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): 56

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 25

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 the interactive Fish Attractor Map. Largemouth 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 brush fish attractors to find some big summer bass. With water temperatures rising, anglers should look for schools of largemouth bass in deeper water for a memorable day on the water. 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, 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!


FWC Facts:
Snook are ambush feeders, often hiding behind bridge pilings, rocks and other submerged structures to surprise their prey.

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