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Fishing Opportunities are as Plentiful as the Bass and Crappie

There’s a little-known secret in Lake County that few local anglers would want anybody to know about. While many tourists and visiting fishermen to the Sunshine State choose coastal locations to drop a line, this Central Florida county of more than 1,000 named lakes offers some of the most diverse and abundant fishing opportunities in the state.

Regarded as a premier fishing destination in North America, Florida is often referred to as “The Fishing Capital of the World.” However, few areas in the state produce so many “big-catch” prospects as Lake County. During one month in 2005, more than 350 professional and amateur anglers converged for two separate nationally-televised fishing tournaments in Lake County.

Both tournaments were held on the Harris Chain, which is notorious for its supreme largemouth bass and fighting black crappie. The large 13,788-acre Lake Harris and smaller 3,359-acre Little Lake Harris provide some of the best fishing in the eight-lake Harris Chain.

Along with largemouth bass and black crappie, Lake Harris is also bountiful with other species such as bluegill, redear sunfish and sunshine bass. In fact, Lake Harris made the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) Top 10 list for sunfish fishing sites in 2005.

Also topping the list for best statewide fishing sites in 2005 are the St. Johns River and Lake George. Both bodies of water are located on the border of north Lake County. Lake George, the second largest lake in the state, is known for its incredible yield of trophy largemouth bass. It tops FWC’s list of Top 10 black bass fishing Areas for 2005.

The St. Johns River is the largest river in Florida as it stretches from west of Vero Beach to Jacksonville. The river tops two statewide fishing lists, weighing in as the fourth best site for catfish and the third best for striped, sunshine and white bass.

Other popular fishing locations in Lake County include the Clermont and Holly chains of lakes.

The Clermont Chain is comprised of 13 lakes that range from 20 to 3,634 acres. The Palatlakaha River, along with Lakes Minneola and Louisa, provide the best fishing opportunities on the Clermont Chain for largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. Channel catfish are also abundant as 20-pound catches are not uncommon.

The Holly Chain is comprised of three lakes north of the City of Umatilla. The chain features unusual contours for Florida lakes. The deepest water is found near shore, with a ridge rising in the center. Bass are often found near the deep water closest to the shore and where the bottom rises to the center ridge.

For more information on Lake County’s freshwater fishing opportunities and fishing forecasts, log on to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC’s) Web site at http://floridafisheries.com.

 

