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).
Butterfly Peacock Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing is doing well as we come into summer. Peacock Bass are increasingly active with the increase in temperatures and can be caught with a variety of methods such as in-line spinners, feather jigs, flies and live shiners. Largemouth Bass are plentiful but have begun moving offshore after spawning in the spring, fish the deep holes and look for structure and bait to find the fish. Lures such as crankbaits, jigs, and plastic worms work well all summer. The Osborne Chain-of-Lakes is also an excellent place to target a variety of panfish including Bluegill and Redear Sunfish. Anglers should target patches of vegetation with small jigs or live worms for best results. The Sunshine Bass fishing has also been heating up. Finding moving water from canals and control structures is the key to locating aggressive Sunshine Bass and can be successfully targeted with live shad or shiners. The Osborne Chain-of-Lakes also offers opportunities for anglers to catch several exotics including Mayan Cichlids, Clown Knifefish, and Bullseye Snakeheads. Traditional angling methods offer successful means of targeting exotics.
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