Polk County

Lake ParkerLake Parker is a 2,272-acre Fish Management Area in North Lakeland. A canal on the northwest shore connects to Lake Crago. Both offer good largemouth bass fishing, particularly during the winter and spring. The canal can be a real hot spot for large bass. Bluegill and catfish fishing is popular all year and don't be surprised to find a black crappie at the end of your line. During low water the canal can be tough to navigate. Kissimmee grass, bulrush, and cattail are the predominant vegetation. Maximum depth is 10 feet. There are three boat ramps on Lake Parker. A city ramp and park is located off Lake Parker Avenue on the west shore, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ramp off U.S. Route 92 on the south shore (Sertoma Park), and a county ramp on the east shore on Lake Parker Drive. Bank fishing areas can be found at both parks.

For more information call Phillips Bait and Tackle at 863-666-2248.


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Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Lake Parker:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 39

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 2


Current Forecast:

Fish for Largemouth Bass around submersed vegetation in open water when you see them feeding on shad and around any shoreline vegetation. Try flippin’ the vegetated areas with plastic worms and crawfish baits in Junebug, black and blue, and red shad colors. As water temperatures drop in the early winter months use this technique in areas that the sun has been shinning on. The sun will heat up the vegetation which will then heat up the surrounding water. It may not seem like much to an angler, but to a Bass a one-degree change in temperature makes a world of difference when it comes to feeding time. Use live wild shiners to target bigger bass around patches of submerged hydrilla and shoreline bulrush stands. The “hourglass” area at the north end of the lake usually holds fish and offers a smaller area for anglers to figure out what the fish are eating and relating to. Bluegill (bream) action will begin to taper off as the water temperature falls over the next few months. Fish with crickets under a cork near shoreline vegetation where the Bluegill congregate to spawn around the new and full moon each month during summer. Catfish fishing is good all year long. Use chicken liver, commercial stinkbaits, and frozen shrimp either on the bottom or below a cork. Black Crappie (specks) fishing will steadily improve as the water temperature drops. Troll with small spinners or jigs and drift live Missouri minnows under a cork along the edges of hydrilla beds for the best action. Tight lines!


FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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