Polk County

Lake 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.

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.

Current Forecast:

Bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing is slow, with many anglers targeting black crappie (specks) when temperatures drop.  Fish bulrush and cattail stands near shore for the best chance to catch some bream or shellcracker.  Fishing for specks should be excellent.  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 Fish Attractor Map found on our website. Shoreline vegetation (bulrush, cattails, and Kissimmee grass) should hold bass, especially when they begin to spawn.  Live wild shiners are producing, and plastic worms, jerkworms, and suspending stickbaits are the artificial baits of choice for the winter months.  The full moon in January signals the beginning of the spawning season, with big bass getting on the beds through April.  Try using plastic lizards, crawfish, tube baits, and worms to catch these fish. As the water starts to warm, try throwing a speed-worm around the shallow vegetation for some top-water action. There are plenty of TrophyCatch quality bass swimming here. There have been 32 TrophyCatch submissions of bass larger than 8 pounds so the chances of catching a lunker are good. Last spring a bass weighing over 15 pounds was caught and released by an angler who was visiting Florida on vacation. In 2015 electrofishing surveys, 16 bass larger than 8 pounds were caught, with a few weighing around 12 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:
A group of bass is called a shoal.

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