Lake 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.
TrophyCatch 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): 7
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 2
Bluegill (bream) fishing should really start to pick up as water temperatures rise. Fish can usually be caught on crickets and red wigglers around shoreline structure. With water temperatures climbing, black crappie (specks) catches will begin to slow. Try drifting live Missouri minnows, or trolling with Hal flies and small spinners over open water, with chartreuse, pink, and white the best colors to use. Largemouth bass can be taken on live wild shiners below a cork or free-lined. If you want to fish with artificial lures, try flipping plastic worms in Junebug and red shad colors in and around cattails and bulrush (buggy whips). The “hourglass” area on the north end of the lake usually holds quality bass. The “hourglass” has deeper water with a ring of vegetation so it holds fish year-round. Spawning started as early as January, and will through April, so this will be your best chance to find a trophy. Catfish can be caught on chicken livers and commercial stink baits.