Guide To Fishing At Lake Okeechobee
AKA: The Big O
Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, bowfin, chain pickerel and longnose gar at Lake Okeechobee in Florida.
Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in Florida, is commonly referred to as "The Big O". It is a 448,000-acre lake located in the southern-central part of the state, at the town of Okeechobee. Like many Florida lakes it is shallow, with a maximum depth of thirteen feet. The Kissimmee River is the primary source of water that flows into the lake, along with numerous other smaller creeks and rivers. With daytime high temperatures from mid-70's to low 90's, year round, it is a popular boating and fishing destination.
Fishing At Lake Okeechobee
Largemouth bass - big bass are the primary draw for fishermen. The lake is also a favorite of crappie, bluegill, catfish, pickerel, bowfin, gar and sunfish anglers. And with 135 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of places to wet a line.
Primary fish species residing in Lake Okeechobee
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Bass Fishing At Lake Okeechobee
Warm, shallow water with lots of cover and food supply make The Big O a haven for big Florida bass. In spring lots of monster bass move into very shallow water during the pre-spawn and spawn. They make nests among the reeds and vegetation and feed heavily during the pre-spawn. Okeechobee hosts annual bass tournaments for Bass Elite Series, FLW and many other national and local tournament organizations.
Crappie Fishing At Lake Okeechobee
Crappie, or speckled perch (specks) as they are known locally, are abundant on Okeechobee. Find schools of baitfish and the crappie are likely to be hanging with them. Best time to fish for crappie is the cooler months of autumn through spring. Live minnows and crappie jigs trolled deep account for the vast number of catches here.
Lake Okeechobee Fishing Reports, Forums & Blogs
Fishing reports by Mark King.
Lake Okeechobee Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Fishing Boat Rentals
Jolly Roger Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
Roland Martin Marine Center
Rentals: Fishing boats, bass boats and pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
C Scott Driver Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, at the north end of the State Highway 78 Bridge, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking.
Herbert Hoover Dike Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Herbert Hoover Dike, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Lake Okeechobee Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off State Highway 78, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Pahokee Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, east side, off N Lake Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Roland Martin Public Access Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Hoover Dike Road, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.
South Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Levee Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.
Pahokee Campground & Marina
190 North Lake Avenue
Pahokee, FL 33430
Roland Martin Marina
920 E. Del Monte Ave
Clewiston, FL 33440
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
KOA Kampground - 863 763-0231
Lake Okeechobee Outpost - 561 924-7832
South Bay RV Campground - 561 992-9045
Zachary Taylor Camping Resort - 863 763-3377
Lake Okeechobee Information
Marinas & Boat Slips
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina - 863 983-3151
Boat, Houseboat & Jet Ski Rental
Jolly Roger Marina Boat Rentals - 863 983-7402
Average high and average low, monthly temperatures at Lake Okeechobee.
- January 74° - 50°
- February 78° - 52°
- March 80° - 56°
- April 84° - 60°
- May 89° - 67°
- June 91° - 71°
- July 92° - 72°
- August 92° - 73°
- September 90° - 72°
- October 87° - 66°
- November 80° - 60°
- December 75° - 53°
Rentals & Lodging Nearby Lake Okeechobee
Choose from a wide variety of accommodations at, and nearby the lake, including motels, resorts, cabins and vacation rentals.
Pier II Resort - 863 763-8003
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort - 863 983-3151
Hotels & Motels
Best Western of Clewiston - 863 983-3400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clewiston - 863 983-5100
Seminole Inn - 772 597-3777
Travelodge Suites - 863 824-3431
Perfect Drive Golf Villas - 772 873-0515
Real Estate, Homes & Property
Todd Realty - 561 924-7600
Lake Okeechobee FL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Roland Martin Marina & Resort
920 E Del Monte Ave
Clewiston, FL 33440
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Lake Okeechobee in Florida.
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Lake Okeechobee offers crappie, bluegill, catfish, pickerel, bowfin, gar, sunfish and bass fishing in southern-central Florida. Lake Okeechobee in Florida offers great fishing plus boat, bass boat and pontoon boat rentals.