Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 80 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: morning to avoid afternoon storms
Best access point:
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Panfish, Crappie. Gar, Grass Carp
Fishing season: Year Round
Nearest airport: Orlando International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 2X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Freshwater Bass WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Density Compensated Full Sink Fly Line
There are almost to many different lakes and ponds to count the the Greater Orlando area. Nearly all of them from the roadside ditches to the bigger lakes such as LakeConway and ClearLake hold great populations of fish. LakeSantiago, Lake Lorna Doone, LakeRichmond, LakeIvanhoe, and ClearLake provide great access for shorebound anglers looking to catch a fish.
The size, water clarity, and ...
depth vary greatly from lake to lake but you're likely to find Largemouth Bass, Crappie, assorted panfish, and Gar willing to take a topwater popper or streamer.
If you are a follower of this re[port, it will look familiar. The bass are attracted toward the middle of the lake as small shad are feeding recklessly over submerged hydrilla. White wooly buggers, Puglisi glass minnows, and Brooke's blonde in white, size 6 or 8-are good imitations. There is a tiny-tiny midge hatch around sunrise and sunset. Shad eat the midges-Bass eat the shad. The surface will begin to boil with activity for about a minute. Then the action may move to another spot in the lake. These fish can be easily approached by boat with trolling motor or even with the outboard running.
One of our favorite anglers reports catching big bass on big flies. No better big fly than Choklett's Game Changer in white. Other anglers report catching bass while fishing worm style using the Turd Burgler with long rabbit strip tails. Let the fish take the fly for a few seconds before setting the hook, just like fishing plastic worms. Black and/or purple seem to be best.