Okeechobee Guide Service

As you may have guessed from the name, Okeechobee Guide Service is located on the largest freshwater lake in Florida. As well as being famous for its size, it’s also home to a huge and diverse Bass population! Come aboard and get ready to cast your line in these calm, fish-filled waters.

Captain Mike Jones will be your guide for the day. With over 15 years of experience running charters on the lake, he has unrivaled knowledge of these waters and hopes to make each trip a true pleasure for every guest. He runs trips targeting the different species of Bass that live here, as well as longer trips along the lake’s saline backwaters.

Capt. Mike welcomes you aboard his 20’ Ranger Trition bass boat – naturally, she’s the most suitable boat to explore these waters from!  She can accommodate up to 3 guests. Powered by a 225 HP Mercury engine, she has a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots, which will definitely get some wind in your hair. The vessel is equipped with all the necessary navigational and safety equipment, too.

You’ll be targeting the most popular fish in the region: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. The lake is abundant with them, and they’re a real gem not only to reel in but serve as tasty table fare! Along the backwaters, you’ll go after Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout, which provide excellent game and food qualities. You’ll be mainly spin casting, but fly fishing equipment is available for the more advanced among you.

As well as an amazing day of fishing, you’ll get to learn plenty about the region’s wildlife from the knowledgable Capt. Mike. Rods, reels, tackle, and lures are included in the price, and you can purchase live bait at a cost of $20 a dozen. With drinks offered on board, just bring some snacks for your trip, as well as a fishing license.

A trip with Okeechobee Guide Service is something you’ll remember for a lifetime. Come once and you’ll definitely be back!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $300
    If you're an early bird looking for the perfect introduction to Lake Okeechobee, as well as its surrounding brackish waters, this 4-hour trip is the perfect option! You'll explore Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River for species such as Largemouth Bass, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, so just purchase a fishing license, and you're good to go.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $300
    If you're more of a late riser, spend 4 hours exploring Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River during this afternoon adventure. You'll be targeting prized species such as Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout. This trip will allow you to familiarize yourself with both fresh and brackish waters, as well as fishing techniques such as spinning with both light and heavy tackle. Your captain will provide the gear, so just bring along a license.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $350
    The fruitful waters of the Okeechobee Lake and Indian River offer fantastic freshwater and backcountry fishing opportunities, so why not give yourself a little more time to explore them? Spend 6 hours trying to reel in as many Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout as you can! Your captain will provide your fishing gear, so just bring along a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    This 8-hour adventure is the perfect option for more seasoned anglers or guests who really want to make the most of the productive freshwaters of Lake Okeechobee and its surrounding rivers and waterways. You'll be primarily targeting Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, which are sure to provide you an excellent challenge, as well as a rewarding taste afterward. Your captain will provide the fishing gear, so just bring along a license.
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About the Captain

Captain Mike Jones
South Bay, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
27 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since November 2016
Captain Mike Jones has plenty of angling experience behind him, he's a professional tournament angler and is a two time winner of the American Bass Angler tournament trail on Lake Okeechobee and also fishes other tournament trails on Lake Okeechobee which he has placed in. He's been a full-time guide on Lake Okeechobee for over 16 years, which has turned him into a true professional, as well as a fish-chasing expert! Capt. Mike is a knowledgeable and friendly fisherman, and taking people out on the lake is a pleasure for him. He enjoys sharing his passion with his friends and guests.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Bonefish Bonefish
Redfish Redfish

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Ranger Trition (Bass boat) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 225HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in South Bay to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
85%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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John M.
Fenton, MO
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full day with Capt. Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 19, 2022
All enjoyed fishing with Captain Mike. Very friendly with a lot of great stories. Although the fishing was not good, he was...
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Cindy J.
Los Angeles, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 10, 2022
Great guy, great fish caught.
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Eric F.
Killingworth, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 16, 2022
Not ideal weather but Mike worked hard to put us on fish setting us up for success. We would go with him again
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Brian R.
Daytona Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 7, 2022
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Joe S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 21, 2022
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FAQs about Okeechobee Guide Service

Okeechobee Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Okeechobee Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Okeechobee Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Okeechobee Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

Okeechobee Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Okeechobee Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Bonefish
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout