Also 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.
Largemouth bass fishing has been good. There is very little, if any, hydrilla in the main body of the lake. Most anglers are targeting shoreline structure such as bulrush patches and Kissimmee grass, but these areas are getting a lot of pressure. Try to find isolated patches of submerged vegetation, and you should find plenty of bass. There are seven brush-type fish attractors marked with buoys scattered around the lake, and they are holding baitfish and some quality bass. Live wild shiners are still the bait of choice. Shad-imitating baits such as lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits work well on schooling bass in open water. Walk-in-Water is always a good place to use topwater lures, and they can be effective all day long. In spring 2013 electrofishing surveys, 17 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught, with a few around 12 pounds. 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, you will need it to collect your reward. There have already been 14 Trophy Catch submissions of bass larger than 8 pounds since last spring so the chances of catching a lunker are good. Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing was hot this summer, with many fish bedding in and around the bulrush islands on the southern shoreline. Use crickets and grass shrimp for bluegill and red wigglers for shellcracker. Fish them under a cork for some good catches until the water temperature drops. Try fly fishing for bluegill, as they readily take small popping flies and other small flies. Black crappie (specks) fishing should improve as water temperatures drop. Try live Missouri minnows drifted over deeper holes in open water. Fishing for specks this year should be excellent as there is plenty of open water to fish.
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. You will need it to collect your reward!