Palm Beach County
Lake Osborne is a 356-acre water body located in Palm Beach County. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, spikerush, willow and hydrilla. Nine fish attractors have been installed in the lake and are marked with buoys. Fish present in Lake Osborne include largemouth bass, sunshine bass, butterfly peacock bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish, and Mayan cichlids.
Because much of the lake is surrounded by John Prince Park, bank access is plentiful. The park has a public boat ramp and fishing dock. Picnic pavilions, a campground and public restrooms are also present. There are no marinas, fish camps, or bait and tackle stores on the lake. An Osborne-Ida Chain of Lakes map and brochure is available. Numbers to call for information or guide service on Lake Osborne are Xtreme Rods, Inc. (561-296-7637) and fish guide Butch Moser (561-732-5996).
Patches of eel grass can be found in many shallow areas, throughout Lake Osborne. The majority of large bass will have completed their annual spawn and moved from near-shore areas to deeper water. Largemouth bass will hit many of the popular lures such as top water, spinner, and rubber worms worked during early morning hours and late afternoon. Try fishing any structure or vegetation you can find since the fish will be looking for attractive ambush sites. As the weather warms in the middle of the day, try targeting deeper water using Rat-L-Traps or deep diving crank baits. Expect little action from sunshine bass as waters warm and the fish move to the deepest areas of the lake. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing will pick up during the spring spawn. Nice size channel catfish can be caught through this period from the bank using chicken liver or live worms. Action for nonnative species like peacock bass and Mayan cichlid should pick up as we move into the warmer months of the year.
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 the Osborne Chain-of-Lakes:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2