speck," Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, White Bass, Flathead Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Black Crappie, and Walleye.
  • Known For

    Known for being Florida's "Inland Sea" and the second-largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States. In fact, Okeechobee means "Big Water." Lake Okeechobee is half the size of Rhode Island, surrounded by charming towns, hiking, wildlife watching, and fishing. The Kissimmee River is the primary source of water and also provides excellent campgrounds for people wanting a little bit more time in nature.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    For kids under the age of 16, a freshwater fishing license is not required. However, all other anglers must be in possession of a valid fishing license when fishing Lake Okeechobee.

    Residents can acquire an annual license for $17, and non-residents can purchase a 3-day freshwater fishing license for $17.

    Before heading out for your fishing trip, make sure to check out our Florida page and, most importantly, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the latest bag limits, size requirements, and license needs to keep our waters stocked full of great fishing.

  • Types of Fishing

    Largemouth Bass tips and techniques are best left to the local Lake Okeechobee Bass Fishing Guides. Some standard practices can work for bass all around the country, but this lake is massive, and you don't want to spend your whole day driving around the lake, chasing different fishing spots.

    Crappie is often referred to as Speckled Perch or simple "Speck" in the state of Florida. Catching fish while Crappie fishing is best served when using around 4 to 6-pound test line and the proper jig head weight depending on current and depth.

  • Best Season to Fish

    The best time of year for Lake Okeechobee Bass fishing is during the spawn. During this time, you can target the shallow depths with a topwater. A local favorite that can provide a lot of success is to catch wild shiner and use those as your bait.

WHAT KIND OF FISH ARE IN LAKE OKEECHOBEE

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FAQ’s ABOUT FISHING IN LAKE OKEECHOBEE

How much does a fishing guide cost?

Fishing guides can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 per person. Most inland lake full-service fishing guides charge around $150-$200 per person. However, it can be less with group discounts. Don’t forget to tip your fishing guide at the end of your trip! 15% to 20% is a common practice in the industry.

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