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).
Anglers have been catching bluegill and bass along the shoreline edges. Anglers should target patches of eel grass for best results. Grass shrimp, crickets, and small jigs have been the preferred baits for bluegill that should remain plentiful through October. Expect to take bass in the early morning with topwater lures and later in the day with plastic worms, crank baits, and live shiners. Shiners can work well near drop offs and the edges of vegetation. Bass fishing should continue to be productive but could slow somewhat as cold fronts initially move in. Bass will tend to move into deeper waters during these periods of colder weather. Try fishing deeper holes using crank baits or other baits that can be fished closer to the bottom. Sunshine bass fishing should begin to increase this quarter. As water temperatures begin to drop in late October, live shiners or shad freelined in deep holes will be an excellent producer for sunshine bass, as will fresh shrimp fished in areas such as the 6th avenue pass that funnel migrating fish. Black crappie anglers can expect more action as water temperatures start to decrease, particularly around fish attractors, other brush piles and the edges of vegetation in late October or early November. Jigs and live minnows should be excellent producers. Nice size channel catfish can be caught using chicken liver or live worms. Activity for peacock bass and other exotic fishes will slow down as waters cool down.
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