Palm Beach County:
Lake Osborne is a 356-acre water body located in Palm Beach County. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, spikerush, willow and hydrilla. Nine fish attractors have been installed in the lake and are marked with buoys. Fish present in Lake Osborne include largemouth bass, sunshine bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids.
Because much of the lake is surrounded by John Prince Park, bank access is plentiful. The park has a public boat ramp and fishing dock. Picnic pavilions, a campground and public restrooms are also present. There are no marinas, fish camps, or bait and tackle stores on the lake. An Osborne-Ida Chain of Lakes map is available. Numbers to call for information or guide service on Lake Osborne are Xtreme Rods, Inc. (561-296-7637) and fish guide Butch Moser (561-732-5996).
Large patches of eelgrass can be found in many shallow areas, especially within the northern lobe of Lake Osborne. The majority of large bass will have completed their annual spawn and moved from near-shore areas to deeper water. Largemouth bass will hit many of the popular lures such as top-water, spinner baits, and plastic worms worked during early morning hours and late afternoon. Try fishing any structure or vegetation you can find since the fish will be looking for attractive ambush sites. As the weather warms in the middle of the day, try targeting deeper water using Rat-L-Traps or deep diving crankbaits. Expect less action for sunshine bass as waters start to warm and the fish move to the deepest areas of the lake. Despite being less active during this period it may still be possible to catch a few in the early morning hours before temperatures heat up significantly. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing will pick up during the spring spawn and with the current warm temperatures it is likely many have already starting to bed at the end of March. Nice size channel catfish can be caught through the summer from the bank using chicken liver or live worms. The non-native fish populations have not experienced any extended cold weather events for a couple of years now and their numbers may be closer to what they were prior to the last major cold weather kill in 2009. Action for species like peacock bass and Mayan cichlid should increase as we move into the warmer months of the year.