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).
As the weather cools, anglers can start catching some crappie in deeper areas of the lake and the Largemouth Bass, and Sunshine Bass bite should really start to pick up. The peacock bass bite will also be very good this time of year, expect during cold fronts. Target Largemouth Bass early in the morning or late in the afternoon with topwater lures, crank baits, and live shiners. Consider trying jigs, live shiners, or plastic worms in deeper areas to target Largemouth Bass during the heat of the day. Sunshine Bass are best targeted with live shiners or shad freelined in deep holes and will likely produce Largemouth Bass and Butterfly Peacock Bass too. Butterfly Peacock Bass are best targeted with live shad or shiners around structure, seawalls, or edges of vegetation. Faster moving shad imitation baits like lipless crankbaits and jerk baits work well to target them as well. Lake Osborne is also an excellent place to target Bluegill and trophy sized Redear Sunfish. As we enter fall the Bluegill bite should start to slow down, but anglers should still be able to catch a few in shallow areas around vegetation. Anglers should target patches of eel grass for best results. Grass shrimp, crickets, and small jigs have been the preferred baits for Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Nice size channel catfish can be caught using chicken liver or live worms.
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