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If you’re looking for an unbeatable freshwater angling adventure in the Sunshine State, what could be better than casting a line in its largest lake? Join one of the many fishing guides on Lake Okeechobee, and you’ll get to explore “Florida’s Inland Sea” for some unforgettable species. Covering over 450,000 acres, these shallow waters are just waiting for you to come and discover what lies beneath!
 
There’s one species that stands above the rest in Lake Okeechobee – Largemouth Bass. Not only is this hard-fighter the most popular freshwater game fish around, it’s also Florida’s state fish. Newer anglers can target smaller varieties of this species, usually around 3 pounds, in the summertime by spinning and using light tackle. Want more of a battle on your hands? Face huge 10 pounders in winter on the fly!
 
It’s not just about Bass, though. You’ll also find popular Panfish such as Crappie and Bluegill thriving in these waters. They’re the perfect species to target if you’re looking for something tasty. Want to introduce your little ones to angling? These Panfish are also a great “beginner” target, with spring being the best time to cast your line for them. 
 
Fishing guides on Lake Okeechobee run a whole host of trips. Newbies can learn the ropes on a four-hour excursion, whereas experienced anglers can opt for a full day of fishing. The majority of charters launch out of Clewiston in the south, or Okeechobee in the north. Head to either of these locations and you’re bound to find the trip of your dreams!
 

Rules & Regulations

As is the case throughout Florida, you’ll need a valid freshwater fishing license to cast a line here. These aren’t provided by fishing guides, so make sure you purchase one before departing on your trip. 
 
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January
Fishing Lake Okeechobee in January is about as good as it gets! The Bass spawning season has just kicked off, drawing casual anglers and FLW tournament fishers to its vast, shallow waters.
February
Largemouth Bass spawning season is in full swing, and the lake is covered in small Bass boats looking for that trophy fish. Climb aboard or fish from shore at spots like the East Wall.
March

There’s no end to what you can catch fishing Lake Okeechobee in March. Bass and Crappie are on fire this time of year, and the Bluegill and Sunfish are coming into season, too!

April

April is traditionally the last big push of the trophy Bass season. Head out and bag that dream ten-pounder before the big fish disappear. Hit the canals for some Crappie while you’re at it!

May

As the spring sun warms the waters, the biggest Bass move to deeper and more remote waters in an attempt to beat the heat. You can still find some monsters this time of year, though!

June

Trophy Largemouth season is over on all but the coolest years. Bluegill and Sunfish are still around in the canals, and you always find smaller Bass further from the shore.

July

The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Ranch Rodeo offers great Southern fun that’s perfect for the whole family. This action-packed event sees cowboys and cowgirls don their hats and take on bulls and broncos.

August

The summer heat makes getting out on the lake almost unbearable unless you’re up early or out late. You can find plenty of two or three-pounder Bass if you can take the temperatures, though.

September

Spend the day hunting Bass in the depths of the lake, or try out a range of other water sports like water skiing or wakeboarding. If you’re swimming in the lake, keep an eye out for gators!

October

Summer is long gone, but the heat shows no sign of dropping off! Hit fall hotspots like the Shoal or Coots Bay if you’re on the hunt for Bass, or just head out for a boat tour of the area.

November

Lake Okeechobee fishing guides head back onto the water in force as Bass creep into the shallows. Spawning hasn’t started yet, but you can catch a monster before the season even begins!

December

If all you want for Christmas is a rod in your hands and a lake full of big Bass and Speckled Perch, head to Lake Okeechobee and get fishing. You’re guaranteed to avoid a white Christmas here!

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Calendar

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8 hour Okeechobee trip
Steve J. fished with Bass Flats & Beyond - Clewiston on May 5, 2021
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Be prepared for an awesome experience!!!
April fishing trip
Richard B. fished with Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee on April 15, 2021
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Yes, I think the spraying had an effect on the fishing. The experience was fantastic.
Half day trip with captain Doug Harris
Daniel F. fished with Wet Dreams Charters LLC on March 21, 2021
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Relax have fun and fish, don't over exceed your expectations it's fishing not catching !!
Great Day
Ronald J. fished with Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee on March 10, 2021
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Shiners were good to use. First time in ages I used them and they were very effective.
Trip with Captain Ryan
Lela K. fished with RLE Big Fish Adventures – Lake Okeechobee on November 27, 2020
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Take mosquito spray and not a lot of food
8 hour trip with Capt Wood
Morgan G. fished with Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee on May 7, 2020
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Don’t expect to go fully into Lake Okeechobee, as water levels run low in May, making it so you’re forced to fish the islands and canals on the perimeter of the lake. While you may not catch trophy fish, the bite is still extremely hot and you will put plenty of good fighting and good sized fish in the boat.
We Slayed All Day
Adam A. fished with Bass Flats & Beyond - Okeechobee on March 26, 2020
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Hire a guide with a boat and follow what they say.
Adventure of memories
Raymond T. fished with Bass Whisper Guide Lake–Okeechobee on January 28, 2020
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Dress in layers and be prepared to have a blast.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake Okeechobee


Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee, Bass Whisper Guide Lake–Okeechobee, and RLE Big Fish Adventures – Lake Okeechobee all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Okeechobee.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake Okeechobee is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Lake Okeechobee.

The top 4 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Lake Okeechobee are:

As the spring sun warms the waters, the biggest Bass move to deeper and more remote waters in an attempt to beat the heat. You can still find some monsters this time of year, though! Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake Okeechobee.