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.
Fish for largemouth bass around submersed vegetation in open water and around any shoreline vegetation. Try flippin’ these areas with plastic worms in Junebug and red shad colors. Use live wild shiners to target bigger bass around patches of submerged hydrilla and shoreline bulrush stands. The “hourglass” area at the north end of the lake always holds fish. Bluegill (bream) action will begin to taper off as the water temperature falls over the next few months. Fish with crickets under a cork near shoreline vegetation where the bluegill congregate to spawn around the new and full moon each month during summer. Catfish fishing is good all year long. Use chicken liver, commercial stinkbaits, and frozen shrimp either on the bottom or below a cork. Black crappie (specks) fishing will steadily improve as the water temperature drops. Troll with small spinners or jigs and drift live Missouri minnows under a cork along the edges of hydrilla beds for the best action. Hybrid striped bass (sunshine bass) were stocked three years ago and should show up in catches as the water cools. Fish for sunshine bass with small crankbaits and live Missouri minnows the way you fish for specks, and you might be rewarded with a tough fight.