Polk County

Lake Walk in WaterAlso known as Lake Weohyakapka, this 7,528-acre anglers' favorite is located south of State Route 60, 10 miles east of Lake Wales off Walk-in-the-Water Road in Polk County. Predominant vegetation is cattail, bulrush (buggy whips), Kissimmee grass, and hydrilla. Tiger Creek flows in from the southwest and Weohyakapka Creek flows from the north end of the lake. Maximum depth is 12 feet. Nationally known for largemouth bass fishing, Lake Walk-in-Water provides both large numbers and trophy-sized fish. Drifting live shiners over offshore hydrilla is the most consistent technique, but many bass are caught on artificials as well, particularly topwater lures. There is a county boat ramp on the west shore at the end of Boat Landing Road.

For more information contact the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 863-648-3200.

Special Regulations for Largemouth Bass on Lake Walk-in-Water. A slot limit protects quality largemouth bass by requiring that bass between 15 and 24 inches in length must be immediately released back into the lake. The daily bag limit is three fish per day. Only one of the three fish may be greater than 24 inches. This means you may keep three bass less than 15 inches, or two bass less than 15 inches and one bass greater than 24 inches. For more information contact Bill Pouder at (863) 648-3200.

Current Forecast:

Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is improving.  Fish the vegetation near shore, or try your luck near the installed brush fish attractors for the best chance to catch some bream or shellcracker. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit the Interactive Fish Attractor Map.  Fishing for specks will slow as water temperatures rise.  Live Missouri minnows, Hal flies, and small spinners in open water for the best chance to catch a speck.  Largemouth bass fishing is good, with many fish in the three to five pound range being caught. Live wild shiners always produce, and plastic worms, jerkworms, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the warmer months. Try fishing very slowly around the brush fish attractors to find some big summer bass. During recent electrofishing surveys, a total of 20 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught, tagged, and released, with several over 10 pounds.  Just recently a bass weighing over 15 pounds was caught and released by an angler who was visiting on vacation.   Be on the lookout for tagged bass.  Tags are yellow and located on the back (dorsal) of the fish.  If you catch a tagged fish, remember to remove the tag and call the phone number provided on the tag.  You will need it to collect your reward!

FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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