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.
Special Regulations for Largemouth Bass on Lake Walk-in-Water. A slot limit protects quality largemouth bass by requiring that bass between 15 and 24 inches in length must be immediately released back into the lake. The daily bag limit is three fish per day. Only one of the three fish may be greater than 24 inches. This means you may keep three bass less than 15 inches, or two bass less than 15 inches and one bass greater than 24 inches. For more information contact Eric Johnson 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): 25
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 15
Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1
Largemouth bass fishing is good, with many fish in the three to five pound range being caught. During recent electrofishing surveys, a total of 14 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught and released, with several over 10 pounds. Just last spring a bass weighing over 15 pounds was caught and released by an angler who was visiting on vacation. Live wild shiners generally produce good catches, and plastic worms, jigs, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the warmer months. 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! Bass can also be found in open water chasing schools of threadfin shad in the early morning and late afternoons. When the water temperature really starts to heat up in the early summer and fish begin to move offshore, try fishing around offshore structure. 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. 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! Lake Walk-in-Water holds some great pan-fishing opportunities. 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. Fishing for specks will slow as summer approaches. Use live Missouri minnows, Hal flies, and small spinners in open water for the best chance to catch a speck.