Guided Fishing Charters in Lake County, Florida
Bass N Gal Guide Service
24140 State Road 46
Sorrento, FL 32776
Phone: 1-866-383-1893
Fax: (352) 383-1185
E-mail: llh30@comcast.net
Web site: www.bassngalguideservice.com
Guided Fishing Trips with Captain Lynda Hawkins. Alternate Phone: (352) 267-0062. Call or email for more information and reservations.
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Harris Chain of Lakes Fishing Guide Service
24140 State Road 46
Sorrento, FL 32776
Phone: (352) 988-4805
E-mail: joedbasbt@comcast.net
Web site: www.harrischainbassguideservice.com
Guided Fishing Trips with Captain Joe Hussey
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Revolution The Off Road Experience
4000 State Road 33
Clermont, FL 34714
Phone: 352-400-1322
Hours: 24/7 364 days a year
E-mail: aj@revolutionoffroad.com
Web site: www.revolutionoffroad.com
Offers an assortment of driving and water sports activities from $69.99 for an 80-minute ride on an ATV to a 2 1/2-hour experience for $149 on ATVs 4x4 and Dune Buggy. Fishing experience for $200 plus water skiing from $60. Riders must be over 16 years of age to drive and reservations are required.
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Fishing Unlimited
24948 Butler St.
Astor, FL 32102
Phone: (352) 759-2446
E-mail: captnroger@aol.com
Web site: www.fishingunlimitedastor.com
Call for pricing.
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Pure Enjoyment Fishing Charters
2027 Meadowside Drive
Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: (407) 402-2990
E-mail: captjohn@pureenjoymentfishing.com
Web site: www.pureenjoymentfishing.com
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Great Fishing Spots in Lake County, Florida
Astor's Florida Inn Riverside Bed & Breakfast
55336 Claire St.
Astor, FL 32102
Phone: (352) 759-3395
E-mail: info@astorsfloridianinn.com
Web site: www.astorsfloridianinn.com
Astor's Floridian Inn is located in beautiful Lake County Florida approximately 30 miles west of Daytona Beach, just off Highway 40, in Astor. Nestled on the banks of the St. John's River, with its towering moss draped oak and cypress trees, and manicured landscape, Astor's Floridian Inn is the perfect place to relax and soak in old Florida appeal.
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Blue Creek Area Vacation Rental
56546 Pecan Road
Astor, FL 32102
Phone: (352) 759-3377
Hours: 24/7
E-mail: weightless1@juno.com
Web site: www.astorflorida.com
A computer is available along with Internet and computer games.
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Footloose RV Resort
11711 Ocklawaha Drive
Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: (352) 253-1111
E-mail: footlooseresort@gmail.com
Web site: www.footlooseresort.com
Facilities include 13 RV spaces, six cottage rentals, boat rentals and waterfront on Haines Creek. Rates are $35 daily, $195 weekly and $495 monthly Also available are apartments with one and two bedrooms.
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Haines Creek RV Village
10121 County Road 44 E.
Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: (352) 728-5939
Fax: (352) 728-5798
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
E-mail: info@hainescreekrvvillage.com
Web site: www.hainescreekrvvillage.com
$30 daily, $175 weekly, $350 monthly
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Lake Griffin Marina
5620 Bertsville Road
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Phone: (352) 753-3241
Hours: 24 hours a day
Facilities feature 11 rentals, bait & tackle store with snacks, dock, picnic area and credit cards are accepted.
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Lazy Oaks Resort
1414 N. Lake View Ave.
Leesburg, FL 34748
Phone: (352) 787-3626
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Nelson's Outdoor Resort
19400 S.E. Highway 42
Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone: (352) 821-3474
Fax: (352) 821-3553
Hours: Daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
E-mail: info@nelsonsoutdoorresort.com
Web site: www.nelsonsoutdoorresort.com
Marina with fuel, pontoon boat rentals, live bait and tackle, boat ramp for $3.00, camping, cabins, restaurant, and country store. RV Rates: $28 Daily, $125 Weekly, $350 Monthly. Tent Rates: $15 Daily, $75 Weekly, $225 Monthly
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Pine Island Fish Camp
6808 Lake Griffin Road
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Phone: (352) 753-2972
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Directions: From US 27/441 in Lady Lake, turn east on Lemon St. Go 1 Block. Turn Left on Lake Griffin. Drive 6 miles. (One mile past Harbor Hills Gate #1)
Facilities: 33 rentals/boat/ bait/tackle/store/ snacks/dock/picnic/credit cards $25 daily, $125 weekly, $375 monthly
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Umatilla Bait & Tackle
563 N. Central Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 19)
Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone: (352) 669-0185
E-mail: umatillabaitandtackle@gmail.com
Directions: Cross Streets: Between W. Collins St. and Palmetto St.
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Black Bass Fishing Resort
10402 County Road 44
Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: (352) 314-2123
Fax: (352) 314-2123
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 7 days a week
E-mail: info@blackbassresort.com
Web site: www.blackbassresort.com
Facilities include bait & tackle store with snacks, picnic area, $3 boat ramp charge and dock. RV rates are $35-$45 daily, $165 weekly and $450 monthly. Motel rates $250 weekly and $65 daily.
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Fisherman's Wharf
5101 Eagle's Nest Road
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: (352) 360-0600
Fax: (352) 360-1111
Hours: 24 hours a day
Facilities: 60 spaces/70 boat slips/public launch
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Front Street Bait & Tackle
55522 Front St.
Astor, FL 32102
Phone: (352) 759-2795
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Web site: www.frontstreet-bait.com
Facilities: 7 rentals/boat/ bait/tackle/snacks/ dock/picnic/guide/ store/from $50
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KH Ranch Resort
18604 Demko Road
Altoona, FL 32704
Phone: 321-356-3754
E-mail: christinasbr@aol.com
Web site: www.khranchresort.com
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Lake Harris Lodge
11924 Lane Park Road
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 343-4111
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 7 days a week
E-mail: info@lakeharrislodge.com
Web site: www.lakeharrislodge.com
Facilities include 27 rentals, 10 cottages, tackle & bait store with snacks, dock, picnic area, guides are available, credit cards are accepted, $2 boat ramp charge and lodging is from $50 for cottages and $15 for RV spaces.
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Morgan's Mobile Home Park & Fish Camp
4056 Picciola Road
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: (352) 787-4916
Hours: From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Facilities: bait/tackle/picnic $25 daily, $450-500 monthly
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Palm Gardens Marina and RV Park
1661 Palm Gardens St.
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 343-2024
Fax: (352) 343-5516
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 7 days a week
E-mail: owner@palmgardensmarina.com
Web site: www.palmgardensmarina.com
Facilities: 14 rentals/20 RV spaces/boat/bait/ tackle/store/ snacks/dock/ guide/credit cards/from $45 (rentals) $10 (RV’s)
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Sorrento Bait and Tackle
24140 State Road 46
Sorrento, FL 32776
Phone: 1-866-383-1893
Hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7 days a week
E-mail: info@sbtoutdoors.com
Web site: www.sbtoutdoors.com
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