Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Florida Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Bigger action in the lily pads - bass. Frog season has kicked in. We have more reports of larger bass in lily pads. Weedless Frog patterns, and Weed-guard Dahlberg divers are perfect for this fishing. Use a stout leader to pull them out of the salad (12lb+).
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 18 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 79 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hatches are slim, but damselfly nymphs are subsurface. Watch for Damsels to hatch soon. With the warm season, the mayfly hatch is coming.

Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Panfish, Crappie, Gar, Grass Carp

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Orlando International Airport

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Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Description

The Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is a large group of around 60 different lakes located midway between Orlando and Tampa. A little less than an hours drive from either one of these metro areas you can find access via boat ramps on about a dozen of the lakes many of which are connected by a canal system allowing boaters into most all the lakes during higher water.

Most of the lakes are shallow ...

Techniques & Tips

There is lots of action in the lily pads for bluegill. The grass shrimp are late, but happening right now. While there are still some tilapia on the bed, we are post spawn for bass. Again, Smaller bass 10"-16" are cruising weedlines, and in general, are in deeper water again. Deep diving Clouser minnows are reliable, but use a smaller size for these fish. While we normally use size 2, but have found size 6 to be best this week. Bluegill are taking clousers too.

7-Day Forecast

Mild days are producing some spectacular sunset fishing. With cool mornings and warm afternoons, move your fishing day towards afternoons and evenings, instead of sunrise. Dragon flies and damsel flies are beginning to appear, so try those adult patterns, or try some nymph versions. Weighted wooly bugger is a great version of this.

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