Florida Fishing Regions

Highlands County

General Information
This county has over 95 lakes, 30 of which offer public boat ramps. Bass fishing is best in shallow water during the early spring when fish are spawning. Bluegill and redear sunfish spawn during April and May, and fishing where bedding fish congregate is successful. Crappie fishing is best from November through April. Fishing piers are located at lakes June-in-Winter (H.L. Bishop Park) and Jackson (Sebring) off Lakeview Drive, west of US Hwy. 27. Sunshine bass have been stocked into Lake Huntley, and sunshines up to eight pounds are caught early and late in the day, especially during the winter. Access is on Holmes Avenue, north of CR 259 and east of US Hwy. 27.

Lake Istokpoga
Perhaps the best fishing in the South Region exists in this 27,692-acre lake located east of US Hwy. 27. Excellent bass and bream fishing occur year-round and crappie fishing peaks during the winter months. Several fish camps and nine boat ramps provide ample access to the lake. Arbuckle Creek enters at the northwest corner of the lake and provides good fishing for bass and spotted sunfish during the winter and spring.

Lakes June-in-Winter and Placid
These clear, deep lakes support good bass, bream and crappie populations; however, different angling techniques are needed to be successful. During the spring, spawning fish can be caught within the fringe of vegetation that encircles the lakes. The remainder of the year fish move offshore and are caught around open water structure (submerged weed beds and dropoffs) in deep water. To enhance angling success, artificial fish attractors have been installed and are marked by buoys. Crappie fishing is particularly good at night from November to April. Lake June-in-Winter access is located off CR621 (Lake June Road), west of US Hwy. 27, and Lake Placid access is off Placidview Road, west of US Hwy. 27.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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