Florida Fishing Regions
Palestine Lake (972 acres) is located one mile west of Lake Butler to SR 231 and right for six miles. Palestine Lake offers fair bass fishing for small yearling-size bass. The best baits are spinner baits, black or purple plastic worms and small topwater lures. These small bass can be caught throughout the year. Black crappie fishing is excellent and these fish can be caught throughout the year. During winter fish are taken by drifting live minnows in open water and in summer by fishing small jigs around brush type fish attractors.
Bluegill and redear fishing is poor. Some fish are taken by fishing live worms on the bottom. Sunshine bass fishing is good during the winter months with most fish being caught by crappie fishermen drifting live minnows in open water.
Lake Butler Lake
Lake Butler Lake (420 acres) is located in the city of Lake Butler. Schooling bass make up the majority of all bass caught on this lake. Small lures of any type will catch fish; however, the most productive is the plastic worm. Fishing should be done near the maidencane shoreline. The peak season is February through April.
Bluegill fishing is poor; however, the few fish caught are taken from the bottom using live worms. Sunshine bass are taken on a regular basis by fishing dead shiners on the bottom. The peak season is December through March.
New River is located four miles south of Lake Butler on SR 231 at the river bridge. New River is a narrow scenic stream and has good fishing for largemouth bass in the one- to two-pound range. The best lures are small plastic worms and small spinners fished near fallen trees and submerged stumps.
Redbreast fishing is excellent with live crickets and small spinners producing the most fish. These should be fished near submerged trees and stumps.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication