Breaking Down The South Central
For the purpose of LocalAngler, we’ve defined the South Central region as the following counties: Hardee County, Highlands County, Okeechobee County, Glades County and Hendry County.
When it comes to Hardee County, you’re going to focus on some small ponds and lakes and a good system of river/creek. Oak Creek is a good one, and it spans a good range throughout the whole county. Start here. Fish on!
I’d like to think that all the inland counties are more unique than just creeks and lakes and ponds….yadda, yadda… and I’m right! This county is no sleeper, either! Lake Istakpoga is a fish producing machine. I’m talking OVER 400 fish brought in that breach 8lbs. Over 80 fish that break the 10lb mark, and even a few that have broken the 13lb mark! Good grief! Get your rod and get there. You’d think with all those fish, it would be taking a hit in population. Luckily, a lot of these lunkers are returned to the depths to keep growing and keep spawning.
Bordering the bottom portion of the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, you can put your money that you’ll need to head south. The northern half of Lake Okeechobee is here with the quaint little city of Okeechobee. Very zoned towards fishing and all of it’s greatness, the focus is on Big Lake O and it’s feeder Kissimmee River. Bass fishing here, in the tall grass and buck brush is a different animal. You might want to strengthen your rods before you come down here. No medium light rod is pulling even a 2lb bass out of the buck brush every time.
We find ourselves on the west bank of Lake O, and Fisheating Creek. Crazy name, huh? If you find yourself not fishing the lake, don’t get eaten by the fish in this river. I’m just kidding. I hope. There’s a good amount of freshwater canals here, and I’m sure there’s just as good a population of largemouth bass, waiting to be caught.
The northwest corner of the county crosses the Caloosahatchee River and the remainder of the county is pretty much riddled in chain lakes and ponds, like the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest area. A big part of the counties tourism is derived from the northeast corner from a little town called Clewiston. Sound familiar? Home of the Roland Martin Marina & Resort! I’d say this is a bucket list destination for many. What say you?
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