Polk County

Walk-in-WaterAlso 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.


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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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): 62

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 25

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1


 Current Forecast:

Largemouth bass fishing is good, with many fish in the three to five pound range being caught. During recent electrofishing surveys, a total of 13 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught and released, with one over 10 pounds. Live wild shiners generally produce good catches, and plastic worms, jigs, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the early fall months while water temperatures are still high. As water temperatures steadily decline into the early winter, don’t be afraid to use Shad-imitating baits such as lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits on schooling bass feeding on shad in shallow areas. With the abundant native vegetation, such as bulrush (buggy whips), maidencane, and knotgrass (Kissimmee grass) along the shoreline, Lake Walk-in-Water provides some of the best topwater action around. Working weedless topwater baits like frogs and speedworms through the vegetation is a great way to see some explosive strikes! There are seven brush-type fish attractors marked with buoys scattered around the lake, and they are holding baitfish and some quality bass. For more information on the location of fish attractors visit the interactive Fish Attractor Map. 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. Bluegill (bream) and Redear Sunfish (shellcracker) fishing was hot this summer, with many fish bedding in and around the bulrush islands on the southern shoreline. Use crickets and grass shrimp for Bluegill and red wigglers for shellcracker. Fish them under a cork for some good catches until the water temperature drops. Try fly fishing for Bluegill, as they readily take small popping flies and other small flies. Black crappie (specks) fishing should improve as water temperatures drop. Try live Missouri minnows drifted over deeper holes in open water. Fishing for specks this year should be excellent as there is plenty of open water to fish.


FWC Facts:
Scientists can determine the age of a fish by counting growth rings, similar to growth rings of a tree, on otoliths, the “inner ear bones” of fish.

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