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): 71

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 26

Hall of Fame Club (13+ pounds): 1

 

 Current Forecast:

Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is improving with the warmer water temperature. Fish the vegetation near shore, or try your luck near the installed brush fish attractors for the best chance. Speck (Black Crappie) has slowed 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 our interactive Fish Attractor MapLargemouth bass fishing is good, with many fish in the three to five-pound range being caught. Live wild shiners always produce, and plastic worms, jerkworms, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the warmer months. Try fishing very slowly around the natural brush fish attractors to find some big summer bass. The heat of the summer months is also a valuable time to rely on your electronics for finding fish “offshore.” Schools of larger bass tend to relate to contour changes and brush piles in deeper water as ambush points during the summer. Once you find a school, throw a buoy overboard or mark a waypoint (or both) on your fish finder as you drive over them. Make a few casts at the spot with “dragging” type presentations (i.e., Carolina rig, Texas rig, Ned rig, jig) and then move to some “reaction” type presentations (i.e., crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits). Be sure to make multiple casts from all directions before giving up on your spot. If they won’t bite, move on to the next spot, but don’t be afraid to try the same spot multiple times throughout your day on the water as the school may turn on at any moment. Building confidence in using your electronics can make for memorable days on the water during the summer months. With increasing water temperature in the lake, 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, numerous bass larger than 8 pounds were caught, tagged, and released, with a few over 10 pounds (our biggest was 12.75 lbs!). 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!

 



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