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.
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 Walk-in-Water:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 49
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 24
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1
Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is improving as the water temperature warms. Fish the vegetation near shore, or try your luck near the installed brush fish attractors for the best chance. Speck (Black Crappie) has been good, but should slow with the rising water temperatures. Live Missouri minnows, Hal flies, and small spinners in the open water should all be productive. There are seven brush-type fish attractors marked with buoys scattered around the lake, and they are holding baitfish and some quality fish. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit the interactive Fish Attractor Map. Shoreline vegetation (bulrush, cattails, and Kissimmee grass) should hold bass during the late spring months, but as water temperatures begin to rise anglers should look for schools of largemouth bass in deeper water for a memorable day on the water. Live wild shiners are producing, and plastic worms, weightless jerkworms, and crankbaits are the artificial baits of choice as water temperatures begin to warm up. Slow presentation baits like plastic lizards, crawfish, tube baits, and worms can also produce while fishing for bass when water temperatures heat up leading in to summer months. As the water starts to warm, try throwing a black and blue bladed jig or a speed-worm around the shallow vegetation to get the attention of bass that are there to feed during the dawn and dusk hours of the day. There are plenty of TrophyCatch quality bass swimming here. During recent electrofishing surveys, a total of 15 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught and released, with a few over 10 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.